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Multiple ‘Captain Marvel’ Screenings Trolled

Most people are delighted to see Brie Larson star as Captain Marvel in the latest Hollywood superhero blockbuster, viewing it as a win for diversity. However, reports of antisocial behavior at screenings of the film are surfacing around the US. Sources close to Bookstr have provided an exclusive scoop regarding the trolling of Captain Marvel screenings in theaters.

Moviegoer Jenny Lynn Emperador attended a screening the film with her mother, at 3:45pm on Sunday, and described the behavior she witnessed.

“So basically I was at a normal screening of Captain Marvel at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon. Toward the end of the [opening] credits about, a couple of jerks threw their nacho cheese pretty high at the screen. It disrupted the first credit.”


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Emperador’s sympathies went to the employees who had to go out of their way to clean up the mess. “We let the cleaning staff and they had to [postpone] their next showing I guess to clean the cheese. I feel bad for the staff, the cheese was pretty high on the left side of the screen.”


Another attendee of a Captain Marvel screening, Jeremiah Smith, explained,

“I took the family to see Captain Marvel Saturday afternoon at the Cinemark 8 in Chino Hills, near where we live. The screening was pretty full, lots of families with young kids. Right before the trailers started a group of four or five teenage boys, aged thirteen or fourteen sat near the front. They were being rowdy, pushing each other, but they settled down pretty quickly. About fifteen minutes into the film itself though they started yelling, kicking their seats, throwing garbage behind them, and just acting wild. People were shushing them, telling them to leave, but they didn’t listen. After about five minutes an usher escorted them out. They were yelling “Captain Marvel sucks!” but they left.”


“The film rolled on and everyone had a great time,” Smith continued. “I couldn’t say for sure that it was a protest of the film, but it sure felt like it. What other reason would a group of boys have to pay for tickets only to get thrown out? I haven’t talked to anyone at the theater, but I’m tempted to call them to at least express my concern.”


Jami Losurdo, a concerned friend of Emperador and Smith, cautioned potential moviegoers who planned to see the film.


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Captain Marvel was catching heat even before the opening night of Friday, March 8th, when Variety reported that Captain Marvel destroyed the Box Office of $455 Million globally.




Even before the film premiered, people had made up their minds about it, dismissing it and leaving abusive and derisive comments on the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page. A Rotten Tomatoes staff member commented on the reviews.

“We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie’s release date. Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have.”



Rotten Tomatoes went as far as to deleting 50,000 ‘reviews’ after receiving 58,000 reviews in one day, according to Comic Book. . Currently, regardless of all the negativity, the film holds an 80% rating on the Tomatometer. Talk about girl power right?



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Publisher’s Social Media Manager Opens Up About Trolling

For many women, sexual assault survivors, and allies, the Brett Kavanaugh Senate nomination embodies the issues of consent and gendered violence in our culture. Sophie Vershbow, senior social media manager at a one of the world’s leading publishers, felt that she lacked a place to vent her feelings about the hearing and so she, like so many others, turned to Twitter as an outlet, tweeting the lines: “DO NOT FUCK MEN WHO SUPPORT KAVANAUGH.”


Sophie Vershbow Tweet



In an article for HuffPost, Vershbow explains  her rationale behind the tweet:

I felt utterly insane sitting in my cubicle watching MSNBC with tears streaming down my face. Short on outlets to relieve the rage building up inside me, I tweeted, “DO NOT FUCK MEN WHO SUPPORT KAVANAUGH” (four times, with emojis for emphasis).


Considering her level of experience—professionally and personally—with social media, Vershbow knew her tweet would elicit a strong public reaction, but she could not have predicted what happened next. The response was immediate. Women and survivors joined her in expressing their grief, their feelings of helplessness, and their willingness to help each other during a time when those in power continue not only to ignore, but to discredit their experiences.

In contrast, the second wave of responses came from “internet trolls,” as Vershbow calls them, who sent her messages ranging from slurs to death threats. She states that many such haters had “photos of President Donald Trump in their profile pictures or #MAGA in their bios”; a troubling yet unsurprising fact considering Trump’s public endorsement of Kavanaugh.

Unlike her Twitter where Vershbow “barely knows anyone” who follows her, Vershbow’s Instagram (though public) is mostly a way for her to connect with friends and family. She was horrified that any and all members of her family, right down to her “stepcousin once removed,” would be subjected to witnessing the trolls’ abuse along with her.


Vershbow on Insta



In typical troll fashion, though, not every move was entirely thought through; the trolls attempted to report Vershbow to her employer by tweeting at the publisher, not realizing that that as social media manager, Vershbow necessarily manages such accounts. Thankfully, her employer proved exceptionally supportive, and Vershbow was able to take down the post without feeling like she was giving her haters what they wanted:

It wasn’t until almost a week later, with a handful of trolls lingering on my company’s account, that I decided to take it down. By that point, I felt so fortunate to have the backing of my company that deleting one social media post to end the harassment felt like an easy decision. Anything to make those last few people who continued to email every public inbox listed on the company website move on.


Svershow on Insta



Vershbow’s experience with trolls is almost inevitable on a site that encourages its users to freely express their personal ideas with very little restriction. On the bright side, though, she declares that Twitter was a place of immeasurable support during emotional times:

In the wake of the Kavanaugh tweet, it was hard to feel optimistic about anything. I couldn’t shake the sense that we had fractured too far as a country to ever sew ourselves back up. And I’m so thankful to the community that reminded me there really is still good in this world. For a platform that hosts so much hate, there sure is a lot of love on there.


Svershbow on Twitter



In addition to providing an important sparking point in the debate around internet-policing and free speech, Vershbow’s experience provides a bit of hope to those of us who are equally as disheartened as she is with the results of the Kavanaugh hearings. The fact that a major publisher like Random House was willing to stand by her—even as her position proved controversial—is a huge victory.

Read Vershbow’s full article on HuffPost here!