You know how they say there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers? This might make you think twice about that. During a press conference at Cannes for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and director George Miller, among others, fielded questions about the movie.
Naturally, the conversation turned to the fact that the movie has women in it who are allowed to do more than be saved and have cleavage (as it seems to do in every interview about Fury Road). The reporter starts, “I’ll preface my remarks by saying that I have five sisters, a wife, a daughter, and a mother, so I know what it’s like to be outgunned by estrogen."
You know when you have to disclaimer your question that much, it’s going to be a real winner.
Tom instantly shuts him down:
“Good for you,” Charlize, who is clearly not amused, says to Tom.
That look tells you everything you need to know.
The reporter, Peter Howell of the Toronto Star, clarified to Buzzfeed News that his question “was intended as the opposite of sexism.” Instead, Howell claims, “I was congratulating him for his willingness to share the screen with so many strong women in a franchise and genre more inclined to celebrate the male over the female."
He later admits, “I don’t think I worded my question very well.”
Anyway, Mad Max: Fury Road is feminist. It’s also crazy good. So get over it. Move on. Stop asking about why it’s feminist, and just start enjoying the fact that it is. Like with your new favorite meme: Feminist Mad Max.
(But Hollywood, please do take note. We don’t want to keep talking about how amazing it is to have a feminist movie. We want it to be so normal that it seems weird when a movie isn’t.)
Now, here’s how the original Mad Max, Mel Gibson, gave Hardy his blessing: