“No guys allowed.”
That’s how movie theater chain Alamo Drafthouse Cinema disclosed the terms of a women-only screening of “Wonder Woman” that, as of Thursday, was still attracting complaints from mostly men upset over what some described as gender inequality.
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power … And when we say ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it,” the theater wrote on its website. The movie opens nationwide next Friday, but the chain is hosting the women-only event the following week, in New York City on June 4-5 and in Austin on June 6.
On Wednesday, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema began promoting the women-only event on Twitter and Facebook, spurring a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from women (and some men, too).
Naturally, the critics also came out in full force. Naysayers criticized the whole idea offer being everything from discriminatory against men to sexist to promoting gender inequality. Below are just a few complaints people have shared on Twitter, but you can head over to Facebook where the comments piled up by the hundreds.
When the critics came knocking, Alamo Drafthouse answered. On social media, the chain responded to some of the complaints, including this one where one man asked, “have you ever hosted a men’s only showing of any film?”
The snark and debate didn’t end there. The conversation dominated the space where film enthusiasts would typically devote their tweets to talk about the casting or the screenwriting or whether “Wonder Woman” will measure up to other comic book stories that have hit the big screen.
For what it’s worth, the movie is already getting overwhelmingly good reviews and there’s some predictions that the movie could rake in between $65 million and $105 million on its opening weekend.
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