Director Cathy Yan responded to a false claim that she was blaming men for the reception and box office performance of Birds of Prey.
While there has been a vocal group of largely male detractors that continues to lambast Birds of Prey and point to its box office figures as signs of its failure, the Cathy Yan film has overall been generally well-received by moviegoers across the board. In an article for The Flare, writer Roslyn Talusan examines how Birds of Prey calls on the audience to change their perception of how we perceive women’s emotions, including anger.
In response to a post linking back to the article, Cathy Yan thanked the user for the positive comments towards the film and noted that “female rage is still something that is unacceptable and utterly terrifying to some, even if it’s just a tiny part of a fun superhero film.” Evidently, another Twitter user took Cathy Yan’s comments as a sign that she was blaming men for any negative reception towards Birds of Prey, a claim the filmmaker stated was false. In response to this second user, Cathy Yan explained that calling out misogyny and blaming men are two very different things before adding that she has been explicit about her love for how many men have supported the film.
Check out Cathy Yan’s comments in the post below.
I’m not blaming men. I’ve linked to an article about female range in the film. Calling out misogyny is very different than blaming men. If you can’t tell the difference that is more on you. I love how many men came out to watch the film, and that I’ve been explicit about.
— Cathy Yan (@CathyYan) March 2, 2020
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Here is the official synopsis for Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey:
“You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”