mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmPatty Jenkins, the director of “Wonder Woman,” has responded to James Cameron’s weird, irrelevant opinion about the female superhero. She took to Twitter early Friday morning to address his comments, saying:
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 came 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 and judge their own icons of progress.
Jenkins’ masterful response to Cameron comes just a few days after the “Titanic” director decided to air his opinion about the “Wonder Woman” film in an interview with The Guardian. He said of the film:
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!
As Jenkins pointed out, Cameron’s “inability to understand what Wonder Woman is” isn’t exactly a surprise. It seems to be difficult for men in the film industry to understand that female leads can and should be portrayed in pluralities, just as male leads are. A female character does not have to be invincible and “damaged” in order to be considered a “strong woman.” The “Wonder Woman” director has found supports in the huge echo-chamber that is Twitter since the article came out, according to EW.
Cameron has not yet responded to Jenkins about her fantastic rebuttal.