Texas mayor takes down 'uninformed and sexist' man over Wonder Woman screenings

Gal Gadot

A Texas mayor has responded to criticism of a cinema's women-only screenings of Wonder Woman.

It's after a man complained to him that the cinema has "pandered to the sexism typical of women".

Austin mayor Steve Adler responded by suggesting the man's account "has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual".

He added that those views were "an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense".

'Name something invented by a woman!'

Gal Gadot
Image caption Wonder Woman was released this week in the UK

"I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city's image," the letter starts.

"The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women's eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement," it continues.

"Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women."

"If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it's [sic] deteriorati on [sic]."

It ends: "Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women.

"Don't bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading."

But the mayor did respond. And it was definitely worth reading.

The original letter to Mayor Adler
Image caption The original letter to Mayor Adler

'Uninformed and sexist rantings'

Instead of calling out the man directly, Mayor Adler wrote: "I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual.

"Please remedy your account's security right away, lest this person's uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name."

In response to the email's claim that women haven't invented anything, he responds: "What if someone thought you didn't know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer?"

He adds: "You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email."

He ends: "Please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense."

Mayor Adler's response
Image caption Mayor Adler's response

The letter attracted positive responses online, including from Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

Mayor Adler managed to play it cool, though.

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