Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has managed to rack up more than one million dislikes. It’s been viewed 12 million times and counting, and it appears as if the dislikes are catching up to the views at a rapid pace.
Activision posted up the video of the sci-fi themed shooter game back on May 2nd. You can check out the video trailer below.
The fact that this is the third year in the row where gamers are getting a sci-fi themed Call of Duty – compounding a tired and rehashed franchise onto a tired and rehashed motif – the audience said enough was enough. Following the reveal of the World War I-themed Battlefield 1, the dislikes for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare skyrocketed. Check out the stats below.
It’s funny because a bunch of white knights have been trying to guilt-shame audiences into not disliking or downvoting the trailer for Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot. Yet, if you compare the stats, the trailer for Ghostbusters has 31 million views and only 763,000 dislikes. There are almost 300,000 more dislikes for the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer, and it barely has half the amount of views as the Ghostbusters trailer.
So you’ve got 10% of the viewing audience of Infinite Warfare hating it to the high heavens, while approximately 2% of the viewing audience of the Ghostbusters reboot video disliked the trailer. By comparison Sony should be laughing and saying “Ha, at least we’re not Activision!”
The inane part about it is that more people obviously dislike Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare than they do the Ghostbusters reboot, yet the agenda-pushing media have made it a goal to bring Hitler, sexism and “muh soggy knees” into the discussion.
You have Andrew Stephens from the Sydney Morning Herald claiming that the trailer brings on the “ire of misogynists”, as if misogynists have been idly sitting by in their caves just waiting for a YouTube trailer to pop up starring an all-female cast in an action-comedy so they can use their patriarchy phones to inform their brethren at the Cathedral of Misogyny to go and downvote the video into oblivion.
Fortune’s Tom Huddleston, Jr., follows the reports that the dislikes come from “sexism” and “misogyny“, go-to buzzwords to deflect any and all criticisms if a woman is remotely or even tangentially involved.
Raw Story also played up the dislike of the Ghostbusters movie trailer being composed mostly of misogynist trolls. If you’re a woman and you happened to dislike the trailer, either you don’t exist or you’re a gender traitor in the eyes of today’s media circus.
Of course, none of these sites are going to make the comparison to the fact that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – a trailer mind you, that doesn’t really feature any prominent female cast members or giveaway the gender of the main character – is far more disliked by the actual community than the Ghostbusters reboot.
The thing is, there’s no way to spin it as “misogyny” given that people actually dislike Infinite Warfare because they’re tired of the rehashes.
A large portion of the Ghostbusters hate comes from people tired of Social Justice Warrior agendas being force-fed into media and then used as a platform to preach as opposed to a movie being made about something fun and entertaining.
Leading up to the release of the trailer, director Paul Feig had pretty much setup the movie as a platform for today’s gender politics, as opposed to a true sequel/reboot of the Ghostbusters. Combine the non-stop sociopolitical hammering from the media with a lackluster trailer where fans say it “lacked laughs”, and it’s not hard to see that Ghostbusters has become a victim of the media’s own narrative.
Comic Book Girl 19 managed capture the nuance of the minefield debate in the span of just eight minutes, and brought up a lot of good points along the way.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is just a victim of a tired theme being played out on a franchise that has fatigued its audience. Funnily enough, more people dislike the fact that Infinite Warfare has wrung out the sci-fi welcome in Call of Duty than they dislike the fact that the sociopolitically-motivated Ghostbusters doesn’t look like a very good movie… based on the trailer.
Sony’s Ghostbusters is due for release this July while Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is set for release on November 4th this fall.