If you’ve seen any movie trailers in the past few years, pray tell, what pattern have you noticed? Hollywood wants you to believe “it’s time” for more women to star in action movies like Atomic Blonde and beat up men (see Chris Hemsworth Says “It’s Time” for a Female James Bond. He’s a Dumbass and OUTRAGE! James Bond Can’t be a Woman or Gay, Says… James Bond Himself).
Bill Burr would like to respectfully present a dissenting argument. Brace your earholes, triggers incoming.
It’s kind of funny watching a woman beating the s*** out of two 400 pound guys. I mean, doesn’t it get to the point where, ‘I don’t give a f*** how much karate you know, I can just sit on you.’ It immediately takes me out of the movie. As bad ass as those women are in the UFC, they still fight other women.
It’s a combination of [70s-80s action movies] and all those feminist t-shirts.
Look, I’m all for hot, strong, Xena-the-Warrior-Princess ladies but…
He’s not wrong.
Sorry, Hollywood, but this whole “women can be badasses TOO you know!” narrative is getting a tad old hat (see Original Ghostbusters Director: No, It’s Not Sexist to Hate the Remake). You like seeing girls curb stomp men. We get it! We. Get. It. But why does every single female action lead have to be exactly the same? Especially when the likelihood of such womanly strength is so low. If I had to guess how many women (in the history of ever) could actually do a spin kick powerful enough to launch twelve grown men into the next solar system, I’d wager it’s probably… Two. Giganta and Sheeva from Mortal Kombat.
But the worst part is whenever someone criticizes these movies – or sometimes even when no criticism takes place at all – loads of feminists swarm and start throwing around accusations of sexism. Because supposedly women have skin thick enough to take a flurry of punches from male martial artists, but it’s still not thick enough to take any criticism.
Some people just aren’t into 4o-year-old Charlize Theron straight fisting a gaggle of dudes twice her size while equipped with nothing but the power of feminism. Get over it.