Recently, Alamo Drafthouse advertised a women-only screening of DC Films’ and Warner Bros.’ latest DC Extended Universe film, Wonder Woman.
The invitation read as follows:
“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.”
Given the fact that this is the first female-led superhero film in the modern era of superhero movies, it makes a lot of sense that there’d be a screening like this. After all, it’s not everyday that a female superhero film hits the big screen.
But this celebration hasn’t gone unnoticed by some online men. In the eyes of some, this move by Alamo Drafthouse is an affront to the gender equality they look to promote.
@drafthouse If you had a guys only screening of Thor 3 there’d be an uproar and you know it.
— ✭Marc Taylor Swift✭ (@terminalpreppy1) May 25, 2017
— Nunya (@Nunya93091388) May 25, 2017
@drafthouse Discriminate much? You do realize you can be sued for discrimination based upon sex right?
— Jim Griffiths (@starbuck1771) May 26, 2017
From a certain perspective, one can kind of see where they’re coming from (mostly from a legal one). In doing this, it seems as though they’re promoting a gender divide, when it may be best to extend an olive branch. That being said, it’s not like it’s every showing, and given that there have been 130 superhero films since 1920, and per Gizmodo, only eight of them have had females in the lead, I’d say a few women-only screenings are in the cards.
Alamo Drafthouse has embraced this hate of some of these responses on social media. In a statement to Mashable, they said:
“We are very excited to present select, women-only Wonder Woman screenings at Alamo Drafthouse. That providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls only serves to deepen our belief that we’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.”
One one hand, I can understand some of the hate surrounding this, and I’m by no means surprise that it’s happening, but on the other, I can’t see how one’s masculinity could be so fragile to be upset over this. But what’s your opinion? Are you for or against this women-only screening of Wonder Woman? Let us know your thoughts down below!