We need to talk about Harold Ramis fan art.

The picture above is supposed to be a tribute to the recently deceased Harold Ramis. Here we see the ghost of Egon Spengler, Ramis's character from Ghostbusters, sharing what seems to be meant as a bittersweet goodbye with his former colleagues. But here's the thing: this picture is super fucked up. Egon is being sucked down into a ghost trap, essentially a portable prison for ghosts. It is not a place that ghosts want to be in, I don't think. You may recall Slimer being violently dragged into one by the combined power of the Ghostbusters' particle streams before being carried out of the hotel he was haunting like a common rodent. Why would the Ghostbusters put their friend in such a trap?

And then we have this picture:

OK, man, what the hell? We just went over the fact that the particle streams that the Ghostbusters fire out of their proton packs are powerful beams of colliding high-energy positrons, and are used to contain and hold ghosts in a way that is unpleasant for the ghosts. (As Egon himself once said, "The proton pack is not a toy.") And yet, here are the Ghostbusters—operating in Chicago, far from their New York base—blasting away at their dead friend with weapons powerful enough to initiate a "total protonic reversal" and unmake life at the speed of light. Also, that's not even Egon Spengler in the photo! That's Harold Ramis holding a groundhog, which I guess is some ham-fisted way of making reference to Groundhog Day.

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These pictures should not exist.