While Mad Max: Fury Road has been received about as well as any film could have been received, it's still had its fair share of controversy. What at first seemed like a harmless action flick has now become the center of attention for what some people are calling "The Feminist Agenda." Author Aaron Clarey, who has yet to see the film, is one of the many speaking out against the messages in Mad Max: Fury Road.
"Men in America and around the world are going to be duped by explosions, fire tornadoes, and desert raiders into seeing what is guaranteed to be nothing more than feminist propaganda...This is the Trojan Horse feminists and Hollywood leftists will use to (vainly) insist on the trope women are equal to men in all things, including physique, strength, and logic."
With such a fervent response to the film, it'd undoubtedly be a topic that would come up in press events. This very thing happened when Toronto Star reporter Peter Howell asked actor Tom Hardy (Mad Max himself in the film) an interestingly worded question.
"Tom, I'll preface my remarks by saying I have five sisters, a daughter, a wife and a mother, so I know what it's like to be outgunned by estrogen. I just wanted to ask you, as you were reading the script, did you ever think, 'Why are all these women in here? I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie!'"
Hardy's response to the question was a curt, albeit slightly confused one, "No, not for one minute. I mean, that's kind of obvious."
In speaking with Buzzfeed, Howell clarified his stance on the controversial matter. Did he himself think it strange that there were so many women in Mad Max: Fury Road?
"My question to Tom Hardy was intended as the opposite of sexism. I was congratulating him for his willingness to share the screen with so many strong women in a franchise and genre more inclined to celebrate the male over the female. He was also willing to be in a co-lead role with Charlize Theron, in a movie called Mad Max, no less. I think a lot of male stars might have objected to this, but Hardy is of a special breed."
Howell went on to state that his question to Hardy was a poorly-worded one. As of this writing, Mad Max: Fury Road has earned over $233 million worldwide.