The Red Pill movie poster, The Red Pill is a 2016 documentary film by Cassie Jaye exploring the men’s rights movement.
CALGARY — For the second time in a month, a Calgary showing of a documentary chronicling a feminist’s change of heart has been scrubbed.
The latest cancellation is Tuesday’s screening of The Red Pill and discussion arranged by the group Fathers Rights Alberta at Plaza Theatre.
Plaza manager Logan Cameron said the decision was made after they were bombarded with complaints by people who contend the film champions misogyny.
“There were just numerous complaints — calls, social media, emails,” said Cameron.
But he said the backlash over the move to cancel the private, free-admission event has proven even more harsh.
“It seems to be greater than the protest for running it. … It’s a lose-lose situation right now,” he said.
The Plaza’s Facebook page on Monday was full of vitriolic attacks on the film’s critics and proponents, and condemnation of the theatre, with some urging a boycott.
“Shame on you Plaza,” wrote Chris MacDonald in one of the posts.
“As one of the last independent theatres, I had higher expectations of you. You pandered to the cry bullies and ended an opportunity for education and discussion before it even began.”
Others were happy the film had been cancelled yet again.
“Thanks for denying these hateful trolls their podium,” wrote Will Reynard Lentilles on the Plaza Facebook page.
“This film is nothing but lies and preying on the disenfranchised.”
In a statement, Fathers Rights Alberta said it would announce an alternative venue to show the film Tuesday night, along with a discussion featuring one of the documentary’s participants.
“For reasons only known to the Plaza, they have decided to cancel our venue,” it stated. “No fear, we are rescheduling at a different location.”
However, late Monday afternoon, the group said on its Facebook page that the movie is back on at the Plaza, which was news to the Plaza’s manager. The theatre’s owner couldn’t be reached for comment.
Cameron said the theatre takes no position on the film’s merits but added complaints that freedom of expression has been undermined by the cancellation have some merit.
“It isn’t necessarily incorrect,” he said. “You’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.”
The film scheduled for Tuesday evening at the Plaza is Hidden Figures, the story of a female group of African American mathematicians and their contributions to the U.S. space program.
Last month, a showing of The Red Pill at the University of Calgary was cancelled after the Wildrose Party’s campus club promoted it with an email stating “everyone knows feminism is cancer.”
The club said it fired its communication director over the email.