Men’s right activists are calling for a boycott of the new post-apocalyptic film Mad Max: Fury Road, labeling it feminist propaganda.
Critics and audiences are lapping it up, but a well-known men’s rights activist blog is calling for the boycott of Aussie director George Miller’s latest film Mad Max: Fury Road.
According to Return of Kings, Fury Road is a “feminist piece of propaganda posing as a guy flick” and an attempt by liberal Hollywood to undermine traditional masculinity.
Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) are criticising the film for not portraying Tom Hardy, who plays Mad Max, as the frontman they believe he was supposed to be, rather than being overshadowed by Charlize Theron’s strong female character.
Meanwhile, there has been a wave of support for Mad Max for exactly that reason, with many viewers delighted to see an action blockbuster empower female characters.
Director George Miller explained at the Cannes Film Festival last week that there was no initial feminist agenda.
“I needed a warrior,” Miller said. ”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.”
MRA blogger Aaron Clarey criticised the movie, writing that Tom Hardy only seemed to have cameo appearances.
“Charlize Theron’s character barked orders to Mad Max,” Clarey said.
“Nobody barks orders to Mad Max.
“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.
“Let us be clear. This is the vehicle by which they are guaranteed to force a lecture on feminism down your throat.
“This is the Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things, including physique, strength, and logic.”
Clarey rallied men around the world to boycott the movie.
“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,” he wrote.
Considering Fury Road topped the box office in 40 territories on the weekend, it doesn’t seem like very many people are listening to Aaron Clarey.
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