Women-only screenings of Wonder Woman provoke male outrage on social media
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Women-only screenings of Wonder Woman provoke male outrage on social media

Women-only screenings of the new superhero movie Wonder Woman, organised by the Alamo Drafthouse, provoked anger among some social media users who blamed the theatre of sexism.

hollywood Updated: May 27, 2017 11:39 IST
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Cast member Gal Gadot poses at the premiere of Wonder Woman in Los Angeles.(REUTERS)

Plans by a Texas theatre to host women-only screenings of the action movie Wonder Woman unleashed an outpouring of complaints on social media of discrimination and sexism on Friday.

The superhero movie opens in theatres nationwide next week, and the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz in Austin, Texas scheduled two female-only nights for a few days later.

“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed,’” the cinema wrote on its website.

The movie, starring Israeli actor Gal Gadot, is based on a comic book character introduced in 1941, fighting villains, rescuing victims and unearthing evil plots.

“How about a ‘men’s only’ showing of a movie or is that not how equality works?” someone wrote on the cinema chain’s Austin Facebook page, where more than 1,000 people left comments.

The popularity of the women-only shows, which quickly sold out, prompted the chain to add similar screenings in New York.

“This has zip to do with equality. This is a celebration of a character that’s meant a great deal to many women,” the theatre said on Facebook.

The movie already triggered controversy last year when the character of Wonder Woman was chosen as an honorary UN ambassador to fight for gender equality.

Tens of thousands of people signed an online petition, saying the fictional character was an inappropriate choice and that its evolution into a scantily clad and curvaceous heroine did not represent gender empowerment.

The United Nations abruptly ended the character’s role two months into her appointment.

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First Published: May 27, 2017 11:38 IST