There’s a certain subsection of our culture that has become addicted to the siren call of unadulterated internet-based rage. You know who they are. They’re the perpetual contrarian who trolls through the comments on youtube videos constantly questioning the sexual orientation of every positive reviewer. They’re the rage-tweeter who rails against the injustices of safe spaces on campuses and refugees who are given the chance to not be bombed to death. They’re… assholes, basically. And once again they’ve rallied under the cause of trashing an event so they don’t have to dwell on how little they’ve got going on in their personal lives.
The Alamo Drafthouse—one of the country’s premier movie theater chains, which we recently wrote about in a long feature, this week announced their intention to have a “women only” viewing night for forthcoming Wonder Woman film. The film is already touted as a sort of pro-feminist empowerment film, so it almost makes too much sense to try and have an all-female screening of the film. It’s a decent marketing strategy guided by legitimately good intentions. And it’s not like Alamo Drafthouse exists in a vacuum; there are plenty of other, cheaper theaters willing to let women and men co-mingle while watching what is ostensibly a movie for nerds.
The Alamo Drafthouse website offers a very tongue-in-cheek description of the event:
The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate than with an all-female screening? Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. 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. So lasso your geeky girlfriends together and grab your tickets to this celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created.
Naturally, this horrendous affront to the oft-marginalized subsection of America known as “men” couldn’t slip past unnoticed. For many, they saw it as not only their prerogative to voice their displeasure at such injustice—nay, it is their duty. As Americans, as men, they demanded the right to watch one of the first, large budget female superhero films alongside these “real women” they’ve heard so much about. To separate them is akin to discrimination. Or war crimes.