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5 Truly Outrageous Reactions to the Jem and the Holograms Trailer


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By now, Hollywood studios should know to never screw with original source material for live-action adaptations of comic books, cartoons, books, etc. We’ve seen the uproar when Michael Bay dared to suggest the Ninja Turtles were aliens. We remember how the Green Lantern movie trashed key story elements in favor of terrible CGI. And the less said about M. Night Shyamalan’s take on The Last Airbender, the better. But apparently, the threat of fan uproar still isn’t enough to deter studio meddling. Case in point: the new trailer for the live-action version of Jem and the Holograms.

The movie is adapted from an ’80s cartoon and toy line centered on music company owner named Jerrica Benton who moonlights as mysterious singer Jem thanks to magical earrings and holographic projection. The live-action version, however, abandons all that in favor of a hackneyed story of an average teen girl becoming a YouTube starlet and the whirlwind (and complicated) fame that follows. You know, basically the female version of that Brady Bunch episode where Greg becomes Johnny Bravo.

Sure enough, once the trailer debuted, the reaction was wholly negative. Comments flooded social media slamming the run-of-the-mill plot and the decision to ditch the very elements from the cartoon that made it unique — regardless on whether folks actually liked the cartoon to begin with.

Nevertheless, here are five truly, truly, truly outrageous reactions to the Jem and the Holograms trailer.






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But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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