The feminazis are forcing me to speak out, again.
Last week, 20th Century Fox released the latest installment in the X-Men series, “X-Men: Apocalypse” (which I haven’t seen yet, so don’t ruin it for me).
The premise of the movie should be fairly well-known to fellow comic book geeks, like myself, but to give an elementary rundown: Apocalypse, the big, baddie in this movie, is an ancient mutant, who has existed through generations, gathering the powers of other mutants, becoming the most powerful mutant ever. Dr. Xavier must gather his team of X-Men to battle Apocalypse, in order to prevent the destruction of all mankind.
Pretty simple, fun, exciting action movie fare.
Enter some Hollywood harridan, looking for a cause to screech about. In this case, that harridan is Rose McGowan.
McGowan (“Jawbreaker,” “Charmed”) has taken offense to a promotional poster for the movie that features the villain, Apocalypse, with his hand around the throat of Mystique, a shape-shifting mutant played by actress, Jennifer Lawrence. The line on the poster reads: Only the strong survive.
Exec #1: This is a great poster!
Exec #2: I agree! It's not problematic at all! pic.twitter.com/roRDiTIeml
— Sasha James (@ThatSashaJames) May 24, 2016
McGowan’s outrage was quoted in a story from the Guardian:
“’There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film,’ she elaborated in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.
‘There is no context in the ad, just a woman getting strangled. The fact that no one flagged this is offensive and, frankly, stupid.’
She quoted a friend’s discussion of ‘the brutality of that hideous X-Men poster’ with his nine-year-old daughter.
‘Her words: ‘Dad, why is that monster man committing violence against a woman?’ This from a 9-year-old. If she can see it, why can’t Fox?’”
While I’m sure McGowan’s complaints strike a chord with similarly inclined fembots, for those of us living in the real world, we get it.
With that in mind, I’ll take a moment to break down the ridiculousness of her complaint.
To begin with, this wasn’t “casual violence.” This was an act of war between good and bad. It was supposed to be dramatic, and evoke feelings of panic and suspense.
Who will prevail? How will she overcome this superior power? Is mankind doomed or do the heroes save the day??
In a day and age when feminists and silky-natured pseudo-men are cheering the “equality” that consists of lowering the physical standards of military academies, in order to allow women to compete, and is now considering allowing women in active combat roles, I’d think they would see this as a step forward.
Secondly, either McGowan is a liar, or this friend of hers is. I’m having a really hard time imagining a 9-year old asking why a “monster man” is “committing a violence against a woman.”
If that conversation ever happened, you can bet the child was coached. I may even be willing to believe that a 9-year old commented on how scary the poster was and the father paraphrased her comments to McGowan, but asking that we believe that statement was made by a 9-year old girl in just that fashion is asking us to suspend disbelief, at least as much as we have to suspend disbelief when we sit down to watch a movie based on sheer fantasy.
You’re screeching over a movie poster. You can’t have “equality” if your idea of equality consists of relegating women to the role of mere damsels, with no power, no ability to withstand punishment, and no will to be anything other than a pair of big boobs in a tight sweater (You know… like most of your roles).
Frankly, I think a man that puts his hands on a woman in a manner of violence should suffer the penalty of having his frijoles nailed to a stump, and then to have that stump set on fire.
I’m also not an idiot. I recognize the difference between real life and big screen fantasy. I think most people do, and if you’re so tenderhearted that you can’t bear to see female characters do battle alongside their male counterparts, even taking on the same risks, may I suggest you only concern yourself with period pieces?
Perhaps something from the Victorian era would be more your speed. Be sure to take your friend.