Dear Hollywood, Stop Insulting Women

Okay, I had to post something about this, because it royally irked me. According to MTV, X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is an idiot.

Mr. Vaughn has gone on the record as saying that he deliberately threw in a love song by Take That to the upcoming film to attract women. Because you know, we don’t like comic books or movies or superheroes or any of that boy stuff. Here’s the quote:

“I think there’s a lot for women to enjoy in this film,” he said. “Remember ‘Armageddon’ [and] the Aerosmith song that got girls who probably wouldn’t have originally gone to see ‘Armageddon’ hearing there was a love song, and [saying], ‘Oh, maybe there is something in the film?’ . . . So it’s pure commerce, to be blunt, and I want women to see this film.”

When is Hollywood going to realize that WOMEN LIKE COMIC BOOKS AND VIDEO GAMES AND MOVIES AND FANTASY!!!! I thought after the backlash from the New York Times review of Game of Thrones we had proven our point. I was obviously wrong.

Also, for the record, I don’t like Take That. That’s almost enough to make me want to NOT see the film. But it does leave me to wonder just how good this film is if the director felt that a song would make it better. That doesn’t speak much about the plot or acting, does it?

What’s really sad is if Hollywood realized just how many of us do like these things, they could learn to market to us. And how lucrative could that prove to be? I’m sad to report that we may never know. Hollywood is NEVER going to get it, are they?

3 thoughts on “Dear Hollywood, Stop Insulting Women

  • June 2, 2011 at 4:10 am

    I can’t tell you how many movies I have left wondering why there was a love story, often adding a love story ruins a movie *cough*Pearl Harbor*cough*

    I hate this idea that women only care about getting a boyfriend, that a love story is what we want to see.  No.  We want a good story just as much as anyone else.  We want good characters and we want plot.

    Should I be surprised  a man doesn’t understand what a woman wants?  That would be like a woman saying “Well, guys like explosions and Porn, so lets get Michael Bay as the director and cast Ron Jeremy and some floozy” yeah, that’s not going to make a good movie.

    • June 2, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      This is why I loved Bridesmaids. Because although it was a movie starring women, it was not “targeted” towards that specific idea that Hollywood seems to have of us. And it scored HUGE at the box office, so you’d think they’d pick up that women and men can’t always fit into this little box that they seem to think we should fit into.

      • October 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

        Sorry Robin I gotta disagree with you there …
        I left Bridesmaids feeling really angry – the film was based around a wedding (typical “women” interest) and the happy ending? She got the guy. I was really disappointed to see that she didn’t go back into business or have any career success, she still lived with her mum and was unemployed, but bottom line – she got the man. And thats one big issue I have with Hollywoods attitude towards women – they want to insinuate that we can’t be happy unless we have a man to make our lives better!
        Ironically, the diarrhoea/vomiting scene was included specifically to cater to males, as mentioned in an interview with the writers!

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