There’s been much ado about Charlize Theron’s Mad Max: Fury Road character Imperator Furiosa -- yes, she plays a character named Imperator Furiosa -- and how she is a strong female character in a genre that doesn’t always let women be strong. Which is good, because yay! Strong females! And bad, because why don’t we already have more of those in movies?
Possibly because idiots like this exist: Men's Rights Activists (reminder: Men’s Rights are not a thing) have called for a boycott of the “feminist propoganda,” dumbly claiming if the movie does well there “[men] will never be able to see a real action movie ever again that doesn’t contain some damn political lecture or moray about feminism, SJW-ing, and socialism.”
Charlize herself was asked about the feminism in the movie and said this:
“What really rung very loudly in it was the importance that women have in this world of survival,” Theron continued to Entertainment Weekly. "So clearly, the younger generation of women were represented in it; my generation was represented; then this older generation of women were represented in it. I was very happy to be a girl with boobies and be a part of that.”
Meanwhile, director George Miller said (via Hollywood Reporter) "Initially, there wasn’t a feminist agenda...The thing that people were chasing was to be not an object, but the five wives -- I needed a warrior, but it couldn’t be a man taking five wives from another man. That’s an entirely different story. So everything grew out of that."
Mad Max: Fury Road is in theaters now. Go see it! Support strong women!
And find out what Charlize had to say about her transformation for Mad Max: