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South Park Uses Ghostbusters 2016 Girls Rule, Women Are Funny, Get Over It Review Quote

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Nov. 20, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: 2016 Parody Remake
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(from "Fort Collins", 10/26/2016, s20e06)

South Park has been referencing Ghostbusters 2016 all throughout this season, with Cartman feigning interest in the film in order to woo his new girlfriend. In the 20th season premiere (titled "Member Berries", airdate 9/14/2016), Cartman gives a speech to his school about the misogyny perpetrated by internet troll "skanthunt42" against the females of the town.
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Fellow students. As you know, an Internet troll by the name of 'skankhunt42' has been harassing women and girls by making degrading comments on our school message board. The girls are very upset, and many male students believe that it's just because girls don't have a sense of humor. I beg to disagree. Girls rule, women are funny, get over it. Just the other day, in the hallway, I heard two male students saying how the new Ghostbusters sucked balls. I was shocked and appalled. It is time for us all to realize and accept that girls are cool, and women are funny.
It wasn't the mention of Ghostbusters that caught my interest, but something else that Cartman said. Does this set of screens from Sony's Ghostbusters 2016 TV Spot #43 - "Dazzling" give you a hint?

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His line, "Girls rule, women are funny, get over it." is the "blurb whore" phrase used by Manohla Dargis in her movie review published by The New York Times on July 10, 2016.

In its proper context, the blurb reeks of being including for the sake of being later excerpted in movie advertising - something that some reviewers are keen to do because they like seeing their name in print/on screen.
No one performance dominates the new "Ghostbusters," which is for the most part democratically comic (a Paul Feig signature), although Kate McKinnon's magnificent, eccentric turn comes close. She plays Holtzmann, the in-house mad-hatter who whips up the ghost-busting hardware (proton packs included) with a crazy leer and page after script page of playful-sounding gobbledygook. Ms. McKinnon makes for a sublime nerd goddess (she brings a dash of the young Jerry Lewis to the role with a glint of Amy Poehler) and, in an earlier age, would probably have been sidelined as a sexy, ditsy secretary. Here, she embodies the new "Ghostbusters" at its best: Girls rule, women are funny, get over it.
The quoted text is not directly related to the text that comes before it. The line could have simply ended with "at its best" and the point would have been made. Proof that the quote was added for "attention" is given by the fact that it also appears in the review headline. Headlines exist simply to draw attention. Methinks that Jennifer Lynch would not approve of this superfluous text.

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