Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dear James Cameron; Stop Telling Us What to Think About Wonder Woman

Director James Cameron went on a second temper tantrum this week blasting Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman film, likely in an effort to get people talking about him again. When Cameron first heavily criticized the film back in August, it was the same week Terminator 2 3D was released. The re-release of Terminator 2 only grossed  $562,000 according to Forbes. Now that he's hard at work on  Smurf- I mean Avator sequels, he needs the promotion. What better way than to mansplain  why Wonder Woman isn't that great?

What is James Cameron's problem with Wonder Woman? Cameron called the female directed, female lead film a "step backwards for women." He called Wonder Woman an "objectified icon" and stated that the success of the film was just "male Hollywood" "self -congratulatory back- patting". He criticized Gal Gadot for being a former Beauty Queen and judged her "bustier costume that was very form fitting". And to top if off he is quoted to saying actress Gal Gadot is "Absolutely drop dead gorgeous. To me that's not ground breaking." He then brings up a character he created; Sarah Connor from the Terminator films. Why, you may ask? Well to compare a 75 year old iconic character to one he created in the 80's, that's why!

"Linda looked great," he begins. "Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She just wasn't treated as a sex object. There was nothing sexual about her character. It was all about angst, it was about will, it was about determination. She was crazy, she was complicated...she wasn't there to be olged, but she was central and the audience loved her by the end of the film." 

This is James Cameron mansplaining why Sarah Connor is better than Wonder Woman. Excuse me while I try to stop laughing out loud. 

 I guess he thought audiences forgot about the sex scene in the first Terminator film and the shot of Sarah Connor's bare breasts. So yeah Cameron, you did sexualize your character. Let's also talk about that scene in your film True Lies where Jamie Lee Curtis' character was forced to strip for her husband as a form of punishment. Or how about Kate Winslet's nude scene in Titanic? Would you like to discuss a "step backwards" for women and Latinas? Well, let's discuss how you casted a White actress to play a Latina in Aliens, complete with fake tan and fake accent, instead of you know, actually hiring a Latina. What you are doing is called "projecting". You claim Wonder Woman is over sexualized but that's really how you write your characters. 

My point is Mr. Cameron, you are under the delusion that the female characters you create are better than Wonder Woman. They. Are. Not. Some of them have good qualities but you have a habit of over sexualizing them. You then proceed to tell your female audience that they are "empowering". You were clearly so distracted by Gal Gadot's looks and costume that you could not take her seriously. You are telling us that strong women only look and act a certain way. Nope; not today Satan. That my friend, is being judgmental and sexist. You do not get to tell women who is a good role model for us and who isn't. James Cameron does not think this was an empowering film because he didn't make it. He doesn't understand why it is a phenomenon because he truly does not understand strong female characters. He very clearly sexualizes and demeans his female characters but thinks the problem lies with Wonder Woman, a film that was done with great respect. Yeah, okay. 

Patty Jenkins clapped back at Cameron back in August, in an epic response:

She has yet to respond to his latest whine fest and in all honesty, I hope she doesn't. Maybe if we all ignore him, he will go away and get back to work on the 4 Avatar sequels no one asked for. 

James Cameron, you do not get to tell us who is a strong female role model for us and who isn't. We don't care what you think. Stop trashing Wonder Woman just to get your name in the headlines. Your words will not erase the enormous success of Wonder Woman. It will not diminish why this film means so much to so many. And no, your characters are not better than Wonder Woman. 


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