The Rubin Report did an interview with Cassie Jaye, an American documentary film-maker.
She recently made a documentary called, The Red Pill, which takes a closer look at the Men’s Right’s Movement.
Here’s a little bit about the film:
A feminist filmmaker has re-ignited the gender war by daring to make a controversial movie about the Men Right’s Movement.
As part of her research for The Red Pill, American film maker Cassie Jaye spent hundreds of hours with the internet’s most notorious Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs) over a two-and-a-half year period. For balance, she also interviewed some of their fiercest critics – such as Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
It sounds interesting to me. I’d certainly give it a watch, and aren’t documentaries supposed to be daring? Aren’t they supposed to challenge mainstream conclusions and open our minds to different perspectives?
However, in Melbourne, the theater that agreed to screen the movie was attacked online:
Ms Jaye told the Herald Sun she was “shocked” that thousands of people would sign an online petition to ban her documentary from screening in Melbourne when they hadn’t even seen the film for themselves.
Attempts to censor ‘The Red Pill’ and bar moviegoers from viewing it come from the same ideological operations manual that has led to the harassment of students attending pro-men’s rights talks held in universities and colleges across the United States and Canada. These efforts to harass and silence people are a major highlight of the film.
It remains to be seen whether the Australian theater will cancel its screening of the highly contentious documentary. But regardless of the outcome, calls to suppress Cassie Jaye and her production, whether in the name of feminism or to oppose men’s rights activism as an ideologically incorrect movement only prove the point of her documentary. And the so-called “patriarchy” has nothing to do with this form of oppression.
And from The Guardian:
The Australian premiere was cancelled on Wednesday, after an online petition calling on the cinema to abandon the “misogynistic propaganda film” eclipsed 2,000 signatures.
Susie Smith, who founded the petition on change.org, said the film gave a platform to views similar to those of Daryush “Roosh V” Valizadeh, a self-described neo-masculinist whose planned visit to Australia caused a stir with immigration in February.
Thankfully there are people who are willing to stand against censorship:
Williams, who is a spokesman for Men’s Rights Melbourne, pasted the email above a rival petition on change.org, set up to “stop extremists censoring what Australians are allowed to see”. At time of writing it had more than 5,000 signatures.
Now to be clear, I’ve never seen the film. I have no idea whether it’s bad or good. I don’t know whether it’s balanced or if I would agree with it in any way.
What I don’t like is people trying to censor it because it doesn’t align with their ideology.
Here’s what Cassie had to say about the film:
“When I started this project, my perception of MRAs was definitely negative,” she tells me. “I thought they’d say shocking things and it would be a peek inside this mysterious, misogynistic community. All I knew about them was the cherry-picked, shocking comments used on feminist websites.
“But when I started to really listen to them, I started to empathise with a lot of their issues. Our cultural conditioning is that women have been oppressed and men are the oppressors. But I saw that wasn’t so.
“Within the feminist community, there is a level of dismissiveness and a lack of compassion. There is a feeling ‘they have been the oppressors, and now it’s our turn’. Some prefer to step on men in the process. Even when men were suffering, like falling behind at school, I heard a lot of talk about ‘toxic masculinity’ – that it was somehow the fault of the patriarchy, that men caused their own problems.
“But the MRAs weren’t loners or misogynists. Most of them are in loving relationships and have children, and that was shocking for me.”
She later goes on to say that her funding dried up because she was talking about an unpopular topic, but was saved by a kick-starter fund.
And before anyone starts saying it’s not censorship because no one is obligated to distribute the film, here is something written by Cassie just seven hours ago (from the time of this writing) in the comment section of The Guardian article:
Again, I don’t know how good this film is but it shouldn’t be censored. If people don’t like the film, they have the right to write a bad review, like The Village Voice did. Cassie should have the right to release her film and people can either choose to see it or not.
Besides, when has censorship ever worked? The people trying to have this film banned are only giving it publicity. People who barely knew about this film, or didn’t know about it at all, are now going to want to see it even more so they can find out what people don’t want them to see.
Here’s the Rubin Report interview if you’re interested in seeing it. Please share your opinions in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you!