Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Who’s upset about women-only ‘Wonder Woman’ screenings? Men. – The San Diego Union-Tribune


“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.

https://twitter.com/AlamoNYC/status/867837024677572608

“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).

https://twitter.com/skyride_season/status/867845516037505025
https://twitter.com/kaijucuties/status/867566991581818880
https://twitter.com/moltenlala/status/867792015274246146
https://twitter.com/WendiAarons/status/867850852085714945

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.

https://twitter.com/VictoryInLove/status/867861209692995588
https://twitter.com/terminalpreppy1/status/867560255617736708
https://twitter.com/Lachelai/status/867627082981007360
https://twitter.com/Skersh23/status/867851972921114624

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?”

https://twitter.com/MinovskyArticle/status/867754940671963136
https://twitter.com/AlamoNYC/status/867848707592642560

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.

https://twitter.com/scottEweinberg/status/867555751321100288
https://twitter.com/brianscully/status/867883175988666368
https://twitter.com/Lexialex/status/867891061112225794

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.

Share your take with me — is a women-only screening discriminatory against men? Do the complaints have any merits?


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