Update November 3: Tickets to the premiere have now sold out.
The Red Pill – the inflammatory movie about Men’s Rights Activists that feminist protesters tried (and failed) to ban from Australia – is coming to the UK.
Heat Street has exclusively learned from the movie’s sole UK distributor that its British premiere is planned for November 19th – International Men’s Day – at London’s Soho Hotel.
This comes after three other London venues pulled the plug on The Red Pill after venue owners got cold feet about its “misogynistic” content.
Despite that, last night, a UK preview went ahead “without event” at the invite-only National Men’s Rights Working Forum in Bath.
Richard Elliott, who purchased the UK screening rights for £400 and is paying £1,200 of his own money to screen it, said: “It’s revolutionary. People were crying one minute, then giving a standing ovation the next. It’s going to ruffle a few feathers”.
Unlike any of its censorious critics, I’ve actually seen The Red Pill.
And it isn’t “MRA propaganda” – the movie features many voices fiercely critical of the men’s rights movement. Indeed, director Cassie Jaye, a card-carrying feminist, explains how she decided to make the movie after two horrific rape stories led her to discover MRAs online.
— Cassie Jaye (@Cassie_Jaye) October 28, 2016
Furthermore, in The Red Pill, Dr Michael Kimmel provocatively asks “is the MRA movement the straight male version of the white nationalist movement?” while Katherine Spillar, of Feminist Majority declares, “men are advantaged, nobody can reasonably doubt that”.
Yet The Red Pill’s MRAs tell a very different story. Talking of rocketing rates of male suicide, and heartbroken fathers locked out of their children’s lives by the women they’ve divorced, Dean Esmay of the National Coalition For Men says: “It’s an ocean of pain out there, but nobody listens and nobody cares”.
As the movie reaches a dramatic climax, Cassie ruminates, “the more I learn from the MRAs, the more I’m glad I wasn’t born a guy… maybe now the tide has changed, and women have the better deal?”
For her dramatic – some say treasonous – Road To Damascus conversion, Cassie has been ostracised from the feminist community. Yet an army of new-found fans have hailed her as “Hollywood’s bravest woman”.
Now Elliot hopes to fly Cassie into London as guest of honour for the November 19th event, with its 120 tickets priced at £11.21.
But will she be greeted as a heroine, or pariah?
We might look to Australia for clues. Last week “feminist outrage” – 2,369 signatures on a Change.org petition – caused Melbourne’s Palace Cinema to cravenly cancel The Red Pill’s Antipodean premiere.
A counter-petition by Mens Rights Melbourne not only gathered almost double the signatures – 4,187 – but they cleverly directed supporters to a crowdfunding page. There, 204 backers quickly pledged AU$8,250 (smashing the AU$7,300 required) to hire a new 175-seat venue – that is 300% bigger than Palace’s 64-seats.
That led Alex Leu to comment, “Awesome! It’s about time SJWs realise that censorship will never work.”
The prophetic final lines of Red Pill by Cassie Jaye are: “The conversation is being silenced. I don’t know where I’m heading, but I know what I left behind. I no longer call myself a feminist”.
That garnered a standing ovation at last night’s UK preview screening.
Elliott said: “The Australian feminists who blocked the movie completely support Cassie’s theory that there is a protest voice to shut the debate down.
“Are British feminists going to take the bait? Whatever happens next, we win.
“If they don’t stop it, we have a premiere. If they do stop it, we have an even bigger story. But this is too big to stop.
“I’ve had approaches to screen The Red Pill in Bristol, Norwich, Sheffield, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool. The revolution will be televised”.
The Red Pill is coming to Britain. But will its fiercest critics swallow it? Or – as in Australia – spectacularly spit their dummy?