It’s Ladies Night for a number of ‘Wonder Woman’ fans. And that move is creating some controversy.
The big screen adapation of D.C.’s comic book heroine, expected to be one of this summer’s big blockbusters, opens on Friday. The Alamo Drafthouse movie chain south of the border thought it would be a good idea to offer a handful of female-only screenings of the film in Texas and New York. The invite for one such event reads, “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.”
A harmless promotion, no? Um….no. Not for some of the boys who aren’t invited, anyway. The backlash against the Alamo Drafthouse’s decision is getting pretty severe on social media, even though proceeds from the screenings will support Planned Parenthood. One fellow on Twitter commented that “if you had a guys-only screening of ‘Thor 3’, there would be an uproar, and you know it”.
What are your thoughts? Bad idea to make it gender exclusive, or are guys being too sensitive?
By the way – the screenings have all sold out, and more are reportedly being added. ~ Jason