A small precursor to this piece. I am a man, I am in my mid twenties, and I was raised by a very beautiful and strong single mother. Maybe I have a bias, or maybe seeing the struggles of a single mother have warped me somehow. But given what I have come to know about women (which is next to nothing really), especially strong women like my mother, this topic enrages me a little. So I apologize if it’s a bit “ranty” (I know that’s not a word), but it’s just something I felt strongly about. Thank you all for listening.
It’s very hard to completely ignore utter and complete ignorance. There is just certain kinds of stupid that make you want to erupt in fury. Like the people who feel as though they know best and should be telling you how to live. Or the idiots that riot and loot to show a “strong sense of community. You know because nothing corrects injustices like breaking laws and destroying our habitats!! While this is in no way comparable to the former example, it is still something that is officially grinding my gears. It’s no secret that Bro Knows loves Mad Max Fury Road. It is a cinematic master piece, and if you don’t believe it, check out our review on the home page. So the special kind of idiots in the internet chat rooms and on the special kind of idiot sites, trying to coordinate and captain a boycott of Mad Max because it’s “too feminist” are a little more than enraging.
These giant ass hats consider themselves “meninists.” What a meninist is, aside from a jackass, is an oppressed male who feels that feminism is somehow a threat to their masculinity. It went from being a joke, to an actual movement that guys take seriously. The only thing that is a threat to their masculinity,mind you, is their incredibly tiny brains. So apparently Mad Max is now also a threat to men everywhere. Why you ask? Well other than the fact that it’s not, here is the meninist explanation. Basically they believe that Mad Max is a piece of feminist propaganda, disguised as a guy movie. These morons go on to say that they haven’t actually seen the film, but that they noticed from the trailers that “Charlize Theron talks a lot” and she “Barked orders at Mad Max.” This is a thing, a real thing. The news that George Miller worked with Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues writer) only fanned their idiotic flames further. Popular mens rights activist Aaron Clarey is quoted as saying “men in America and around the world are going to be duped by explosions, fire tornadoes, and desert raiders into seeing what is guaranteed to be nothing more than feminist propaganda, while at the same time being insulted AND tricked into viewing a piece of American culture ruined and rewritten right in front of their very eyes.” Keep in mind, this half wit has never actually seen the movie!
The quotes go on and on, as the ignorant filth that sledges from this tools mouth is nothing more than tawdry click bait journalism. Clarey calls for a boycott saying “So do yourself and all men across the world a favor. Not only REFUSE to see the movie, but spread the word to as many men as possible. Not all of them have the keen eye we do here at (Return of Kings.) And most will be taken in by fire tornadoes and explosions. Because if they sheepishly attend and Fury Road is a blockbuster, then you, me, and all the other men (and real women) in the world will never be able to see a real action movie ever again that doesn’t contain some damn political lecture or moray about feminism, SJW-ing, and socialism.”
This cringe inducing ideology sets back the human race decades. It would be nice to just commend strength of character regardless of gender or race. Why does the fact that Charlize Theron is a women have to deter from her badassdom. If it were a man in her role it would have made little difference cinematically,while culturally and narratively is a different story. Yes George Miller ventured down the road less traveled with his focus on the strong Furiosa, I truly don’t believe he did it because he wanted to empower women, but more because he thought it fit the story he was creating better. The societal issue of turning everything into a political statement is becoming sorely obnoxious. Morgan Freeman once said that the best way to resolve racism is to just stop talking about it. Well the same can be said about gender inequality. Not to say it should just be ignored, but more or less stop giving the instigators a forum or an audience to pander too. This is America and everyone is entitled to freedom of speech and to reserve their own ideals for themselves, but superficial hate speech and the perpetuation of suppression of any kind is what is keeping us from advancing as a culture. If a movie, a very very good movie, wants to make it’s central character a strong woman why is that an issue? Why is the mere fact that it is a woman a problem for you?
Mad Max Fury Road is an amazing film. It’s progressive sure, but who the hell cares. I didn’t think Mad Max was a good or bad film because it had a strong female lead, with several other strong female characters. No I thought Mad Max was a great film because of its visual achievements and it’s aptitude for storytelling and character development. Charlize Theron’s character isn’t amazing strictly because she is a women, but because she has a depth and a soulful presence that adds to film as a whole. Miller wasn’t setting out to be a visionary for women’s rights, he was setting out to make a wholly entertaining and epic post apocalyptic odyssey. Miller succeeded.
As for the idiots blasting that boastful and blatant ignorance regarding a film they have never actually seen, you sir are one of the many things wrong with our society. It’s as much sad as it is infuriating. It’s sad to think that people like that exist, and it’s infuriating to know that reason and logic will never puncture their thick skulls. It’s sad to think that these people have children that they relay their radically close minded beliefs to. It’s infuriating knowing that these people are allowed to foster children and spread their obstinate beliefs onto the next generation of potential leaders.
For those who haven’t seen Mad Max as of yet, or are potentially on the fence, I recommend you head out and see this ornate work of art on the big screen the way it is intended to be seen. Don’t see it because there are strong female characters, of which there are many, but simply because it is an awesome movie. It just so happens to have a great cast and a great story and a ton of action that includes women acting bravely, and courageously. The film’s star Charlize Theron had this to say about her role as Furiosa “I was excited to take on the role to celebrate everything there is about being a woman, and not trying to put women on a pedestal, but being surrounded by other women in a story that was just real.” George Miller was also quoted saying “I needed a warrior. But it couldn’t be a man taking five wives from another man. That’s an entirely different story. So everything grew out of that.” There was no feminist agenda. This is a film directed by a man who made a logical decision regarding plot points in his movie. It’s not about women vs men or black or white, at the end of the day, it’s about societal empowerment. The Meninists (What a dumbass name by the way) just need to shut the hell up.