The Threat of Male Egos
Men's Rights Activists are up in arms about a male washing dishes in a movie. No, this is not satire.
There are some communities that need to have groups fighting for their rights, like LGBTQ, women, people of color, etc. Then there are those groups like the Men's Rights Activists groups that have sprung up in recent years. Cisgendered, white men feel that they are under attack because there are more diverse movies and TV shows on the air now, and this is not ok with them. Can you imagine a female being anything but helpless and in need of a big, strong man to save her? It flies in the face of their reality, and they are not afraid to let people know that.
Captain Marvel star Brie Larson learned the hard way these men mean business when they say that women should be seen and not heard. Larson did an interview where she called for more diversity in movie critics; which, of course, was an affront to the white males that have held the majority of movie critic posts since before Siskel and Ebert used their thumbs to judge a movie. Right away the men's groups decided that Larson was saying white men should not be watching the superhero movie and they bombarded Rotten Tomatoes with negative reviews of the film... before it was released. The horror, a woman asking for more diversity with critics, in the interest of creating a more flavorful pallet and representative of the world we live in! It's almost like she asked a man to wash dishes.
Which is another point of discontentment with Captain Marvel, which these groups swear is full of anti-man sentiments. Nick Fury is shown washing dishes in one scene, instead of the woman. It's appalling that Disney let that slide, isn't it? Men's Rights groups think so and made a big deal about it on Twitter, and how it shows that the man has "lost his balls" because he cleaned a dish. The humanity!
It's fine to call a woman a liar when she comes forward about rape because she's female and in the Men's Rights view, it is her job to satisfy the man. Whether that be making him a sandwich or letting him hump on her with or without consent for his sexual satisfaction. But a man washing a dish is impeding their rights somehow. And it's not just Captain Marvel that sets them ablaze either.
Their former safe haven, Star Wars, has also made them mad with this whole female empowerment thing. T-shirts were made that read: "The Force is Female" and this set off an outrage not seen since women were given the right to vote. Adding to the hurt feelings was the fact that lower level rebel soldier, Finn, was chastised by his superiors. The fact that those superior officers were women, well Mickey Mouse has some explaining to do as to why he green-light a movie with such an anti-male movie. These movies were originally for men, how dare Disney and the producers want to include anyone other than white men in the franchise.
That seems to be the biggest issue Men's Rights have with The Last Jedi. Females were in lead roles and drove the story, instead of being sexy and showing their boobs on command. Seriously, one of the arguments made against the movie was that there was no fornication and that was just not okay because there were women and men, all heterosexual (apparently), and therefore they should have been having sex like animals. Who cares about the war happening around them? Why was that an argument?
The Women's Rights, LGBTQ, Black Lives Matters, and more groups were founded because the segment of people that are represented by them face discrimination, hate, and oftentimes violence for reasons beyond their control. The Men's Rights groups seemed to have organized simply as a result of white men not wanting others to be able to enjoy movies or have an opinion that disagrees with theirs. It's a sad state of mind that these men are so up in arms about pop culture and ignoring the struggles of their fellow human beings. Thankfully, they are a loud minority.