I’ve been questioning a lot of things about James Cameron for the past few years. The fact that Avatar is going to have 4 sequels, praising Terminator Genisys, and his recent comments on Wonder Woman.
In case you missed it, in an interview with the Guardian, Cameron took aim at Wonder Woman for being an “objectified and beauty icon”. You can read his comments below.
“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!”
I was honestly a little dumbfounded when I read the words and checked to make sure this was the same James Cameron who made Aliens and Terminator 2, two films with undoubtedly strong female leads. The word “strong” and its meaning is getting lost a little bit in Cameron’s mind.
In preparing a response to his comments, I realised I didn’t have to as Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins did it for me. Here’s what she had to say on Twitter.
Bravo, Jenkins, bravo.
I’m not trying to start a witch hunt for Cameron. Neither am I trying to put Jenkins on some kind of pedestal. But Cameron’s comments were a little asinine and basically boil down to what he thinks a strong female character should be. Jenkins meanwhile hits the nail on the head.
There is no right or wrong kind of powerful woman. Just let that sink in for a moment. Wonder Woman, Sarah Connor, Ellen Ripley, General Leia Organa, Hermione Granger, Marge Gunderson, Katherine Johnson – great female characters come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
Now we can all get back to waiting for Wonder Woman 2 in 2019…and the Avatar sequels. I mean, if you want.
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