Wonder Woman‘s director Patty Jenkins has released a statement responding to James Cameron’s criticisms of the movie.
In an interview published Thursday in The Guardian, Cameron, director of Titanic, called out “misguided” Hollywood for “self-congratulatory back-patting” each other over the movie.
He told the publication:
“She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.”
He continued by comparing Gal Gadot’s superhero with his own character, Sarah Connor of Terminator 2.
He said that Connor “was not a beauty icon. She was wrong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit.”
His comments have received heavy criticism on social media, with many calling the director “sexist” and “completely missing the point”.
But in an inspiring statement responding to Cameron’s criticisms, Jenkins told her 100,000 Twitter followers that the veteran director didn’t ‘understand’ the movie.
“James Cameron’s inability to understand what Wonder Woman is, or stands for, to women all over the world is unsurprising as, though he is a great filmmaker, he is not a woman,” Jenkins wrote in a note she posted to Twitter.
“Strong women are great. His praise of my film Monster, and our portrayal of a strong yet damaged woman was so appreciated.”
“But if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we.”
“I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be.”
She concluded: “There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose to judge their own icons of progress.”
Jenkins’ clap-back has since gone viral on Twitter.
Wonder Woman has a sequel planned for December, 2019, with Jenkins in talks to strike a deal that will make her the highest-ever paid female director.