In a time where men get upset over basically any movie starring women, there was bound to be a little bit of backlash about the new Wonder Woman film, which came out recently. The worst controversy so far has to be this situation, where men freaked out that a movie theater wouldn’t let them watch the film. The Alamo, a ~fancy~ movie theater chain across the US that offers dinner while you eat, promoted a special upcoming one-night-only showing of the new Wonder Woman film, starring Gal Gardot. What makes this viewing so special was that it was for women only, including trans women, and those who identify as women as well. So, no boys allowed. Obviously, this didn’t go well with some guys.
If you don’t see a “women only” wonder woman screening as wrong then you’re kinda sexist. Let’s have a “men only” special batman event.
— Bbor Darb ? (@BborDarb) May 26, 2017
Not only were guys tweeting angrily about how they weren’t allowed, for one night only, to see a movie that will be out in theaters for weeks, if not months, they were also campaigning for it to disappear. Through social media, men furiously claimed that denying men in the movie screening was sexist and backwards. They insisted there should be a men-only viewing, and tried to garner as much support as possible.
The Alamo wasn’t having it, however, and fiercely stood by the decision to keep the female-only screening. On their website, they posted this message:
“The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate than with an all-female screening? Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for several special shows at the Alamo Downtown Brooklyn. And when we say ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it. So lasso your geeky girlfriends together and grab your tickets to this celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created.”
The Alamo went on to defend the event on their Facebook page, where they got a lot of angry comments, like these:
Many were even trying to discourage them from hosting the screening, and even boycotted the theater:
As you can see, the theater clarified that this isn’t about equality, it is about celebrating women and this strong AF character. With the hundreds of male-driven superhero movies out there, it’s nice to be able to see one with a woman as the lead. Men: can’t you let us have this ONE THING?! You get Batman, Superman, Iron Man, The Hulk, Spiderman, Thor… the list goes on. LET US HAVE THIS. Wonder Woman is one of the few female superheroes to appear in a movie and superhero series, which is a pretty big deal. It’s also pretty awesome. Having an all-female viewing of Wonder Woman is a genius way to celebrate that.
It’s important to show young girls that a woman can still kick ass and wear a dress, and getting to see that in a theater full of other women is empowering. We are still far from fair representation in movies, but this is a step in the right direction. If you have a chance, you should see the new Wonder Woman movie next week when it is released. Now we just need a strong black female superhero.
What do you think of this movie screening? Tell us in the comments!