You know, I think it says something when a Mayor has to get involved due to something that should have never been made this controversial.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Mayor Steve Adler has responded to an e-mail he received from what could only be described as an entitled man baby. The man planned on boycotting the city of Austin if they didn’t create male-only screenings of Wonder Woman. Cue my eyerolls here. You can read the full email that the guy sent on the Mayor’s official website.
Here is a shortened version provided by EW:
“The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision,” the man wrote in a rant. He also threw out false claims, like “women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride” and “women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! If Austin does not host a men-only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s [sic] [deterioration].”
What followed a couple days later was a most epic response by the Mayor. You can read some of it below:
“I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual,” the mayor wrote. “Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!”
“Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion?” Adler continued. “What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.”
You can read the rest of his response here. It is beautiful.
Several celebrities and news sites have chimed in on the ridiculousness of this controversy. I, myself, did a write up on the outcry for Legion of Leia. The fact that so many people have been bothered by the prospect of what was only supposed to be a one night, women-only screening in a theater, a theater that presumably had multiple screenings of Wonder Woman happening at the same time, is ridiculous.
I am glad, however, that there is a vocal crowd verbally pointing out the stupidity and backwardness of this controversy.
I’ll end with this statement because it still applies. If you are going to complain because you are being excluded from a screening for one night, you are missing the true purpose behind the character and what she stands for.