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‘The Red Pill’: Men’s Rights Movie Sells Out in UK Despite Feminist Backlash

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By Kieran Corcoran | 9:11 am, November 3, 2016

The Red Pill, the film about Men’s Rights Activists that feminists keep trying to get banned, sold all the tickets to its UK premiere in just 22 hours.

Organisers are now looking for new venues to host even more people.

The first 120 tickets to the showing on November 19th – International Men’s Day – were advertised online via Eventbrite, and vanished in less than a day.

Heat Street exclusively broke the story, and told how previous attempts to show the film in London were shut down after activists pressured venues into backing out.

Organiser Richard Elliott said that the film, which was recently forced out of a venue in Australia by a Change.org petition, said that it is time for the social issues raised by the film to be heard.

He said: “We’re all connected. Anything that damages one of us affects those around us. It’s time social policy and family law responded to the very real issues men and boys are facing, and this thought-provoking film is a big step forward in mutual understanding.”

Director Cassie Jaye, a one-time feminist who denounced her views after researching the movie, said: “What I hope for The Red Pill is that it will inspire more dialogue about men’s issues and also help more people understand what the men’s rights platform is really all about.”

The Red Pill has already premiered in the US and Australia – despite opposition – and was favourably reviewed this week in The Hollywood Reporter.

Martin Daubney, a Heat Street writer who has seen the film, described it like this:

The Red Pill 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.

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?”

 

Meanwhile, opposition to the film continues. Despite ultimately failing to stop the film being shown in Australia, a new petition has been set up demanding that Jaye be banned from the country.

Describing her as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who “will not be tolerated”, feminists are writing to immigration minister Peter Dutton, asking him to revoke her visa so she can’t enter the country.

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