In a recent article in Screenrant titled Alita Has A Design Problem (But It’s Not The Big Eyes), Molly Freeman calls out the creators of Alita Battle Angel for making the main character too “sexy.”
I realize that people who write for rags like this have to pander to their audience. God forbid they upset the rage-against-everything-that-isn’t-what-we-believe crowd. It’s common knowledge that postmodern acolytes don’t like merit or competence in any form — “Thou shalt all be equal, or else.” This doctrine applies to sexuality as well. “Thou shalt not sexualize a teenage cyborg” is the basic theme of Freeman’s article.
“For examples of how actual women think warrior women should look in media, just look to the redesigned She-Ra on Netflix’s animated show, or the Amazonian warriors of Themyscira in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman.”
Freeman seems to have divine knowledge of how “actual women think,” and how they ”should look.” That’s interesting. It’s almost a God-like quality, implying that any woman who is fine with Alita’s body is not an “actual woman.”
“Thou shalt not question the un-falsifiable circular reasoning—the social justice creed—else you will not be allowed to claim your true identity.”
Sameness is the rule of thumb in this religion. All sexy bodies are guilty of promoting inequality. In fact, being sexually attracted to someone, especially if you’re a heterosexual male, is a sin. Pretty much all male sexuality is ipso-facto toxic, creepy, and philistine.
“To imply that Alita would choose a sexualized “ideal” female body type over a more practical, less sexualized one isn’t just laughable, it goes against everything established about her character. She’s a character who is depicted using her body to fight and isn’t ever shown caring much about how it looks, but in the moment of her transformation, all that seems to be thrown out the window simply so the movie can justify making sure their main female character has a “sexy” body. It’s a disservice not just to the character of Alita, but to Alita: Battle Angel‘s female viewers.”
Again, with the divine proclamation about “female viewers.” Obviously, Freeman speaks for all of them.
She’s also clueless about the fact that this movie was adapted from a popular Japanese Manga series. James Cameron wanted to stay as close to the original series as possible, which he and the director, Robert Rodrigues, did very well. Alita in the movie has a similar body to Alita in the Manga. She is depicted as a teenager, perhaps because teenagers read comics (which I’m sure is a sin also). Like it or not, teenagers have sexual desire (sin), which is as old as the human species—unless you believe that human history began in 1492 and that being sexy is bad, like most postmodernists do.
“All originality and creativity shalt be altered so as to not offend anyone.”
And imagine this: a teenage romance that doesn’t involve the girl taking control of the relationship, and the boy becoming a passive goofy sidekick.
Instead, in this movie we get a strong male character (sin), and a strong female character.
It’s no wonder why some call the adherents to the postmodern religion NPC’s — characters who cannot vary from their script. The writer of this piece can’t reach beyond the idea that she knows what all women should look like, and how they should think, too!