Hear ye, hear ye! Roll up and read all about the hot-take that absolutely no one asked for! Avatar director James Cameron voiced his dislike in The Guardian of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman in a manner that reinforces the fact that we need more movies like this, and more heroes like Diana — and Etta Candy, of course.
“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.”
Good for you, James Cameron! There we were feeling empowered, but it’s so good that you were there to mansplain how people should really feel about watching a movie that has nothing to do with you. Sure everyone has the right to an opinion, but everyone also have the right to inform you that your opinion is a load of bull. Far too often, especially in Hollywood, women are pitted against one another, fictional or otherwise. Listen Jimbo, I’m going to let you in on a little secret… you can appreciate one character without dragging another.
Sarah Connor was badass and no one is denying that. But she is no less a hero because Diana of Themyscira exists, just as the fact that Steve Rogers gracing our screens does not negate the coolness that is John McClain. Different characters can peacefully co-exist, and one does not need to tear them down just to elevate the other. Ripley, Connor, Diana, Olenna Tyrell… and we shouldn’t have to choose, we shouldn’t be relegated to having only one option — looking at you TMNT, Avengers, Justice League, Paw Patrol, etc.
“Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit.”
No, Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon, but you cannot deny that Linda Hamilton is a stunning woman — I mean you did marry her, didn’t you Jiminy? Nevertheless, Connor is a completely different character to Wonder Woman, the Amazonian princess trained all of her life to fight. Diana made the active choice to join the war and save the world of men. Sarah Connor was thrust into a war that she wanted no part of.
This is a constant issue when the voices of women are put in the hands of men, Jimbob, and you cannot seem to grasp the concept that forcing woman into terrible situations so that they have no other choice than to be strong does not make you the champion of female characterisation.
Frankly, Jampot, it would be easier to swallow your bitter pill if your chauvinistic antics were not so renowned. To be fair, it is difficult to accept the word of someone claiming that the male gaze bores through Wonder Woman when a director refers to his female lead as ‘Kate Weighs-a-lot’, or when they asked the all-male Avatar crew if the alien was hot enough to have sex with. Talking about Hollywood doing the same old thing when you bastardised Fern Gully, mashed it with Pocahontas and then filled the gaps with Deathworld 1, does seem a tad hypocritical, does it not?
“Being attracted to strong independent women has the downside that they’re strong independent women – they inherently don’t need you!”
Jim-Jimminy-Jimmy-Jim-Jim, can’t you see it? You are attracted to ‘strong independent women’, and you are constantly portraying on screen what you find attractive, what you feel that women should aspire to be. Shockingly enough, women are not here to live within your imaginary boundaries. Women are allowed to be strong and beautiful, they don’t have to kicking down doors and cracking skulls in order to be strong, and you, sir, are just perpetuating the pathetic ideology that women have to be labelled one or the other.
I don’t know what to tell you Jambon, I really don’t. How do you show someone a rainbow when they only want to look at the rain? How do you show someone who views everything with a male gaze that it doesn’t exist here? You can’t see what’s right in front of you because it wasn’t made for you. So, please take your out-dated opinions and get back to making your four bloody Avatar sequels that no-one asked for, okay thanks and bye.
Be careful in the world of men Diana, they do not deserve you.