Remember those dudes who were super cranky about the women-only screenings of Wonder Woman at the Alamo Drafthouse theater chain? Well, one of them has decided to take official action over it.
Notorious alt-right person Jason Posobiec announced Wednesday on his blog that he has filed a formal complaint with the New York City Human Rights Commission about the matter, against the Alamo Drafthouse and Carson Daly (who apparently promoted it on The Today Show).
Posobiec claims he filed a complaint with the commission, stating in the filing:
I was refused the ability to purchase a ticket to a movie this weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse because of my male gender. Carson Daly then went on his Today Show to advocate for the business clear violation of my civil rights.
To be clear, the Alamo Drafthouse isn’t banning men from every screening of Wonder Woman. There are over 70 showings of the movie at the Downtown Brooklyn location between now and next Thursday; of those, just three are for women only. Other participating Drafthouse theaters have a similar ratio of normal screenings to women-only screenings.
But does he have a case?
That depends on a few things.
For starters, he’ll have to be able to show that he attempted to buy a ticket and was denied based on his gender, Andrew Brettler, an entertainment attorney at Los Angeles-based Lavely Singer, told Mashable.
“It’s one thing to run a promotion that way,” Brettler said, “but it’s another to try to actually enforce the restrictions and refuse to sell tickets to men. Technically, they probably aren’t allowed to do that under the Civil Rights Act or the New York statutes and regulations.”
Brettler (who notes that he’s never had a case before the New York commission) said the officials who handle the case should look at the bigger picture.
“To me, this filing misses the point and I have a hard time believing that an [administrative law judge] is going to take it that seriously,” he said. “This isn’t about discrimination or inequality.”
How bad can it get for the Alamo Drafthouse?
There’s virtually nothing this case can do to offset the publicity bump at this point.
It’s worth noting that a complaint is not the same thing as a lawsuit: The New York City Commission on Civil Rights hears discrimination cases on housing, employment, public accommodations, harassment and bias-based discrimination by law enforcement. If there’s probable cause and mediation fails, the case can go to trial before an administrative law judge, who has the authority to determine the course, including civil fines.
(Civil Rights Commission complaints do not immediately appear in the public record, and messages Mashable left with the commission to verify the filing were not immediately returned Wednesday.)
If Posobiec’s filing gains traction, it won’t be the first time this tactic has worked: Cases filed by men’s rights activists in California and Virginia in the past decades have won settlements against night clubs that host “Ladies’ Night” events and playhouses that sell discounted tickets to women. But they’ve lost plenty of these kinds of cases, too, usually to straight-up dismissals.
As for what any of this has to do with Carson Daly, he reported on the Drafthouse showings on The Today Show. You can see his clip (which seems pretty mild) below.
Josh Dickey contributed to this story.