Last month, the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin announced that they'll be hosting one women-only screening of the new Wonder Woman film. Unsurprisingly, this created a stir on social media with some men complaining that the screening was "sexist."
One such person was Richard Ameduri, who sent Mayor of Austin Steve Adler an email complaining about the screening and asking Adler to "name something invented by a woman." His email read in full...
"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."
Unfortunately for Ameduri, the mayor decided to respond. Adler posted his retort on his website, and it's a zinger.
"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."
That's got to hurt. And social media users seemed to love the mayor's response.
Beautifully done. Really, really proud to have Adler as mayor. There is still some sense in Texas.— The Texpatriate (@texpatriate) June 1, 2017
"I do not hate women" - a statement someone that totally doesn't hate women has to regularly say.— Onion Armor King (@DamienWilkens) June 1, 2017
...and deliver the most classy burn I've ever seen.— (((micsha))) (@micsha_maha) June 1, 2017
Austin: keep being awesome.
Keep it up, Mayor Adler.