On June 2, the new Wonder Woman movie was released in theaters in the US. The film, starring Gal Gadot as Diana, aka our fantastic hero, focuses on Wonder Woman in her quest to end “the War to End All Wars” (aka WWI), all while serving up some serious girl power. This film is Wonder Woman’s first solo action film, despite being a strong feminine inspiration for decades.
To celebrate women with the release of this film, the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain in Austin, Texas reserved two viewings on Tuesday, June 6, only for people who identify as women. According to a statement released by organizers of the event, “The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate?”
The statement continued to note that the entire event will be conducted completely by women, including not only the people in the audience, but the people behind the scenes as well. “And when we say ‘People Who Identify As Women Only,’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening – venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team – will be female.”
Organizers of the event also shared an apology for all people who identify as men, who will not be allowed to watch these two screenings at the theater. “Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz.” This apology proved to be necessary, as the theater received plenty of backlash from excluded men.
According to BBC, “Now unimpressed men are lambasting the idea on Facebook, claiming they are being discriminated against.” Many of these men are not only upset that they will not be able to see just two of the viewings of the film, but also because the theater has not set up a special event for men only.
One Facebook user stated, “Great, let us know when you have guys-only screenings of Thor, Spider-Man, Star Wars, etc. Let’s see you walk the walk now that you set this precedence. [sic]”
Of course, the point of the women-only screenings is to celebrate the first female solo superhero movie in the midst of all the Thor and Spider-Man films.
The Alamo Drafthouse Austin’s Facebook page responded to that comment, stating, “Very sorry if you feel excluded. We thought it might be kinda fun – for one screening – to celebrate a character who’s meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we’ve offended you.”
Other male Facebook users have responded to the exclusion, suggesting that they go to the screenings and simply claim that they identify as women. The theater jokingly responded, “Yeah, that’ll show us!”
Despite all the negative comments, the theater has received some positive feedback. Some male Facebook users have stated that they are fully in support of the women-only screenings. Women have also clearly responded very positively, as the showings are completely sold out.
Because of the positive feedback, the theater chain has decided to extend the women-only screenings across the US. According to Mashable, the ticket sale proceeds from the women-only screenings in Austin, Dallas, and Washington, DC will all go to local women’s charities.
After decades of waiting through the injustice of multiple Spider-Man and Batman films for the first female superhero to have her own feature film, women are finally getting the chance amongst themselves to enjoy a movie based on the badass superheroine who for years has and continues to inspire women everywhere.
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