Austin Mayor Writes Brilliant Response To Man Who Objected To Woman-Only Movie Screenings

"Everyone is welcome here, those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense."

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced last month their plans to hold several women-only screenings of Wonder Woman, and some men just can't get behind what they see as a "sexist" choice by the movie theater chain.

One such man is Richard A. Ameduri, who voiced his distaste for the female-centric screenings in an email to Austin, Texas mayor, Steve Adler. Austin is home to three Alamo Drafthouse theaters, and the city is scheduled to host a ladies-only screenings this weekend.

Ameduri begins his May 26 email to Mayor Adler, which was published in full on the mayor's website, by revealing his hope that "every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city's image."

Why, you ask? According to Ameduri, "The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women's eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement." He calls the theater out for pandering "to the sexism typical of women," and adds "women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it's OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are."



And if you thought Ameduri's tirade couldn't get more cringe-worthy, think again. He goes on to list a myriad of factual inaccuracies about women including that they opt not to serve in combat, earn gold medals in the Olympics that aren't deserved, and have invented nothing.

"Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women," he declares, calling on Austin to "host a men-only counter event." 

In conclusion, Ameduri writes, "I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the 'women's movement.' Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don't bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading."

As Upworthy points out, Ameduri's email is, in the least, wildly inconsistent, as he repeatedly refers to women as "second-rate," but later clarifies he doesn't hate them.

And while it would have been easy for Mayor Adler to ignore Ameduri's largely nonsensical missive, he chose to respond with a pointed email of his own that takes Ameduri's argument head on by joking he must have been hacked by "an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual" with "uninformed and sexist rantings."

"Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn't know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn't know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer?" Adler asks. "And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you'd be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie."

As for Ameduri's declaration that he'll never visit Austin, Adler had a retort for that, too. "Please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense," he concluded.

Mayor Adler's epic response has drawn praise from Twitter. Captain America (AKA Chris Evans) himself publicly lauded his articulate and cheeky reply.

Jason Stanford, the mayor's communications director, tells NPR it's atypical for their office to receive an email of this nature. "We don't get a lot of Wonder Woman letters," he admits. "Most people are aware that the mayor's office has precious little control over movie screenings. This is the first time we've ever been asked to insert ourselves into the seating process at the Alamo Drafthouse."

And despite a smattering of outraged men like Mr. Ameduri, Stanford says the women-only screenings are legal. "It's a private business," he explains. "Furthermore, 99 percent of all the screenings in Austin are dude-friendly. It's almost like the whole world is set up for us. I think the real shocking thing is it took this long to get a lady superhero movie."

We couldn't agree more.

Cover image via Shutterstock / Tinseltown.



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