Wonder Woman was the second-biggest grossing film of 2017 and the movie responsible for giving us a thousand adorable and heart-warming tiny Diana Princes. It was wildly critically and commercially successful, it’s launched Gal Gadot‘s career into superstardom and it finally put the incredible director Patty Jenkins on the map. (It was also just a helluva fun movie).
Does notorious dickhead James Cameron care about any of that?
In an interview with The Guardian, Cameron saw it as his solemn duty to take Jenkins’ film down a peg, saying:
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 backwards. 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!
Sounds an awful lot like someone’s getting a bit cranky that someone else’s cool film did really well at the box office, hey Jimbo?
Jenkins is obviously not taking this particular bit of mansplaining lying down, posting the following response on Twitter yesterday:
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) August 25, 2017
If women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate and icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we.
Go make another movie about giant blue cats having sex with their weird horses via their magic hair, Cameron, you crotchety old gronk.