James Cameron is a pretty well-known director for his inventive work and technical mastery on films such as Titanic, Terminator 2 and Avatar and has been in and around the movie making industry for quite some time now and as such he has some opinions on it, which is fine, everyone is entitled to an opinion.
However, James recently rankled a few folks when he put runaway hit Wonder Woman in his sights and questioned its feminist credentials. Calling out the film on his perceived slights to feminism, James harked backed to his own creation, Sarah Connor from the Terminator series and compared her character to that of Wonder Woman drawing on the obvious differences to make his point.
In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian Cameron said:
"All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!"
Some have taken umbrage with Cameron's assessment with the latest Wonder Woman picture which has been lauded as a great piece of feminist cinema, whilst others feel that he may have a valid point and so his comments have been met with mixed reactions.
But it wasn't just the public who caught wind of Cameron's comments as Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman fired back saying:
"James Cameron's inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman. Strong women are great. His praise of my film "Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated. But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren't free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven't come very far have we. I believe that women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male characters should be. There is no right or wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely judge their own icons of progress."
It will be interesting to see if these two Hollywood heavyweights have any more words to trade or if it's all been blown out of proportion. Only time will tell.