The Alamo Drafthouse is a fun place to see a movie. Their selection is good, they serve you yummy food, and they often pair movies with themed snacks and drinks; it’s a good time. And they’ve been known to do special, targeted screenings from time to time – for veterans and active military, students, that kinda thing. So last night, they announced one such event: A “Women Only Screening” of Wonder Woman. From their website:
Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying “No Guys Allowed” for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say “Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,” we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female. So lasso your geeky girlfriends together and grab your tickets to this celebration of one of the most enduring and inspiring characters ever created.
Well that sounds reasonable and fun, and since we all know male comic book movie fans in general and DC people in particular are totally agreeable and encouraging online, this is probably going over just fine, right?
Shockingly, no! Very angry dudes are seizing on this — which will be, without question, their only opportunity to see Wonder Woman in a motion picture theater —` as a prime example of the subjugation and exclusion they’re being subjected to every single day.
Anyway, the Facebook thread is a good read, as you can see the folks at the Alamo initially attempted to respond to these complaints reasonably and sensitively:
But as the male tears continue to fall, the Alamo’s people – who, don’t forget, have no qualms with pissing off unlikable customers – get increasingly salty:
Meanwhile, over on Twitter, anger was coupled with bold predictions:
Hmmm. Let’s check in on that:
According to their Facebook page, the Alamo is working on adding additional “women-only” screenings to meet demand. How about that free market, eh?