Rose McGowan (Charmed, Scream) and many others have called an ad for the new X-Men movie sexist because JLaw is seen being choked by the villain, played by Oscar Issac.
“There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual violence against women is the way to market a film,” McGowan said on Facebook.
20th Century Fox has since apologized for the ads, moving to remove them from public view.
But what is so “casual” about an alien super-mutant strangling a regular old shapeshifting mutant? It’s an action movie with action heroes and things are going to get violent. The ad was clearly just trying to showcase the two most marketable stars and portray the evil of its villain.
And what is the message sent when people call violence against female superheroes sexist? Should the women in superhero films be away from the action, sewing uniforms and baking pies? No, they should be out front kicking ass — even if that means they may occasionally be struck by a man.
If that ad is sexist, then how sexist was McGowan’s violent death in Scream. Watch as the garage door strips away her agency. Too bad its too late to boycott.