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Men's Rights Activists Call For Boycott of Mad Max: Fury Road 776

ideonexus writes: Aaron Clarey, author of the blog Return of Kings and prominent figure in the Men's Rights Movement, is calling for a boycott of George Miller's new edition to the Mad Max franchise "Mad Max: Fury Road," calling the film a "Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things..." and citing the fact that "Vagina Monologues" author Eve Ensler was brought in to coach the actresses on playing sex slaves who escape a warlord's possession. Critics have been applauding the film, which currently scores 98% on RottenTomatoes.
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Men's Rights Activists Call For Boycott of Mad Max: Fury Road

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  • by Feral Nerd ( 3929873 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @12:46PM (#49711621)
    Is it the 1st of April already? My watch must be a few months off...
  • I was astonished to see it open at 9.0 on IMDB. I had read that it's just one big chase scene with no plot. Is it actually interesting?

    • Re:Good movie? (Score:5, Insightful)

      by afgam28 ( 48611 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @12:56PM (#49711695)

      This happens a lot on IMDB. The first people to see a movie are usually hardcore fans who have been anticipating it for a long time, and will enjoy it no matter what. So there's a sampling bias at the start, then normal people start watching the movie and the average rating goes down.

      • Re:Good movie? (Score:5, Interesting)

        by KozmoStevnNaut ( 630146 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @02:11PM (#49712355)

        I was so ready to be disappointed, fearing that this would be another jumpcut, way-too-zoomed-in CGI-infested snoozefest like so many other action movies of the last few decades.

        I was pleasantly surprised to be presented with a lean mean, no-holds-barred guns-a-blazing action blast with tons of awesome practical effects and long-duration shots that really let you take in every bit of the insanity instead of only showing you glimpses. It was great, honestly, truly great.

    • I was astonished to see it open at 9.0 on IMDB. I had read that it's just one big chase scene with no plot. Is it actually interesting?

      Since "Fast and Furious" is on its 6th sequel, yes, many people find big chase scenes with no plot to be interesting.

    • To be fair it's more like 2 or 3 enormous chase scenes with a little bit of plot on top.

      But oh man, those chase sequences (all nearly goddamn two hours of them) are utterly amazing. Awesome practical effects, absolutely insane stuntwork and some of the coolest vehicles ever built (and gloriously smashed to bits).

      I know it sounds a bit silly when you sum it up like you did, but it really is one hell of a rollercoaster ride.

  • Sorry MRAs (Score:4, Funny)

    by flintmecha ( 1134937 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @12:50PM (#49711647)

    I can't hear you over this tiny, tiny violin.

    P.S. have any of these idiots ever heard of the Streisand Effect?

  • by YrWrstNtmr ( 564987 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @12:51PM (#49711661)
    Good grief, dude. Not everything has some deep underlying 'message'.
    It's a Mad Max retake. Weird vehicles, Crap blowing up. Post apocalypse...
    It's a gorram movie.

    Had you not so thoughtfully informed me, I would never have known, or wanted to know, that some woman associated with the "Vagina Monologues" was also involved with this. And you know what? I not not give a rats ass.

    I don't watch Mad Max for it's deep social message.
    • by Attila Dimedici ( 1036002 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:40PM (#49712091)

      Good grief, dude. Not everything has some deep underlying 'message'.

      Well, I would agree with you...except, they brought in the author of the 'Vagina Monologues", Eve Ensler, to consult on making the film. You do not bring her in unless you are putting in some deep underlying message which she would approve of. For that matter, Eve Ensler would not have consented to consult on the film unless she agreed with the message.

      • Re:WT everlovin F ? (Score:4, Informative)

        by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojo@world3.nBLUEet minus berry> on Sunday May 17, 2015 @09:47PM (#49715011) Homepage Journal

        You see a conspiracy where there is none. They had sex slaves in the plot and wanted to do a better than average portrayal, making them proper characters instead of the usual generic dross. They got in an expert to consult.

        What exactly are you trying to say? That this person taints everything she touches? Can you provide specific criticism of the film to support that point? Or are you just saying it is a zero sum game and that men must lose out for women to be portrayed positively in movies?

      • There's a sex slave subplot with bitter and twisted women so why not bring someone in that can make that fly?

        Makes perfect sense to bring her in.

        Also the "message" is where the good guys save people from cartoon grade over the top bad guys. Of course she and everyone else agrees with the message.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Well, I was on the fence about spending money on this movie, but this has ensured that I will. (If this is a bit of false outrage generated by someone attached to the movie in some way, they're definitely earning their pay.)

  • The Road Warrior (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Herkum01 ( 592704 )

    I have a hard time imagining any remake being better than the original. It little dialog, but excelled at making you feel for the characters and what was happening at the moment.

    Tie that will a limited budget, it was showed they knew how to create a great movie.

    • Re:The Road Warrior (Score:5, Informative)

      by Nrrqshrr ( 1879148 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:05PM (#49711785)
      They went a different road from the original(s).
      In the original it was more dark and grimy, it felt more dramatic, and the atmosphere in general was sad... very sad.
      In the remake, you have drum trucks and flamethrower electric guitars, it's a much more humor-ish comic take, which makes this, again, not a sequel, but a cash-in remake.
      It's not a Mad Max movie. The main character isn't Max, the atmosphere isn't Mad Max's, it just happened to have spiked cars chasing plated cars in the wastland.

      But hey, how many movies with spiked cars and crazy wasteland chase scenes do we get every year? Am still down for it.
  • by joppeknol ( 1086165 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:01PM (#49711745)
    Just skimmed the article. Summary: Max Max might be woman-friendly. Even if you were remotely interested in this thing, it still is unproven click-bait.. Let's keep the amount of comments as little as possible and save it for 'news that matters' (even for non-nerds).
  • by Guy From V ( 1453391 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:04PM (#49711773) Homepage

    Am I anti-men thinking this sounds really stupid or have I just internalized my philogyny?

  • Some idiot writing something on a web site is hardly news particularly when it's a bitter divorcee talking about mass entertainment. What is this doing on Slashdot? Or is the new revenue model to woo readers away from Jezebel and Salon?

  • by Guy From V ( 1453391 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:13PM (#49711859) Homepage

    There's been too much violence, too much pain. But I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away from this article.

  • by LaurenCates ( 3410445 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:13PM (#49711861)

    For fuck's sake.

    First of all, Aaron Clarey himself says he's not an MRA: []

    Second of all, so what if he was?

    I'm tired of MRAs being the boogeyman of feminists looking for someone to blame everytime a tampon slips out of joint.

    Oh, was that sexist?

    Or did I get to say that because I'm a woman and not "punching down"?

    Feminists are allowed to "disown" or "hide" any of their own rank that doesn't play along with the narrative (such as: #killallmen or the SCUM manifesto). Do MRAs (the quiet, non-extremist variety) not get the same benefit of the doubt? Is that really equality, women?

    When was the last time you actually talked to someone claiming to be an MRA, rather than just shouting them into silence before actually listening to their points of view? Or do you just blindly listen to The Mary Sue and Jezebel, because they've never shown any biased reporting, right?

    This isn't because I'm an MRA (I'm an egalitarian; there's room at the table for everyone with a gender-based axe to grind). I'm just annoyed with feminism needing any enemy to latch the hate onto every time someone dare criticize a woman for anything, instead of, you know, dealing with it like grownups do.

    Especially since Eve Ensler wrote a piece that is supposed to be empowering to women that condones not only rape, but statutory rape.

    So, feminism, can I broad-brush blame you for that? Is that okay?

  • Oh shut up (Score:5, Funny)

    by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:14PM (#49711881) Journal

    Part of "being a man" is not being a whiny bitch.

    Just sayin'.

    • Re:Oh shut up (Score:4, Insightful)

      by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @02:39PM (#49712587) Journal

      Part of "being a man" is not being a whiny bitch.

      That's funny, but you make a really important point.

      If there really is a "femininization" of culture going on, what does it say about masculinity that these men are pissing themselves and crying like giant titty babies?

      Of the qualities that are traditionally thought of as "masculine", is throwing a tantrum because an action movie has important female characters among them? Is crapping on the floor in fury when a woman is hired in your department among them? How about completely losing your shit for eight months because some woman criticized your favorite video game? Is that masculine behavior.

      I have to wonder what kind of role models this relatively young group of MRAs grew up with.

      Let's look at how one of the best-known MRAs, Paul Elam, describes his own conversion to the cause of "men's rights":

      "Men’s rights activists often cite the first time they realized it’s a woman’s world. They call these “red pill” moments, after the scene in The Matrix when the main character is faced with the decision to swallow a red pill and recognize the true nature of the world or take a blue pill and continue living a lie. For Elam, that revelation came at age 13, when his mother tried to force him to take his diarrhea medicine."

      Got that? His mother forced him to take his diarrhea medicine and he realized it was a woman's world. Jesus wept.

  • by brit74 ( 831798 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:16PM (#49711891)
    Why is this on Slashdot? Has Slashdot become this clickbaity? Secondly, Charlize Theron has said herself that Mad Max is "an incredibly feminist action film" and "It's a total empowerment of women,". Source: []

    I've also heard the synopsis of the film, and it sounds like Charlize Theron's character is the main character in the film and women come to the rescue in the film. It sounds like it really sidelines Mad Max in an attempt to push a political agenda, I liked the Aliens movies, but it wasn't a bait and switch like Mad Max appears to be -- we knew that Sigourney Weaver was the star.
  • They didn't need these clowns to help convince me.
  • by TheNarrator ( 200498 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:45PM (#49712131)

    "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever." - George Orwell

    "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a feminist monster truck rally - forever" - Me after watching Mad Max

  • by fey000 ( 1374173 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @01:55PM (#49712209)

    1. Return of Kings is not MRA. Return of Kings is anti-MRA. That's a pretty big difference.
    2. It's not plural activists. It's *one* guy.
    3. This is the first time ever I've seen someone use RottenTomatoes as a reference for movie quality? Why?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by PopeRatzo ( 965947 )

      3. This is the first time ever I've seen someone use RottenTomatoes as a reference for movie quality? Why?

      What is a reference for movie quality, if it's not a site where movie reviews are aggregated?

      Do you have some machine that measures movie quality?

  • by cfalcon ( 779563 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @02:08PM (#49712327)

    I think this is the first time I've seen "MRA" in a slashdot headline (I could have missed some, but I do check reasonably often). It's certainly the first time Return of Kings attention-getting trollish posts (including stuff like "why girls with short hair are damaged" and "why to date a girl with an eating disorder") has baited slashdot, that I'm aware of.

    But the bigger concern is- is slashdot going to really enter this territory? This is hugely controversial stuff. We've already seen "feminism Friday" become a thing- normally some genderwarrior-bait story near the end of the week, normally told from a feminist perspective- sometimes legit, sometimes not. One piece that is largely controversial on slashdot is the "should we bend over backwards to get girls in tech" thing, obviously built in controversy for a bunch of professional tech people, and we see it *over and over again*.

    But this is beyond that. You would expect people to have differing opinions on that stuff, and whether you are opposed or in favor, it's pretty relevant. Random gender warring stories, such as this, are not.

    I'll also point this out: the editorial staff seems to be pretty strongly on one side. It may be difficult to give MRAs a fair shake, but certainly, by calling RoK an MRA website, and by linking that as the first thing ever, they aren't even fucking trying. This would be like calling out "feminists" and then linking to some really ludicrous 70s-edge position as being the standard-bearer. A Voice For Men's website is probably a better place to start if you want to actually go find non-strawmen points to analyze / refute- they at least self identify as some version of MRA, not some reactionary / PUA crossbreed like RoK.

    The people who discuss these gender things online tend to be full-on soldiers, on both sides. They will do or say anything to slam the other side, they will dox, they will make false claims, they are fighting a fucking war. And you want the slashdot commenters to be in on this? Gross.

    • by fey000 ( 1374173 )

      Parent should be an article submission; it's time for the Slashdot community to consider what this attempt at polarisation will lead to.

  • Error in headline (Score:5, Informative)

    by simplypeachy ( 706253 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @03:05PM (#49712813)

    That web site is not an advocate for "mens rights", it's a flaming, garish train wreck of a crock of shit. (Tell us how you really feel)

  • by jtev ( 133871 ) on Sunday May 17, 2015 @04:57PM (#49713385) Journal
    How about a retraction Slashdot for not doing your fucking research.

    Clearly not a men's rights page. He even has reasons why not.

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