Anti-Feminists Call for Boycott of 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Citing Feminist Agenda
"Charlize Theron's character barked orders to Mad Max. Nobody barks orders to Mad Max."
A well-known anti-feminist blog is calling for a boycott of the postapocalyptic film Mad Max: Fury Road for being a "feminist piece of propaganda posing as a guy flick."
Author Aaron Clarey admits he has not seen the film yet, but his self-proclaimed "spidey sense" noticed that Charlize Theron "talked a lot during the trailers" for the film, and he said Tom Hardy only seemed to have cameo appearances. "Charlize Theron's character barked orders to Mad Max," writes Clarey on Return of Kings. "Nobody barks orders to Mad Max."
Clarey did not like reading reviews commending Theron for many of her action scenes, nor did he appreciate the news that the movie's director, George Miller, asked Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler to consult with the five actresses who play sex slaves in the film. (Theron's character plays a road warrior fighting to lead the child-bearing women to safety.)
Clarey writes that he is concerned "men in America and around the world are going to be duped by explosions, fire tornadoes, and desert raiders into seeing what is guaranteed to be nothing more than feminist propaganda, while at the same time being insulted AND tricked into viewing a piece of American culture ruined and rewritten right in front of their very eyes."
The movie — like the original Mad Max trilogy — was filmed in Australia and is directed and co-written by Miller, who is Australian. (Fury Road was also filmed in Namibia and South Africa.)
Clarey feels Hollywood and Miller tricked him by making a movie that "visually looks amazing."
"Let us be clear. This is the vehicle by which they are guaranteed to force a lecture on feminism down your throat," writes Clarey. "This is the Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things, including physique, strength, and logic."
He calls for a boycott:
"So do yourself and all men across the world a favor. Not only REFUSE to see the movie, but spread the word to as many men as possible. Not all of them have the keen eye we do here at [Return of Kings.] And most will be taken in by fire tornadoes and explosions. Because if they sheepishly attend and Fury Road is a blockbuster, then you, me, and all the other men (and real women) in the world will never be able to see a real action movie ever again that doesn’t contain some damn political lecture or moray about feminism, SJW-ing, and socialism."
The blog the post is published on is known for trolling feminists. Its "about" page, for example, says, "Women and homosexuals are prohibited from commenting here. They will be immediately banned." The article has received more than 2,000 comments. One commenter wrote, "Women and feminists in general have without a doubt, proven that they are dysfunctional by nature and cannot be trusted with anything. And this movie helps to prove it."
"Initially, there wasn’t a feminist agenda," Miller said while promoting the movie at Cannes. "I needed a warrior. But it couldn’t be a man taking five wives from another man. That’s an entirely different story. So everything grew out of that."
Theron said she was happy to take on the role of Imperator Furiosa "to celebrate everything there is about being a woman, and not trying to put women on a pedestal, but being surrounded by other women in a story that was just real."
May 14, 1:14 p.m. A previous version of this story failed to mention all shooting locations for Fury Road.
May 18, :11:55 a.m. Updated to reflect that the Return of Kings site and guest writer Aaron Clarey do not claim to be men's rights activists, instead they are part of what they call the "manosphere."