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Candy: Sexism isn’t why your movie bombed

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The reason movies with female leads bomb has nothing to do with sexism.

Charlie’s Angels came out last week, did you know that? I didn’t either, and that’s why it bombed. Director Elizabeth Banks claims the reason why it didn’t do well is simple: Sexism.

“If this movie doesn’t make money it reinforces a stereotype in Hollywood that men don’t go see women do action movies,” she stated.

Brie Larson starred in Captain Marvel, that grossed $426 million in the U.S.

Gal Gadot starred in Wonder Woman, a movie that hauled in $821 million worldwide in 2017.

What does Elizabeth Banks say about that?

“They only succeeded because they were part of a ‘male genre.’”

Charlie’s Angels is based on a TV Show that in the late 70s ushered in the phrase “jiggle TV,” where their criminal cases always involved showers, bikinis, or high heels.

Charlie’s Angels has always been a misogynistic movie franchise (sorry Cam Diaz), but it’s 2019 — you could literally do the same script and call it Vendetta of Death and get a better reaction from modern audiences.

While I fully support diversity in Hollywood, we want original content more than ever. Stop being lazy and shoving old scripts down our throats, expecting us to buy a ticket solely based upon social guilt and feminist support.

That brings up a great metric for Hollywood — let’s call it the Melissa McCarthy test. Is this Bridesmaids or Ghostbusters? If it’s the latter, we don’t want it.

Simply put, Charlie’s Angels’ failure had nothing to do with sexism; it’s just a tired concept.

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