The Red Pill screening in Ottawa was cancelled due to complaints:
The controversial men’s rights documentary The Red Pill will be screened at Ottawa City Hall on Sunday after the Mayfair Theatre cancelled its scheduled showing over complaints.
Theatre co-owner and programmer Lee Demarbre said long-time patrons and a sponsor threatened to stop doing business with the Ottawa venue if the film screening went ahead.
If you’re unfamiliar with the documentary, here’s a bit about it:
American filmmaker Cassie Jaye said she was researching rape culture for her next documentary subject when she came across the men’s right movement. She initially thought members of the group would fall into the categories of “rape apologists” or “victim blamers” but said she soon began questioning her own beliefs.
She found that the movement includes advocacy for fathers rights, male victims of domestic violence and male victims of sexual abuse, as well as discussions about male suicide rates, boys falling behind in school and men as more “disposable” than women.
“I’ve noticed that most of us are very quick to laugh and scoff at men’s issues but if the genders were reversed that would be hateful, hate speech, sexist, misogynist. So that was what was really challenging me during filming — my sexism, I guess, toward men’s issues,” she told CBC News, adding that her own struggle became part of the documentary.
My favorite part of the article was this bit:
Lalonde, one of several who complained to the Mayfair Theatre, called the documentary “misogynistic” though she said has only seen clips, not the entire film. She said a controversial film does not have an inherent right to be screened.
She feels comfortable enough to label it as hateful towards all women, but she has only seen clips of it.
They tried to do the same thing in Australia, and now they’re doing it in Canada.
Let the movie be shown. If it’s truly misogynistic then you have no cause to worry because most people aren’t misogynistic and they’ll see right through it and realize it’s a pile of crap.
It makes me very curious to see why you want to shut it down so badly though. That usually means it has the potential to upset your narrative.
Anyhow, the screening has been moved to Ottawa City Hall, which is amazing. Let’s get these sorts of movies out there and start a discussion.