The plan by the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain to offer women-only screenings of the upcoming film "Wonder Woman" has received a backlash of criticism, claiming the move is sexist, The Hill reported Friday.
"Sexist pigs. I used to love your spot. Did Trump take over your company? Was the passing of the bathroom bill not bad enough? Get ready for a social media war," wrote Jonathan Corona on Facebook.
"Could you imagine the anger and outrage from the liberal staff of Alamo if Trump held an all male screening at the White House or even if another theatre did an all male screening?!" quizzed Bradley Lucio on Facebook.
The movie theater is doubling down on the decision, however, despite a host of posts on social media taking the company to task over its decision.
"Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz," Alamo Drafthouse wrote on its site. "And when we say 'People Who Identify As Women Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening — venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team — will be female."
Not only did the theater chain note that tickets sold out quickly for the event, they responded to one critic on Facebook stating, "This has zip to do with equality. This is a celebration of a character that's meant a great deal to many women since 1940."
The company also mentioned it had hosted exclusive events for other groups including active military service members and veterans. Some of the theater's locations will donate the proceeds from the women-only events to organizations that promote female causes, the Hill reported.
"Wonder Woman" is set to premiere June 2, according to the movie's official website.
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