People who “identify as men” are outraged over the fact that “People Who Identify As Women Only” are the only ones permitted to screen the new “Wonder Woman” movie at the Alamo Ritz Theater in Austin on June 6.
“Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying ‘No Guys Allowed’ for one special night,” advertised the theater chain, Alama Drafthouse, on its website. “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.”
The females-only invitation has received considerable backlash from some men… or people who identify as men.
“I love Alamo Drafthouse and watch all my movies with y’all (and still will), but separating any group from another is very odd,” one man complained on Facebook, sparking similar comments about being “separated” and “excluded”.
Alamo Drafthouse replied to their concerns on Facebook as the theater’s popularity with women soared, causing the event to quickly be sold out. “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. These screenings are just a way to celebrate the character and how important she’s been to women over the last eight decades,” was the explanation.
When asked by one man if they had hosted screens for just men, they theater quipped, “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.”
A recommendation they host a “special screening for IT that’s only for those who identify as clowns,” was also answered with humor. “We might actually have to steal that clown idea. Thanks,” they posted.
The event has rocketed the cinema chain to sudden fame, said Morgan Hendrix, creative manager for the theater. “Providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls [and] only serves to deepen our belief that we’re doing something right,” she said, adding that the event will now be extended to other cities, including New York and Denver. “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.”
The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, and stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and will premier in theaters next Friday.
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