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
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.
The men who call us snowflakes are currently on day 3 of crying about not being invited to one all-female screening of Wonder Woman— Erika Heidewald 🗽 (@erikaheidewald) May 27, 2017
The problem with a women-only "Wonder Woman" screening is they might enjoy it too much and forget that men decide what movies are good.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) May 27, 2017
I asked my mom what she thought about the Wonder Woman no-dudes showings.— Mr. Pete (@petebasgen) May 26, 2017
She dropped some 🔥. pic.twitter.com/FcuMsrQsjU
Theaters:Come see Ghostbusters reboot!— Alana Massey (@AlanaMassey) May 26, 2017
Men: FUCK ACTION MOVIES W/ GIRLS
Theaters: K, you're not invited to Wonder Woman
Men: BUT MY RIGHTS!
I am going to the Wonder Woman screening for Bavarian auteur directors only.— Werner Twertzog (@WernerTwertzog) May 27, 2017
Shout out all of the men who are SO MAD about not being able to get into a screening of Wonder Woman that's 6 days after opening. pic.twitter.com/3x3iDWOyYp— Geek Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) May 27, 2017
Only thing sadder than people getting upset about women only screenings of Wonder Woman is the me only screening of Elektra that took place— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) May 26, 2017
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First Published: May 27, 2017 11:38 IST