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Mayor brilliantly shuts down man complaining about women-only ‘Wonder Woman’ screening

June 2, 2017

The seemingly innocent decision of the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Austin, Texas, to organize a couple of women-only Wonder Woman screenings has gotten a whole lot of guys’ panties in a bunch — the Twitter trolling became so ridiculous that even Don Cheadle weighed in! On May 26, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, received an email from a concerned citizen named Richard A. Ameduri, who called for a “boycott of Austin” and complained about hypocrisy while railing against women as a “second-rate gender.” Ameduri, despite spouting rhetoric that suggests otherwise, insisted that he does not hate women. On Thursday, the mayor took some time to respond to Ameduri — and his beautifully sarcastic answer really speaks for itself and is worth reading in full:

Dear Mr. Ameduri,

I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!

Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.

You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email. I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Adler

Read the full story and Ameduri’s full letter at Women You Should Know.


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