Patty Jenkins responds to James Cameron’s Wonder Woman diss

By Alexa Caruso on August 25, 2017 | 8 Comments

Still from Wonder Woman (2017)The internet was in a bit of a flurry after James Cameron gave his less-than-positive opinion about Patty Jenkins‘ recent take on Wonder Woman in the recent and highly-successful film of the same name.

James Cameron commented during an interview promoting the 3D release of his 1991 smash hit film Terminator 2: Judgment Day that he felt Wonder Woman was not as progressive as people have been saying, and is still objectifying women.

“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!” 

Besides being a top tier director, James is of course known for solidifying some of the strongest female characters in cinema. He morphed Ellen Ripley from an alien’s almost-victim to a Xenomorph’s worst nightmare in Aliens and turned The Terminator‘s Sarah Connor from a hapless victim into the battle-hardened fighter for the future in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

While many appreciate what James has done for film, some are calling foul on his comments, including Wonder Woman‘s director, Patty Jenkins, who tweeted a response to James’ comment. As per Patty’s response, James is insinuating that for a female character to be strong she must first be “hard, tough and troubled” and grow from there. If being considered a strong female is limited only to certain criteria, then Patty believes “we haven’t come very far have we.” For her, a strong woman “can and should be EVERYTHING.”

You can read Patty’s full tweet below. ~Alexa Caruso

Comments & Discussion

  1. Mike • August 25, 2017 @ 2:20 PM

    If a woman directed it and feels she’s done right by women on screen, who is he to judge?

  2. MAN • August 25, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

    …A Person

  3. silvio bentivoglio • August 25, 2017 @ 3:48 PM

    maybe James got confused on her small outfit I guess he was thinking it was being to sexual like her being more so than a object than a super hero

  4. adam • August 25, 2017 @ 3:57 PM

    Cameron hasn’t done himself any favors by opening his mouth.

  5. Lee Mac • August 26, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

    All women belong in the Kitchen… That’s what All hetero males
    are actually thinking and saying
    the Biggest screw up was giving women the vote… Huge mistake that one
    all this nonsense about ” empowering ” women
    the Woman was made to serve Man so get your sorry arses back in the Kitchen
    where it belongs and things will be just fine 🙂

  6. Dick McKnight • August 26, 2017 @ 5:39 PM

    Firstly, I agree with Mike – the first comment here. The fact that a guy (Mike) can understand that a woman (Patty Jenkins) would most likely better know how to portray the strengths of a woman and NOT objectify her on screen to millions of viewers is not lost on him gives credence to his point. But for Cameron to give his opinion which I think belies his backward thinking about women when he mentions his lead actress was not a beauty icon but is strong and wins the audience over with grit. Sounds like he is saying a beautiful woman can’t be strong or have problems or I don’t know but don’t like the sound of it. So only non-beautiful women can have a chance to prove themselves as having character??? Is anyone seeing my point here?? Guy sounds like a chauvinist. No need to put down this Wonder Woman. The movie and the actress speak for themselves and quite frankly I think she played a multidimensional character and showed a lot of grit – she won everyone over as far as I am concerned.

  7. Snepts • August 27, 2017 @ 5:03 PM

    Cameron’s always been a blowhard. Wish he’d set aside some of the millions he spends on his movies for a writer to fix his clunky dialogue.

  8. Mary Macalaney • August 27, 2017 @ 9:06 PM

    What? Heroines can’t be beautiful or glamorous?

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