When the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Austin, Texas, announced that it would be featuring a “women-only” showing of DC Entertainment’s Wonder Woman, one of the most anticipated superhero movies of the summer, men everywhere were suddenly offended.
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz,” read the cinema’s announcement, “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.” Almost immediately, the cinema’s Facebook page was hit with some less than complimentary comments from male patrons.
Although it’s important to point out that the screening is set for June 6, four days after the film officially hits theaters nationwide, that did not stop the tide of frustrated comments from men who realized that the theater would not change their plans and that by virtue of their Y-chromosomes, they would be unable to attend the showing.
Responding directly to many of the comments, the Alamo Drafthouse explained that the theater is no stranger to special screenings, having hosted previous films open to only select groups such as military veterans. Insisting that the criticism is unfounded and that the “women-only” screening is a celebration of the character as a feminist icon rather than a conscious attempt to exclude male fans, the theater chain has held firm and added a second “women-only” screening at its New York Location.
Sometimes the lasso of truth hurts, gentlemen.
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