Mayor Adler sends tongue-in-cheek response to man upset over ‘Wonder Woman’ screening

Austin Mayor Steve Adler used a witty approach Wednesday in responding to an email he received last week, in which the writer voiced his opposition to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s plans to host two women-only screenings of the movie “Wonder Woman” on Tuesday.

GAL GADOT as Diana in the action adventure “WONDER WOMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

The writer called for a male boycott of the entire city of Austin.

“I hope every man will boycott Austin and do what he can to diminish Austin and to cause damage to the city’s image,” he wrote. “The theater that pandered to the sexism typical of women will, I hope, regret it’s [sic] decision. The notion of a woman hero is a fine example of women’s eagerness to accept the appearance of achievement without actual achievement.”

You can read the rest of his musings here – because Adler posted the exchange on his blog – if you’re interested in hearing the writer’s thoughts on makeup, military service, the Olympics, inventors and the “women’s movement.”

Adler decided to alert the writer “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,” Adler wrote. “After all, we men have to look out for each other!”

In response to the writer’s – possibly rhetorical – request to “name something invented by a woman,” Adler noted 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.”

Adler wished the writer luck in securing his email account.

“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,” Adler wrote.

This isn’t the first time Adler has used his blog to counteract hostile rants from members of the public. Last year, after voters defeated a referendum on ride-hailing rules that led to Uber and Lyft leaving town, Adler put up a post featuring some of the most profane tweets he had received on the topic. His spokesman said that post “speaks for itself and quite loudly.”

Reddit thread shows why there’s a ‘no talking or texting’ rule at Alamo Drafthouse

By now, the Alamo Drafthouse’s “no talking or texting” policy is practically a commandment for living in Austin. Numerous celebrities (including former Gov. Ann Richards! have participated in pre-screening commercials for the policy, and Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League has gone so far as to state that “turning off your phone and focusing on a good movie is much-needed therapy.”

YouTube screenshot.
YouTube screenshot.

And if you’re seated next to someone who won’t shut up, or you’re constantly distracted by the glare of someone’s phone as they text throughout the film, you can silently complain on a food order card at your table. The worst offenders get kicked out; most get warnings. Management takes this stuff very seriously.

Apparently some people don’t understand that rule, according to some Redditors on r/Austin. A recent discussion thread titled “Alamo Drafthouse no talking policy – who’s tried it?” is chock full of horror stories from moviegoers who were forced to complain about their fellow patrons.

“At a Victory screening for Jack Reacher, these ahole and his idiot girlfriend wouldn’t shut up (easily the loudest people I’ve ever sat next to – and at a Victory screening, mind you),” one user wrote. “We raised a flag and someone came to tell them to be quiet. After getting notified they were too loud, they started passing notes back and forth which was almost as bad. The boyfriend decided it was someone behind them who complained, so every 15mins or so he raised both hands into the air and waived around his middle fingers – flipping off the entire row behind us. Classy.”

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Another user wrote about how another theatergoer didn’t think she was being that loud:

“I used it for a talker, the manager came by asked her to be quiet and then stood at the end of the row watching and had to ask her again. At the end of the movie she (70 year old woman) came after me and asked why – that I shouldn’t go out in public if I can’t handle people talking.”

Other experiences were better.

“I’ve done it before. Constant chatterers next to me. I put up a card, the server read it, nodded, and rushed off like he was going to put a food order in,” another user wrote. “Maybe 5-10 minutes later a server (the same one? not sure) came back and said to the noisy couple, ‘We’ve gotten some noise complaints about you so please keep it down.’ The server was very nice but firm about it. I liked that it didn’t seem to come directly from me, though it made sense that it’d be either me, the people on the other side of them, or directly in front of them. I was also relieved that the server didn’t just read the card and then go directly to the couple to tell them to STFU. It was pretty non-confrontational and the couple bitched a little about how they ‘weren’t talking at all!’ then maybe got more self-conscious and quieted down.”

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To top it all off, the highest-rated comment on the thread came from a user who claims to work at an Alamo Drafthouse:

“If we witness you talking and there’s already been a complaint from someone else, you’re going to be asked to leave. And, honestly, the no talking videos/ads run twice before the movie starts-the second one being directly before the film. There’s really no excuse for talking, from our perspective. It’s not a joke to us and we will get in your face/kick you out if you can’t control your behavior.”