With fangirls (and, yes, fanboys) eagerly anticipating the cinematic debut of “Wonder Woman”, a U.S. movie chain is serving up a women-only screening of the female-empowering superhero flick.
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night at the Alamo Ritz,” said Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas in its announcement, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. “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 great moment for gender equality — or a reason for men to get ticked off about being excluded?
Well… both. According to comments on the Alamo Drafthouse Facebook page, male moviegoers described the chain’s move as reverse sexism, with one commenter writing: “Great, let us know when you have guys-only screenings of Thor, Spider-Man, Star Wars, etc. Let’s see you walk the walk now that you set this precedence.”
The cinema, however, offered a brilliant response: “Very sorry if you feel excluded. We thought it might be kinda fun — for one screening — to celebrate a character who’s meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we’ve offended you.”
Another commenter asked if “you ever hosted a men’s only showing of any film?”
That earned the following response: “We’ve never done showings where you had to be a man to get in, but we *did* show the Entourage movie a few years ago.”
By the way, EW reports that, despite the outrage, the women-only screening of “Wonder Woman” sold out immediately, with Alamo Drafthouse offering a second female-only screening — which also sold out; as a result, the Alamo Drafthouse in New York City has announced its own women-only screening, with all proceeds to be donated to Planned Parenthood.
One actor — with a superhero pedigree to boot! — is coming out in support of the female-only screenings, with “Iron Man 2” star Don Cheadle taking to Twitter to blast fans who complained that a women-only screening is just as sexist as screening that only permitted men, joking that the comparision is “apples to carburetor parts.”