Last week, the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Austin, Texas announced that they would be screening Wonder Woman for women and women only as part of a special event to celebrate the first female superhero flick. (Apologies to fans of Catwoman and Elektra.) As we predicted, it didn’t take long before men with fragile egos took to social media to sob over the injustice of the exclusion.
As expected, the women-only screening is sold out. The movie itself is projected to make upward of $100 million its opening weekend and has already accrued fantastic reviews. Due to the overwhelming response from excited female patrons, the Drafthouse added a second screening for the event.
Morgan Hendrix, the creative manager at Alamo Drafthouse says that the reaction from trolls means they’re doing something right.
“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,” he told Mashable.
Looks like the trolls’ comments backfired. And maybe they’ll lay off when they find out that the theater’s Dallas, Austin and DC locations plan to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the event to support local women’s charities–though, judging by past troll behavior, it’s unlikely.
To show just how petty people can be, here are a few of the comments men have posted on the theatre’s Facebook page, typos and all:
“Alamo Drafthouse, will there be a male only screening for Thor: Ragnarok or a special screening for IT that’s only for those who identify as clowns?”
“Apparently ‘equality’ is only selective nowadays…How about a ‘men’s only” showing of a movie or is that not how equality works?”
“Could you imagine the anger and outrage from the liberal staff of Alamo if Trump held an all male screening at the white house or even if another theatre did an all male screening?!”
“Imagine the shitstorm is there was any male only showing of anything…or a private showing for a specific race or sexual orientation…Nah it’s SJW approved.”
“I hope someone sues this is discrimination based on sex.”
Obviously, there’s only one argument here and it that explores hypothetical situations. But don’t feel the need to hop online and defend the theatre’s actions, they’re doing a damn good job of that on their own, asking men who want male-only screenings for films starring male heros (so, all of them) to book their own private events in the theatre with a link for one-click access to their private event page.
And, let’s be clear, creating a space for just men is something that happens all over the world every single day. Events like The Masters, offices like the presidency and screenings of movies like Fate of the Furious are already men-only spaces either de facto or by design. Flipping out because women have two special screenings of Wonder Woman is completely non-sensical. What are these men worried about? That the women will band together and decide not to fuck them? We can guarantee no special meeting is needed to ensure that these guys never get laid.
Can we all just let Wonder Woman happen, people? Because this is getting ridiculous.