Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins responded to James Cameron’s criticism of ‘Wonder Woman’ Friday, which is getting a lot of backlash. Cameron’s statement insinuated that Wonder Woman was lesser because she was beautiful, that it was just ‘male Hollywood’ doing the same old thing’.
‘All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backward. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, the benefit of characters like Sarah is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!’
Patty Jenkins had a reply for Cameron which reiterated the belief that women should choose their own idols and that strength doesn’t have to come from grit.
In Hollywood, there will always be disagreements because entertainment is open to interpretation. What works for someone isn’t going to work for everyone and that’s part of what makes the film industry so successful. As long as there are critics and fans there will be room for more movies – and we all benefit from that.
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