A US House of Representative candidate and feminist, Brianna Wu, has expressed her disappointment at actor Andy Serkis’ new movie, War for the Planet of the Apes for having no dialogues for a female character.
Wu took to Twitter to share a series of tweets on the film and how it failed include a single speaking role for women in the film, ‘not even from a female ape’.
There is no woman that gets a speaking role in all 2 1/2 hours of #WarForThePlanetOfTheApes. No woman gets any lines. Not even a female ape.— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 15, 2017
“There is no woman that gets a speaking role in all 2 1/2 hours of #WarForThePlanetOfTheApes. No woman gets any lines. Not even a female ape,” she wrote in the tweet.
War for the Planet of the Apes is Matt Reeves’ is the final part and a second film in the highly successful and critically acclaimed trilogy.
Wu further said that such sexism even in the films of the new generation is unbelievable to her.
2/ Movies were sexist when I was a child. I really expected my generation to change this. Nope. What is wrong with us?!— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 15, 2017
3/ And male reviewers that gave #WarForThePlanetOfTheApes great reviews. If a movie is sexist, and you don't notice, you suck at your job.— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 15, 2017
4/ Shout out to all male geeks defending absence of women speaking in #WarForThePlanetOfTheApes on my Twitter. You are our sexism problem.— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 15, 2017
War for the Planet of the Apes goes silent for long stretches in the movie where the apes converse in sign language. Two female apes do have prominent roles in the film but they do converse in sign language, thus not really passing the Bechdel Test (The Bechdel Test is a test for movies introduced by Alison Bechdel in 1985. For a movie to clear the test, it must contain a scene in which two or more female characters with a name have a conversation about anything at all besides men.)
The point was brought up by a few men on her thread:
The apes talk in signs. Any signing?— ❄️Plutoburns❄️ (@Plutoburns) July 15, 2017
do you consider sign language speaking?— Tyler Again (@sorryjzargo) July 15, 2017
This isn't a matter of consideration. Signing is speech. Sounds like the movie fails regardless, but let's not lose sight of that.— Kyle Pflug (@kylealden) July 15, 2017
Wu gave said for the sign to be counted, the character should have had a rich emotional journey:
Kyle, if the woman that signs had a rich emotional journey, I would count it. But, the two women that sign have breathtakingly shallow parts— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 15, 2017
One has lost all higher brain functions. She's carried around as a literal damsel in distress. She is naratively used for the men's emotions— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 15, 2017
The other is the ape woman that dies to send all the men off on adventure. She gets one line.— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 15, 2017
Even in all of 2016, only a few major film passed the Bechdel Test. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doctor Strange, The Angry Birds Movie, Sully, Central Intelligence, Kung Fu Panda 3, Star Trek Beyond, Jason Bourne, Deadpool, The Jungle Book, The Magnificent Seven and The Legend of Tarzan all failed the test.
The only few successful ones were Ghostbusters, The Conjuring 2, Bad Moms, Zootopia, Sausage Party, Finding Dory, Suicide Squad, Trolls, Captain America: Civil War, Batman v. Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
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