Wednesday 21 February 2018

There's a fly in the ointment over Hollywood view of women

An all-female film of 'Lord of the Flies' won't do anything to improve the screen treatment of women

Critic: Roxane Gay says 'Lord of the Flies' is a masculine story
Critic: Roxane Gay says 'Lord of the Flies' is a masculine story
Sophie Donaldson

Sophie Donaldson

When news broke that Jodie Whittaker would be the 13th actor to play Doctor Who, many fans of the show were up in arms that their beloved Doctor would be changing genders. Likewise with the news in 2015 that Paul Feig would be directing an all-female cast for the remake of Ghostbusters.

There have been murmurs of a female James Bond for some time now; if and when the time comes there will certainly be fans ready to voice their displeasure. Predictably, the sentiment of most of these protests is that women just aren't up to the job. They claim that changing the gender of these much-loved characters is simply pandering to the wants and needs of lefty feminist film buffs.

Which brings us to Hollywood's latest gender-bending adaptation. The recent news that Warner Bros is developing a Lord of the Flies revamp with an all-female cast was savaged across social media. Unlike the backlash against other female-led remakes, the majority of opposition didn't come from diehard William Golding fans; rather, the majority of opposition came from lefty feminists themselves.

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