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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Twitter Is Furious Over This Sexist Review Of 'Tomb Raider'

Twitter Is Furious Over This Sexist Review Of 'Tomb Raider'

The internet is a real nightmare sometimes, and it's especially bad when men decide that they should shout their opinions about women's bodies into the void. 
Recently, the upcoming reboot of Tomb Raider has inspired some truly bad takes about Alicia Vikander's appearance. 

ICYMI: Alicia Vikander was recently cast as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot. 

The role, which was originally played by Angelina Jolie in the early 2000s, is based on a character from a popular video game franchise. 
Lara is a fierce and beloved character who kicks butt and raids tombs, so we're thrilled to see her on the big screen again. 

Obviously, Alicia is a great choice for the role.

She's an Academy Award-winning actress who has starred in a ton of critically acclaimed movies like Ex Machina and The Danish Girl.
But as we learned when Wonder Woman hit theaters, female-fronted action flicks always get hit by a ton of ridiculous criticism

Recently, one film critic penned a review that included a paragraph dedicated to dissecting Vikander's physical appearance in the film. 

Basically, this dude was obsessing over the fact that Alicia isn't a carbon copy of Angelina Jolie. He also said the the film wasn't empowering to women. 

The critic accused Vikander of lacking sex appeal and then suggested the film could have been called "Luke Croft" instead. 

Obviously, a ton of people were super furious.
Many took to social media to call out the critic for being "offensive" and "sexist." 

Of course, this review is completely bananas. 

Unfortunately, it's not even the only one. 
A lot of disgruntled men took the time to complain about Alicia Vikander's appearance and suggested that the character should have been sexier. 

It's honestly wild that anyone has the audacity to suggest that Alicia Vikander is not empowering to women because she's not curvier. 

That makes zero sense. These folks are basically saying that despite being a strong female character, Lara Croft is only empowering if she's treated like a sex object. 

A lot of these dudes have attempted to justify their opinion by bringing up the way Lara looks in the video games.

Please excuse me while I roll my eyes forever. 
The original Lara Croft looked like this, by the way. Obviously, this is an attainable look. 

It's incredibly depressing that we are still having this conversation.

News flash: Women do not exist to be sexual objects. 
Lara Croft is a strong, smart, and compelling female character. She is not defined by the size of her chest. 

Alicia Vikander deserves just so much better than this garbage debate about her body. 

Thankfully, many of her fans rallied in her favor and pointed out the incredible amount of work she put in to get physically strong for this role

In fact, Alicia Vikander is a legitimate superhero right now, and we should really be talking about that. 

Alicia packed on over ten pounds worth of muscles for this role through a strict training regimen. 
Most days, I struggle to get off the couch. 

"Alicia is an amazingly hard worker," said her trainer, Magnus Lygdback. 

"Angelina did a great job, but this is something completely different from the original movies," he added. 
"It's a modern Lara Croft, a strong, independent woman, and I think it's exactly what the world needs right now." 

In this version of Tomb Raider, Lara is an athletic character. 

She is an MMA fighter and a part-time bike courier, so it makes sense that she's able to jump into the action when adventure calls. 

According to Vikander, she was excited to play Lara because she's such an inspirational character. 

"I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits — tough, smart, vulnerable," said Vikander.  

But it was also important to her that Lara was strong. 

"I'm a petite girl and I wanted her to be strong, the character, and also she's faced in a lot of battles with bigger, stronger men," said Vikander. 

We're thrilled that Alicia is starring in this film and can't wait to see her take on more action roles in the future.

I mean, you can never have enough female-fronted action movies.

We hope to see a lot less of this kind of sexist criticism in the future, but the fight is far from over. 

But with powerful and thoughtful women like Alicia in our corner, I'm positive that we will get there eventually. 

What do you think? COMMENT and let us know! 

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