Like just about everybody, Terminator director James Cameron liked the summer blockbuster Wonder Woman, but he wasn’t entirely uncritical. Cameron, like so many other Hollywood girly men (thanks, Ahnold), are trying their hand at feminism because they’re woke or something. However, Wonder Woman was directed by a woman, and she isn’t happy with Cameron picking at her movie.
Cameron told The Guardian that the record-breaking film is basically “male Hollywood doing the same old thing” and that “all of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided.”
“I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards,” he added.
And why is it a step backward (no “s”)? Cameron explains:
“Sarah Connor [from The Terminator] 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!”
Okay, so male feminist Cameron is saying that to have an authentic woman represented in a movie she must be ugly and a terrible mother. That must be why Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins took his criticism so hard:
James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman. Strong women are great. His praise of my film ‘Monster,’ and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we. I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose to judge their own icons of progress.
Yeah, shut your trap, Cameron. We love Sarah Connor, but nobody wants to see any more Avatar movies, especially FOUR SEQUELS! (Talk about male Hollywood doing the same old thing!) But guess who we can’t get enough of? Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman!