As we all know, women weren’t allowed to appear in motion pictures until Ghostbusters (2016). Before then, all female roles in film were portrayed by men in drag, elaborate puppets, or, more recently, CGI avatars. But now that the gender barrier has been shattered, anything goes. Women can play superheroes, cops, and even doctors. And get this: Now there’s even a woman in a movie about robots from the future trying to wipe out humanity!
Matt Donnelly at Variety talked to Terminator: Dark Fate director Tim Miller:
An early “Dark Fate” poster received backlash, calling [Mackenzie] Davis and her co-stars “feminazis” and other chauvinist hate speech. How do you think she’ll be received in the room at Comic-Con?
If you’re at all enlightened, she’ll play like gangbusters. If you’re a closet misogynist, she’ll scare the f–k out of you, because she’s tough and strong but very feminine. We did not trade certain gender traits for others; she’s just very strong, and that frightens some dudes. You can see online the responses to some of the early s–t that’s out there, trolls on the internet. I don’t give a f–k.
This is a brave stance, considering how notoriously misogynistic sci-fi fans are. They’ve avoided the Terminator series, the Alien franchise, the Star Wars movies, every single one of the Hunger Games, Mad Max: Fury Road… If it’s got a girl in it, genre fans don’t want to see it!
Well, too bad, woman-haters. Women get to be in movies now, and there’s nothing you can do about it except stay home.
Remember: If you don’t pay to see a movie with a woman in it, that means you hate women. And if you pay to see a movie with a woman in it and you give it anything less than effusive praise, that means you hate women. And if you disagree that these things mean you hate women, you definitely hate women.
Now go see this movie and like it, you stupid pigs!
P.S. Seriously, though, I’m interested in this movie now because it turns out Joe Abercrombie worked on it. He’s one of my favorite science fiction/fantasy novelists, and apparently Mackenzie Davis’ character was his idea. If you like Game of Thrones, you’ll like Abercrombie. Check out The Blade Itself and see if I’m wrong. And… you’re welcome!