This Sexist Tomb Raider Review Has Pissed Off The Internet
On March 14th, The PhillyVoice posted a review about the latest Tomb Raider adaptation that focued quite a bit on comparing the lead actress's portrayal of Lara Croft to that of Angelina Jolie's. The problem, however, was that the author seemed to put a lot of weight on the physical differences between the two actresses, even saying that Vikander lacks the "sex appeal" required to play Croft.
This week in “Male Film Critics Who Should Shut Up”! pic.twitter.com/jThYuy3t67— Jacob (@JEBermanator) March 14, 2018
Thank you, man, for having an opinion on what is and what is not empowering for women, but I think we'll take it from here. Having different representations of female body types challenges the idea that women are only sexy if they're shaped like an hourglass. Women of all shapes and body types being represented on screen is exactly what's empowering for women-- not just the cookie cutter version of women you wish you'd see on the big screen and in real life.
And what's that? The movie wouldn't have been any diffrerent had there been a man playing the lead role? I.e., you personally not being attracted to Vikander's body type then made her to you, no different than a man? It wasn't painfully obvious that this role was written for a female lead rather than a male? There weren't enough gender stereotypes? Perhaps at some point Lara Croft should have broken a nail, or had a good cry for the role to have been believably female. Sorry that the whole point of the film did not revolve around the fact that Lara Croft has a vagina, but possibly, (and now, just go with me here...) that is the whole fucking point.
Truthfully, there is so much more to say, but we're gonna hand it over to Twitter, where everyone took that opportunity already and eloquently killed it:
Hi this review is a sexist piece of shit and you should be ashamed of running it— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) March 15, 2018
I guess he found this movie boring, but wow. The paragraph about her appearance clues me into his disgusting mindset. What does her attractiveness have to do with the quality of the movie? Nothing. What it reveals is that he's a shitty & sexist reviewer. For shame @thephillyvoice— Michael Kreutzer (@BrushieTundra) March 15, 2018
Nothing is more empowering for women than insisting they must look like Angelina Jolie with enhanced tatas or they're just not pretty.— Feminazgûl (@jkyles10) March 15, 2018
After all the backlash, the review was edited with and republished with an editors note saying "This review previously made references to Vikander's appearance in comparison to Angelina Jolie. After consideration, we have removed that mention."
Smart move, guys. But incase you weren't over reading these "WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU EVEN TALKING ABOUT" tweets, then please enjoy a few more of hilarious ones:
This is the perfect female body pic.twitter.com/Gkr1jzEL3K— Rory (@mupthemsteps) March 16, 2018
Adequate cleavage is the only sure defense against attack tigers and mutants.— Feminazgûl (@jkyles10) March 15, 2018
In conclusion, we all know Lara Croft was your first wet dream and we're sorry that this Lara Croft did not fit your 14 year-old-boy spank bank fantasy, but we've moved on to including all female bodytypes in media these days. FML for you.