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‘Wonder Woman’: Austin Mayor Defends All-Female Screening

Variety logo Variety 6/1/2017 Seth Kelley
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Steve Adler, the Mayor of Austin, Texas, shut down an angry email he received after the city’s Alamo Drafthouse announced an all-female screening of “Wonder Woman.” The email exchange was posted on the Mayor’s website.

“I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image,” the man wrote to the Mayor, and went on to disparage women by asserting that makeup teaches them to “pretend that you are greater than you actually are” and women “gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th.”

The Mayor responded by writing that the email’s views are an “embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense,” and wrote that the all-female screening is a private business “realizing a business opportunity.”

The screening caused a stir since it was announced last week. “No Guys Allowed,” read the announcement, which reserved the screening for “People Who Identify As Women Only.”

The theater has responded to the mixture of backlash and support through several statements. “Obviously, Alamo Drafthouse recognizes ‘Wonder Woman’ is a film for all audiences, but our special women-only screenings may have created confusion — we want everybody to see this film,” it said.

To a user on social media, theater reps wrote, “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.” © Provided by Variety

Read the exchange below:

I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women. If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s deteriorati on. And I will not forget that Austin is best known for Charles Whitman. Does Austin stand for gender equality or for kissing up to women? Don’t bother to respond. I already know the answer. I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the “women’s movement.” Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don’t bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading.

The Mayor’s response:

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


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