James Cameron has wandered into a wasp’s nest of internet fury, following remarks he has made about the recent ‘Wonder Woman’ film.
The ‘Terminator’ director called Patty Jenkins’ movie, which starred Gal Gadot as the Amazonian demi-goddess, ‘a step backwards’ in terms of presenting strong women on screen.
In an interview with The Guardian, he said: “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!”
Many who object to Cameron’s assertions have flooded Twitter with their ire, while Patty Jenkins herself has also taken issue with the comments.
Not all were as gracious…
I mean, with all due respect, the fact that James Cameron can't see how Sarah Conner led to Wonder Woman and how they're both amazing… pic.twitter.com/HA3h2Rv8kC
— Geek Girl Diva (@geekgirldiva) August 24, 2017
I'll take "James Cameron tries to mansplain feminism AND fails to understand womanhood" for $200, Alex. https://t.co/WJ9XUbPoZ6
— Dened Rey (@Hajabeg) August 24, 2017
Actually a very sexist statement IMO, male action stars can be physically attractive, so it seems patronizing & stupid to say females can't.
— Kenny Siegel (@aDisneylander) August 24, 2017
I respect James Cameron's opinion, but beauty alone doesn't define Wonder Woman (or ANY woman). Sexy and powerful aren't mutually exclusive. pic.twitter.com/Kfd9aIqfIu
— Blake Northcott™⭐️ (@ComicBookGrrl) August 24, 2017
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 25, 2017
Things James Cameron has said:
"Wonder Woman is a step backwards."
"Terminator Genisys is good."
— Chris Stuckmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) August 24, 2017
And then there’s this…
James Cameron: wonder woman is an objectified icon and a setback for female characters
Also James Cameron: pic.twitter.com/2QmB37sf9J
— Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) August 24, 2017
Cameron is yet to respond. That said (and Jamie Lee Curtis above notwithstanding) it’s hard to deny the director has portrayed a number of strong women in his movies, from Sarah Connor through Ellen Ripley to Neytiri in ‘Avatar’.