This was a puzzle to me until Fifty Shades of Grey blew up in theaters in the US. It did okay in the rest of the world, but there’s a big gulf between our box office and the other countries (Valentine Day’s weekend gross: 81.7M; in the UK 21M; $15.2M Germany; $12M France; $10.5M Russia; 9.1M Italy; $8.9M Brazil; $8.6M Australia; $8.1M Mexico; and 7.9M Spain. Source: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/feb/16/fifty-shades-of-grey-beats-avatar-with-248m-opening-weekend-box-office; Ben Child. Interestingly, the flick isn’t doing that great in Japan – and the book didn’t, either. But it’s still early.).
I won’t argue *why* women flocked to see the movie. For that, please refer to my previous article on the subject, on this blog. The fact remains that they stormed the theaters, and made this POS that elevates rape and abuse a huge, HUGE success. Women KNEW that this flick was about a woman being abused and raped by a man; yet they went to see it. No one forced them to go: they went of their own volition.
Men flock to flicks that make them out to be… superheroes. Think of blockbusters like Iron Man and Transformers, whose successes are so driven by the male audience. It’s about a man being a huge, huge star. He’s all that (or not, at least in the beginning), and then he swoops in to save the motherfucking day. But women? Women want to see a woman raped and abused (or, they want to see a rich, powerful man become obsessed with them i.e., a regular, everyday woman. Less violent, but just as demeaning). THAT’s what they like to see. Now: why in fuck’s name, would ANYONE, with even half a brain, ever, EVER create a superhero that’s female? Men wouldn’t be that interested in seeing such a movie, because it would be about a woman saving the day. You cannot fault them for wanting to see one of their own on a pedestal. But women? Forget it – they don’t want to see one of their kind saving the fucking day, fuck, no! They want to see one of their own being raped and abused. THAT’s what they flock to see! And don’t tell me I’m being melodramatic – the opening weekend for Fifty Shades is close to being the biggest opener ever in movie hx. Now: is anyone surprised as to why there are no female superheroes?
There’s no escape from the truth exposed by this event – I’d like to see someone try. Just before this dumb fucking movie came out (no personal insult to the author or director, or crew – they were just doing their job, trying to make a buck; I’m happy they made $$), feminists and the like were going on, on articles and message boards, about how the movie makers were showing the woman nude and the man clothed, and were saying it was Hollywood, it was a bunch of men trying to demean women, blah fucking blah. I had a feeling they were wrong, but there was so much angst there I was scared to say a word. Yeah, I know, pretty pathetic.
Then the flick came out and women came out in hordes to pay homage at the altar of rape and abuse. I haven’t researched it, but I wonder how the feminists are reacting? I almost feel sorry for them. Our own kind has betrayed us. It’s very depressing.
But, there’s always hope. At least now we know a part of the truth about ourselves. That’s the first step.