A male director has dissed the movie Wonder Woman—and the film’s female director is not having any of it.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Hollywood director James Cameron called Wonder Woman “a step backwards” for female representation, saying the superhero is an “objectified icon.” The remarks are at odds with the public’s response to the film, where Israeli actor Gal Gadot was praised for her role as the warrior princess.
“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!” Cameron told the outlet.
“I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.”
People on social media were quick to call Cameron’s remarks sexist, and the film’s director, Patty Jenkins, shared her own thoughts on Twitter.
“James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman,” Jenkins wrote.
“I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male leader characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress.”
In her response, she acknowledged Cameron’s previous praise of her film, Monster, staring Charlize Theron as serial killer Aileen Wuornos, using it to further prove why dissing Wonder Woman was so wrong.
“His praise of my film ‘Monster’ and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated,” she said. “But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far.”
Jenkins just made us love Wonder Woman even more.
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