The Plaza Theatre, Calgary, have reversed their decision to cancel the screening of Cassie Jaye’s The Red Pill documentary about the men’s rights movement, despite pressure and complaints from feminists.
“I’m thrilled that Calgary’s Plaza Theatre has decided to reverse their decision to cancel The Red Pill’s screening,” said Cassie Jaye in an email to Breitbart Tech. “The film sheds light on many important human rights issues and only seeks to encourage dialogue and a deeper understanding of ‘gender equality’. The screening will now move forward on April 4th thanks to the overwhelming support from Calgary moviegoers and others who support free speech and an open market for ideas.”
In several complaints to the theater, feminists accused the Men’s Rights Movement of being a “hate group,” prompting the cancellation of the screening. However, after several men’s rights and free speech activists counter-complained about the cancellation, the decision was reversed.
In October, screenings of the documentary in Melbourne were also canceled following complaints from feminists and a petition that branded the film “misogynist propaganda.”
Despite the fact that the counter-petition ended up receiving more signatures, the series of cinemas which were due to screen the film eventually caved to feminist demands and pulled the film.
“Although we are yet to see it, we have since become aware of the controversial nature of the documentary,” declared Palace’s Kino Cinema in a statement. “You may be aware of the petition that is currently circulating on Change.org asking us to cancel the proposed screening of The Red Pill. The overwhelming number of responses, many from regular Kino customers, has really resonated with us and has led us to reconsider the appropriateness of going ahead with the booking.”
Jaye, a feminist herself, has received backlash for making a documentary on the often-demonized men’s rights activism movement, and she was even forced to fund the film with donations received from Kickstarte after her usual progressive donors ended up refusing to fund the film.
The movie’s full description states:
When feminist filmmaker Cassie Jaye sets out to document the mysterious and polarizing world of the Men’s Rights Movement, she begins to question her own beliefs. Jaye had only heard about the Men’s Rights Movement as being a misogynist hate-group aiming to turn back the clock on women’s rights, but when she spends a year filming the leaders and followers within the movement, she learns the various ways men are disadvantaged and discriminated against. The Red Pill challenges the audience to pull back the veil, question societal norms, and expose themselves to an alternate perspective on gender equality, power and privilege.