US theatre criticised for 'women-only' Wonder Woman screening

The film sees Gal Gadot assume the superhero role

US theatre criticised for 'women-only' Wonder Woman screening

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince in 'Wonder Woman' [Warner Bros.]

A Texas theatre has been accused of sexism and exclusion after announcing a women-only screening of the new Wonder Woman fil

“The most iconic superheroine in comic book history finally has her own movie, and what better way to celebrate than with an all-female screening?” the Alamo Drafthouse said.

“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,” the cinema added. “Everyone working at this screening – venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team – will be female,” said the statement.

The Alamo added an additional women-only screening when the first quickly sold out.

Its Washington theater also announced it would host a women-only screening.

Criticism

While some men expressed support for the screening, many others took to the theater’s Facebook page to express their disgust at being excluded.

“Change this to 'Whites only' and then defend it,” one said. “You can't demand equality and then say it doesn't apply to you.”

“It was the men who brought the comic books for years, it was the men who made the movies, it was the men who created her,” one man said. “And now women who did absolutely nothing are trying to steal her! When did any of you hags buy a wonder woman comic book? They never did.”