Film Twitter Needs More Female Voices. So Does Everything Else
After some sad man drama dropped online, I wrote about how Film Twitter, and the entire film/pop culture industries at large, needed more women at the table, so I compiled a handy list!
This week, an entitled misogynist sued a woman he went on a bad date with for using her mobile phone during a screening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. You might have seen the flurry of excited headlines harkening the moment as a breakthrough for cinema etiquette in the online age. Perhaps you retweeted someone celebrating a needless lawsuit as a “not all heroes wear capes” moment. Maybe you glanced at director James Gunn’s feed, where he “joked” that the woman, who has admitted to feeling hugely uncomfortable because of this man’s actions, deserves jail time. Or you’re possibly the man who swerved into my direct messages yesterday to lecture me on the issue, insisting the dangerous dynamics at play had nothing to do with gender, that this woman needed to be taught a lesson, that statistics on abusive attacks against women by men are not related to “reality” in this instance, and that as bad as this man is – this man who has milked his 15 minutes of fame, ordained by some of the biggest voices in film criticism as a hero, even as he continues to gaslight this woman and fill his Twitter feed with vile misogyny – he’s not as bad as a woman texting during a film.