Richard Ameduri found himself the subject of a viral news story after he fired off an email to the mayor of Austin, Texas, about the Hollywood film, Wonder Woman.
Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, didn’t take the email lying down; instead, he fired back a lengthy response and posted it on his website.
That’s made Ameduri the unwitting subject of national attention for complaining that a women’s-only Wonder Woman screening in Austin was sexist because it didn’t include men.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Richard Ameduri Lives Near St. Louis & Learned About the Screening Online
Richard A. Ameduri thrust himself into brief online infamy because he saw something on the Internet. Namely, Ameduri spotted stories that reported a drafthouse in Austin, Texas was sponsoring the women’s only event for the Hollywood film, which is drawing rave reviews for its female warrior protagonist.
Richard Ameduri lives near St. Louis, Missouri. He told KVUE-TV that he has never been to Austin, Texas, and that he wrote the mayor because “he saw a story about the all-female screenings online, and felt they were ‘unnecessarily sexist.’”
Ameduri said he wasn’t going to read the mayor’s response and hadn’t done so yet, telling the television station, “I don’t know that that’s a response from the mayor, it may be signed by him or his name is at the end. I don’t pay any attention to it.”
2. Ameduri’s Email Claims That Men Are More Accomplished Than Women
The email exchange began when Austin Mayor Steve Adler says that Ameduri wrote him an email urging a boycott of Austin because the screening of Wonder Woman was limited to women. The screening was scheduled at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse cinema on Thursday, June 1, according to Rolling Stone, which added that, men had accused the “popular theater of discrimination, some demanding to know whether the venue had ever offered ‘men-only’ movie nights.”
“I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s (sic) decision,” the email said. The writer then went even farther, saying, “virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women.”
Here’s the full Ameduri email, according to Mayor Adler’s website:
I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image. The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement. Women learn from an early age to value make-up, that it’s OK to pretend that you are greater than you actually are. Women pretend they do not know that only men serve in combat because they are content to have an easier ride. Women gladly accept gold medals at the Olympics for coming in 10th and competing only against the second class of athletes. Name something invented by a woman! Achievements by the second rate gender pale in comparison to virtually everything great in human history was accomplished by men, not women. If Austin does not host a men only counter event, I will never visit Austin and will welcome it’s deteriorati on. And I will not forget that Austin is best known for Charles Whitman. Does Austin stand for gender equality or for kissing up to women? Don’t bother to respond. I already know the answer. I do not hate women. I hate their rampant hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the ‘women’s movement.’ Women do not want gender equality; they want more for women. Don’t bother to respond because I am sure your cowardice will generate nothing worth reading.
Richard A. Ameduri
3. Mayor Adler Posted His Response on the Internet
Adler didn’t just respond to email writer Richard A. Ameduri; the mayor posted Ameduri’s email about Wonder Woman to his website, and added his full response as well. The mayor’s send up of the Wonder Woman event critic has now gone viral.
Adler’s email smack down started, “I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!” He then ticked off a series of historic accomplishments by women.
Here’s Mayor Adler’s full response:
Dear Mr. Ameduri,
I am writing to alert you that your email account has been hacked by an unfortunate and unusually hostile individual. Please remedy your account’s security right away, lest this person’s uninformed and sexist rantings give you a bad name. After all, we men have to look out for each other!
Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer? And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.
You and I are serious men of substance with little time for the delicate sensitivities displayed by the pitiful creature who maligned your good name and sterling character by writing that abysmal email. I trust the news that your email account has been hacked does not cause you undue alarm and wish you well in securing your account. And in the future, should your travels take you to Austin, please know that everyone is welcome here, even people like those who wrote that email whose views are an embarrassment to modernity, decency, and common sense.
Yours sincerely, Steve Adler
4. Wonder Woman Features an Amazon Princess Who lives on an Island Occupied by Female Warriors
Wonder Woman, which opened to mass release on June 2, tells the story of an island full of females.
Wonder Woman is earning raves across the country and is expected to do well at the box office. According to the blurb on Rotten Tomatoes, “An Amazon princess (Gal Gadot) finds her idyllic life on an island occupied only by female warriors interrupted when a pilot (Chris Pine) crash-lands nearby. After rescuing him, she learns that World War I is engulfing the planet, and vows to use her superpowers to restore peace. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster).”
5. Some Other Men Were Upset by the Austin Screenings but Others Are Bashing Ameduri
Ameduri wasn’t the only man upset about the Wonder Woman showing. Another man wrote on the Alamo Drafthouse Facebook page, “So screw the civil rights act of 1964? This is illegal discrimation. By supporting a women’s only showing you are supporting illegal discrimation and segregation. Let’s take a step forward not backward. Look up the civil rights act of 1964 and decide for yourself if you want to be discrimatory. Will there be a white’s only showing of anything soon?”
However, others said men needed to chill out. “I don’t even have the words to describe the depth of contempt I have for the ‘men’ getting their knickers in a twist over this movie,” wrote another man on the drafthouse’s thread. Wrote another, “These comments … it’s shameful to see that fellow “men” have such fragile egos and cry sexism at the drop of a hat. It’s sad that you guys find women’s empowerment so emasculating.”
After the email hubbub, the drafthouse released a statement that said, “Obviously, Alamo Drafthouse recognizes ‘Wonder Woman’ is a film for all audiences, but our special women-only screenings may have created confusion – we want everybody to see this film.”