New York movie critic David Edelstein’s Wonder Woman review caused an uproar amongst colleagues, readers and people who just want to have something to protest about.
Now Edelstein has issued a convoluted mea culpa that won’t do him any favors. Yesterday he said on Facebook, “Right now I think the problem is that some people can’t read.”
Today he is more compromising, albeit confusingly so. He stands by his criticism of the film, but now says he felt sick at the response and that his critics have a point.
“Lines and descriptions were taken out of context and twisted to mean something they didn’t. People alluded to “leering” where I’d made a point of saying the film rejects the male gaze.”
Edelstein added: “It didn’t help that I reached out to Facebook friends with a gored-bull rant of my own that was then circulated. The lesson was learned on that score—and plenty of others.”
He concludes: “I didn’t take the film as seriously as others because I didn’t see it as a breakthrough…I underestimated how much a superheroine at the center of a woman-directed film would mean to many people, and descriptions I considered lively and complimentary would come across as demeaning.
“Moreover, if Wonder Woman will empower women at this moment in history… some of the criticisms of my review are just. I reserve the right to think that this is not, overall, a very good movie. But it is an important one.”
Has this ended the controversy? That would be a no! There are over 70 comments and almost all of them are negative.
They include, “You might be genuine about the ‘mouthiness,’ but wasn’t something like this applied recently to Hillary Clinton, to her great disadvantage?”, “Super hot idea: Have NYMag editors actually do their job and stop letting him get away with this stuff,” and “This is the editorial version of a Kathy Griffin press conference.”
Twitter also isn’t wild about the explanation:
Man who complained that Wonder Women didn’t turn him on enough mansplains own review.https://t.co/wd2SareU6q
— Ani Bundel🌌 (@anibundel) June 6, 2017