Don Cheadle pulled apart numerous complaints and praised the screenings for celebrating female-driven filmmaking

By Maureen Lee Lenker
May 31, 2017 04:52 PM

Wonder Woman belongs to the DC Universe, but Marvel’s War Machine is crossing over to defend her — at least, on the Internet.

Don Cheadle, who portrays the latter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, voiced his support on social media Tuesday for the Alama Drafthouse women-only screenings of Wonder Woman. After the movie house announced last week its plans for the special screenings of this weekend’s superhero movie, a flurry of outrage popped up on social media with users ranting about reverse sexism and the double standard of such screenings.

But Don Cheadle was not having it.

In a series of tweets, the actor pulled apart numerous complaints and praised the screenings for celebrating female-driven filmmaking. Cheadle responded to claims that, if the tables were turned, a men-only screening would be decried as sexist as a “thimble deep analogy” and said it was equivalent to comparing “apples to carburetor parts.” Explaining the role of institutionalized sexism in America, he noted that a “double standard presupposes equal footing.”

The actor also picked holes in the backlash, noting that a men-only screening was irrational because it rested on a false equivalency. In response to calls for male-only screenings of Superman, Cheadle wrote, “There’s no point to men making a point about celebrating themselves. That’s called ‘the planet.’ Claro?”

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We’ve lasso’d up more of his tweets below.

Cheadle also showed his support for those who were championing the screenings, retweeting a message that suggested the theater should only charge 85 percent of a normal ticket price to reflect the wage gap and gender earning disparity.

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He also acknowledged continued shortcomings with representation in Hollywood, calling on studios to focus on diversity.

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