James Cameron Should Shut Up About ‘Wonder Woman’ and Patty Jenkins

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James Cameron is working on a Terminator reboot starring Linda Hamilton that will ignore the plot of Terminator Genisys and presumably Sarah Connor’s death, which is undeniably awesome news for the franchise. Less awesome is Cameron himself, who on top of working on Terminator is filming four Avatar sequels, lord help us, and is thus doing interviews again.

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When Cameron last made waves in August for the words that came out of his mouth, it was so aggravating that Patty Jenkins herself called him out. Cameron said Wonder Woman was “misguided” and Wonder Woman herself an “objectified icon,” pitting her against his own female protagonist, Sarah Connor.

And, because Cameron is presumably immune to learning from his mistakes, he doubled down on those comments in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

“I mean, she was Miss Israel, and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting. She’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that’s not breaking ground,” he said of Gal Gadot, once again using the issue of female representation as a vehicle to assess women’s physical attributes.

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If that wasn’t enough (it was), he then argued Sarah Connor was a “breakthrough” character because sexuality, that pesky, female trait, did not factor into her character.

“Linda looked great. She just wasn’t treated as a sex object. There was nothing sexual about her character. It was about angst, it was about will, it was about determination. She was crazy, she was complicated… She wasn’t there to be liked or ogled, but she was central, and the audience loved her by the end of the film,” he said.

Cameron also said he applauded Jenkins’ “good film,” and added of Wonder Woman, “I like the fact that, sexually, she had the upper hand with the male character, which I thought was fun.”

How gracious. I’m sure the thousands of women who honestly loved Jenkins’ movie and what it might represent—and who are largely to thank for its incredible success—have all revisited their own excitement and adjusted it accordingly.

So per usual, Cameron barrels ahead, arguing that his take as a powerful male auteur on how women should feel empowered by movies is somehow more valid than women’s takes on how women should feel empowered by movies. And for him, outfits and beauty and relative toughness make all the difference.

Here’s an idea: Cameron should shut up and let Linda Hamilton do all the PR for the Terminator reboot before he ruins that with words, too.



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