Violence against women is a national issue, a terrible crime and should never be condoned. On the other hand, violence against blue female mutant comic book characters, especially when conducted by another mutant thought to be an Egyptian God, should not become a national issue.
The billboard above advertised the movie X-Men Apocalypse, and shows the character Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence, being choked by the bad guy named Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac. To some, this advertisement is representation of violence against (blue, mutant) women.
The objections to the billboard were expressed publicly, and most vehemently, by Actress Rose McGowan
The fact that no one flagged this is offensive and frankly, stupid. The geniuses behind this, and I use that term lightly, need to to take a long hard look at the mirror and see how they are contributing to society. Imagine if it were a black man being strangled by a white man, or a gay male being strangled by a hetero? The outcry would be enormous. So let’s right this wrong. 20th Century Fox, since you can’t manage to put any women directors on your slate for the next two years, how about you at least replace your ad?”
She continued: “I’ll close with a text my friend sent, a conversation with his daughter. It follows: ‘My daughter and I were just having a deep discussion on the brutality of that hideous X-Men poster yesterday. Her words: ‘Dad, why is that monster man committing violence against a woman?’ This from a 9-year-old. If she can see it, why can’t Fox?”
Perhaps, she (the 9-year-old) can see it because she has been raised in the liberal “politically correct” culture that continues to infect American society. This is not a picture of a “man” choking a “woman,” it’s a picture of 3,000-year-old mutant who is seen as a God choking the person who (in this battle) is the leader of the X-Men.
Oh, and BTW, here’s something that Ms. McGowan hasn’t figured out as of yet— it’s not real! It’s a movie based on a comic book, like Superman and Popeye were. Does McGowan or any of her fellow members of the PC Police, also believe that Popeye really exists? If so she needs to be in an institution, or have a can of spinach to learn that it doesn’t instantly grow muscles (everyone knows that a pint of Oreo cookie ice cream grows muscles).
Unless I missed something that has happened in the past few minutes, there are not now, nor have there ever been, blue mutants fighting even stronger mutants (with a God complex) anywhere on Earth.
McGowan should be celebrating this movie as it is one of the rare cases where the team of “good guys” is led by a woman. If Rosie wants to complain about the X-Men advertisement, why didn’t she complain about the ad below which depicts a woman being stalked and eventually kidnapped?
I wonder if Rose McGown ever saw this classic whose advertisement showed human violence against a human woman. If she did I don’t remember her complaints.
Perhaps she also missed this movie ad from “GoldenEye” which suggests sexual violence against women.
This particular movie advertisement, clearly shows a woman violently killed. By the way, not only did Rose McGowan fail to speak out against this advertisement – but she also appeared in the movie.
Making matters worse, unlike the “X-Men” and “King Kong” movie ads, “The Shining,””GoldenEye,” and “Black Dahlia” ads all depict human violence against women – no blue mutants,, Egyptian Gods, or giant apes. Real woman killed by real violence.
Probably the worst part of this controversy is though they did nothing wrong, as soon as Rose McGowan’s charge built support on social media, 20th Century Fox the studio for”X-Men Apocalypse,”apologized and took the ads down. After all, that is the way of corporate America when they are attacked by the P.C. police.