Plans by US movie theaters to host women-only screenings of Wonder Woman have produced support and some grumbling about gender discrimination.
Despite criticism on social media, much of it from men, some such screenings are selling out. Several more have been added.
The offer of special screenings began recently in Austin, Texas, where Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has previously held specialty screenings for military veterans and others. Regarding plans for women-only Wonder Woman showings, the Alamo venue in Brooklyn, New York posted a statement online.
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for several special shows at the Alamo Downtown Brooklyn,” it said.
“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.”
One person wrote on the theater’s Facebook page: “Apparently ‘equality’ is only selective nowadays. How about a ‘men’s only’ showing of a movie or is that not how equality works?”
The operators of the Brooklyn Alamo also promised to donate all proceeds from their women-only screenings to Planned Parenthood, the federal healthcare provider that is the target of attempted defunding by congressional Republicans.
The movie, based on the DC Comics character, opens on 2 June. It was directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince.