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Austin mayor responds to backlash over women-only movie screening

Austin mayor responds to backlash over women-only movie screening

Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman
Here's what Mayor Steve Adler had to say about it all. Photo by Clay Enos/ TM & (c) DC Comics

Last week Alamo Drafthouse made headlines across the nation when it announced plans for a women-only screening of Wonder Woman in Austin.

While most people applauded Alamo Drafthouse for the thoughtful tribute to the biggest female superhero, the screening also garnered serious backlash — including an email sent to Austin Mayor Steve Adler from Richard A. Ameduri.

"I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city's image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it's [sic] decision," it opens.

Ameduri also states, "Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women," and asserts, "If Austin does not host a men-only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it's [sic] deterioration." 

Adler, known for his tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, publicly responded on June 1.

"I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account's security right away, lest this person's uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!"

Adler continues:

"Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn't know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer?

"And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie."

Adler's response closes with the following statement:

"In the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense."

Alamo Drafthouse has also responded, by adding additional women-only screenings of Wonder Woman at locations across the country. The two special Austin screenings, taking place June 6, are sold out.