NOTE: It is, in fact, possible for men to see the movie on opening day. This post, however, is more concerned with the attacks on men who clearly want Wonder Woman to succeed.
The news has spread that the Alamo Drafthouse, a theater in Austin, TX plans to host a woman-only screening of the new Wonder Woman movie. When men complained about this, they were met with the typical dismissive snark common from feminists. Many commentators pointed out that there would be outrage if there was a male-only screening of any movie, but the contempt shown by the Alamo Drafthouse — and the feminist support for it — pisses me off for a far different reason.
It punishes the men who wanted to financially support a female superhero movie by buying a ticket and watching it.
We all remember the controversy over the Ghostbusters movie last year. When prominent Youtuber James Rolfe announced that he didn’t want to watch it, he was pilloried as a misogynist. Likewise, when that movie’s trailer was severely downvoted on Youtube and several Ghostbusters fans declared that they didn’t want to see it, they were trashed as “manbabies” who didn’t want to see female heroes on the big screen. People were encouraged to watch the movie to “stick it to the sexists” and show them that girl power was profitable.
By contrast, Wonder Woman trailers were greeted far more warmly by men and women alike. People had been waiting 20 years to see her on the big screen. Enthusiasm for this movie was far higher than for Ghostbusters.
So how are men who wanted to see the biggest female-led superhero movie of all time treated?
With contempt and scorn, just like the anti-Ghostbusters people.
In the article linked above the fold, this is perhaps the stupidest thing ever written:
The theater company has already sold out of both women-only screenings and told Mashable it is planning to bring the idea to other locations. “That providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls only serves to deepen our belief that we’re doing something right,” creative manager Morgan Hendrix told the publication. “As a result, we will be expanding this program across the country and inviting women everywhere to join us as we celebrate this iconic superheroine in our theaters.”
As Gizmodo’s Beth Elderkin points out, “Since 1920, there have been about 130 superhero and comic book films with solo protagonists in the United States, both on the big and small screens.” She adds, “Do you know how many of those 130 films had female leads? Eight.”
But yeah, the real issue is whether men are getting their due.
Let me break down just how idiotic this is.
Men who don’t want to see Wonder Woman — or any other female superhero — will not go to the movie at all, regardless of who it’s being screened for. On the other hand, men who want to put down cold, hard cash to support a female superhero film are being mocked and derided as entitled, sexist crybabies.
Yes, you read that right. Last year, the men who didn’t want to see Ghostbusters at all were sexist. Now, the men who do want to see Wonder Woman on opening day are sexist.
What message are these theaters and these commentators trying to send? Fight misogyny? The misogynists won’t even be there! Support female superhero films? These manbabies crying their male tears tried to do exactly that, only to get the cold shoulder. I cannot see why anyone would attack the movie’s staunchest supporters, especially since so few female-led superhero films are made. Perhaps supportiveness is the new misogyny, and I just didn’t get the memo.
One thing’s for certain: if men start insulting the new Captain Marvel movie in the works now, I don’t want to hear any bullshit from feminists. It’s pretty clear that male moviegoers will be hated whether they support that film or not.