“I don’t want to publish reviews of films where women are alpha and men are beta,” and other thoughts from the new publisher of the Niagara Falls Reporter

The Evil Queen thinks SHE’S all that.

Until recently, Michael Calleri was a movie reviewer for the Niagara Falls Reporter. Indeed, he’d been reviewing movies for the weekly paper for more than 20 years. But then the paper got sold to a new owner, and Calleri found that many of the reviews he sent in weren’t making their way into print. He contacted the new publisher, who was also the new editor, and after several surreal conversations and a number of emails, he received this explanation from his new boss:

i have a deep moral objection to publishing reviews of films that offend me. snow white and the huntsman is such a film. when my boys were young i would never have allowed them to go to such a film for i believe it would injure their developing manhood. if i would not let my own sons see it, why would i want to publish anything about it?

Yeah, I think we can all see where this is going.

snow white and the huntsman is trash. moral garbage. a lot of fuzzy feminist thinking and pandering to creepy hollywood mores produced by metrosexual imbeciles.

I don’t want to publish reviews of films where women are alpha and men are beta.

where women are heroes and villains and men are just lesser versions or shadows of females.

i believe in manliness.

not even on the web would i want to attach my name to snow white and the huntsman except to deconstruct its moral rot and its appeal to unmanly perfidious creeps.

i’m not sure what headhunter has to offer either but of what I read about it it sounds kind of creepy and morally repugnant.

with all the publications in the world who glorify what i find offensive, it should not be hard for you to publish your reviews with any number of these.

they seem to like critiques from an artistic standpoint without a word about the moral turpitude seeping into the consciousness of young people who go to watch such things as snow white and get indoctrinated to the hollywood agenda of glorifying degenerate power women and promoting as natural the weakling, hyena -like men, cum eunuchs.

Dude,”eunuch” is not the preferred nomanclature. Mangina-American, please.

Oh, but the new boss made clear that he was open to some sorts of reviews from Calleri:

If you care to write reviews where men act like good strong men and have a heroic inspiring influence on young people to build up their character (if there are such movies being made) i will be glad to publish these.

i am not interested in supporting the reversing of traditional gender roles.

i don’t want to associate the Niagara Falls Reporter with the trash of Hollywood and their ilk.

it is my opinion that hollywood has robbed america of its manliness and made us a nation of eunuchs who lacking all manliness welcome in the coming police state. …

In short i don’t care to publish reviews of films that offend me.

if you care to condemn the filmmakers as the pandering weasels that they are…. true hyenas.

i would be interested in that….

So, yeah, apparently the Niagara Falls Reporter is now being edited by a barely literate misogynist who seems like he just stepped out of the comments section of The Spearhead.

You can read the rest of Calleri’s story over at the Chicago Sun-Times.

(Thanks to several alert Man Boobz readers for pointing me to this story.)

About David Futrelle

I run the blog We Hunted the Mammoth, which tracks (and mocks) online misogyny. My writing has appeared in a wide variety of places, including Salon, Time.com, the Washington Post, the New York Times Book Review and Money magazine. I like cats.

Posted on November 17, 2012, in antifeminism, grandiosity, incoherent rage, manginas, masculinity, men who should not ever be with women ever, misogyny, oppressed men, patriarchy and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 120 Comments.

  1. @LBT
    Batman #13, I think?

  2. @LBT: That’s issue 12 of the current run of Batman. It had two artists, and each was amazing.

    @Quiet Wolf: I totally googled the jumper cable girl after that issue. I had just gotten into comics and I thought she must be some long established character I knew nothing about.

    And Alfred and the brownies was glorious.

  3. Thanks, Lauralot! I’m generally not a big Batman fan (I need a Robin, an Alfred, or an Oracle to sugarcoat him first), but I might have to mooch around and see if I can’t see that.

  4. It’s a good issue to pick up if you’re interested, as it happens between story arcs and is basically its own self-contained story. Also it serves as an introduction to two new characters, so you don’t have to have great knowledge of the Batverse to enjoy it.

  5. Actually, one of my favorite things about Batman post-Flashpoint is how nice he seems these days vs. what I’d seen of him in the old continuity. Hugging Batgirl, holding little kids’ hands, trying to reason with the villains before the fight starts and/or when they’ve tied him up and poisoned him…and they’ve made a big deal of focusing on his philanthropy stuff in the current run. I hope he stays this way for a while and doesn’t drift back into Batdickery any time soon.

  6. Yeah, a lot of Batman just… he seems like such a DICK. A GRIMY dick. Who skulks in corners miserably.

    I’m unlikely to get the issue (money is at a massive premium right now–I’d rather save the three, four bucks I’d get on the issue to buy a used book or even better, new soap) but I’ll see if any of my other comics buddies have it.

  7. Current Batman still sulks quite a bit (to be fair, if I were captured, dehydrated, and on LSD for a week straight I would probably sulk too), but so far he’s only slipped into Batdick mode once (at least in his main series, I haven’t kept up with Detective, Justice League, or Batman and Robin), and Nightwing called him on it immediately.

    Batman: The Dark Knight is currently making him flat out sweet, actually. http://lauralot89.tumblr.com/post/29804782027/comic-panels-that-make-me-unreasonably-happy

    I really hope one of the mandates of the relaunch was “Don’t make Bruce Wayne a dick.”

  8. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

    Lauralot – I haven’t read comics in, gods, must be pushing forty years, but that Batman page is really great. Thanks for the link!

  9. Glad to be of service! I’m kind of obsessed with comics, so it’s always good to know that my fangirl rambling is of use to someone.

  10. @Falconer,

    Oh yeah, you’re right. That was Spiderman’s aunt he saved. It’s been a while since I saw it. But he was a nice enough hero, he would save an elderly person he doesn’t know, too. I haven’t seen the 2012 version. I’m annoyed that in the new one, his webs come from cartridges and not from his own wrists. That just seems like too big of a hassle to me because he’ll have to worry about replacing web cartridges. Ha ha ha, I’m aggravated on the behalf of a fictional character.

  11. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

    I must admit to missing the box of comics I had as a kid … I’d love to read ’em now and actually get the stories a bit better!:/

  12. Creative Writing Student

    Lauralot, currently reading your tumblr. Dammit. It’s interesting. It’s 2am why are there shinies on the internet?!

  13. RE: Lauralot

    Aw, that is nice. Yeah, my memory of Batman is stuff like Year Zero where he smacks Robin and doesn’t apologize for it. (One of the kids here likes to play a sad game where zie keeps track of how many times adults in media explicitly apologize for wrongdoing. It’s… sad how rare it actually happens outside of kids media.)

  14. Also think I shall follow you on teh tumbler thing.

  15. Aw, thanks, everybody.

  16. Yeah, the new 52 was what got me seriously into comics. Before that, I would read short series and stuff because my OCD couldn’t deal with starting at #26218. I do remember I read Gotham City Sirens, Green Arrow, and Zatana because I could start them at #1.

    My memories of Batman start at the Tim Burton film and Batman: The Animated Series. So, the Batman I knew was always pretty awesome. I was him on Halloween at least twice.

  17. Yeah, the new 52 was what got me seriously into comics. Before that, I would read short series and stuff because my OCD couldn’t deal with starting at #26218.

    Are we long-lost siblings?

  18. @Lauralot: I don’t know. Maybe one of us is from a from parallel universe?

    (I don’t know how quotes work, sorry)

  19. Hey guys I just read a review of Skyfall.

    I feel ill.


  20. Uh oh. Beloved and I were looking forward to seeing that film…

    *goes to check reviews*

    Also, the shock people had that a man would think the way the editor did. Wait, was the presidential election and all the Republican bullshit said my imagination or did everyone watch the news with the sound turned off?

  21. It also includes scenes of women in hijab protesting – one is even carrying a gun! This is obviously some liberal PC feel-good crap, because everyone knows Iranians don’t let their women out of the house. Some feminist probably made the director put in some “strong women”.

    And then the feminists invented a metrosexuality-powered time machine and traveled back to the 1970s to create the news footage from which those scenes are directly copied. It is the only explanation.

    Of all the movies out in theaters right now, the only one with a strong, aggressive heroine of the type this guy complains about is “Brave.” That movie came out six months ago and is still doing solid box office (it’s #20 this weekend), which suggests that there’s a much bigger demand for movies with heroic female leads than Hollywood is meeting. The unmanly perfidious feminist cabal down in L.A. needs to get to work.

  22. Skyfall is really good, but… all I can say is that OBLIQUE SPOILERS a thing happens in it that makes me much less interested in seeing the next Bond movie.

  23. Check this wiki entry out:

    In 2012, after new publisher Frank Parlato became the owner of the Niagara Falls Reporter, one of the long-time contributors had no other choice other than to quit. In a story[1] related through Roger Ebert on his Chicago Sun-Times website, the Reporter’s former movie critic explained that the new publisher had a fear of empowered women, and also of movies with a strong woman as the lead character. The story had many hits around the world, and its readers were massively shocked by the statement of Frank Parlato in one of his emails: “I don’t want to publish reviews of films where women are alpha and men are beta. where women are heroes and villains and men are just lesser versions or shadows of females. i believe in manliness. ”

    And this…


    In which Parlato is referred to as “a guy who has no professional journalistic experience, and a warped view of humanity, does not like strong women.”

  24. I’ve heard enough mixed stuff about Skyfall that I am not really jazzed about seeing it.

    Besides, now that I’ve seen Wreck-It Ralph I feel like I don’t need to see any other movie ever because I’ve already seen the one most specifically custom-tailored to make me love it.

  25. If I see the new publisher for the Niagara Falls Reporter, I’ll be sure to give him a swift kick to the crotch. Wearing Doc Martins. Under custom forged iron boot-covers. Or would that not be manly enough for him?

  26. @Shaenon
    I bet I saw the same bit. Does it have to do with scotch?

  27. @inurashii

    I liked Wreck-It Ralph well enough to see it twice in theaters. The second time was today. It may be even better the second time, because knowing how it plays out, you can pick up on all the bits of foreshadowing strewn throughout the movie.

    I’m just…so…fucking impressed with Disney right now. They’ve set a new bar for themselves in the current Revival period. For plotting, characterization, and worldbuilding. I can’t think of another pure Disney film that goes to such lengths to show us an alternate world and explain the rules that govern it.

  28. I haven’t seen Snow White and the Huntsman, but Mirror Mirror was surprisingly awesome imo. The women are the strong characters with “weaker” male characters (I contest that they are weak characters, but from a power level standpoint they are lower). But part of the point is to not judge by appearances. I was mostly impressed because it kept a fairy tale/ Disney feel while subverting most of the themes of the original Disney Snow White.

    Anyway… this makes me want to see the Snow White and the Huntsman, though I doubt I’ll like it as much as Mirror Mirror. MM also has the benefit of being an excellent movie for my young daughters where SWatH is probably too scary. But if it makes MRAs mad…😀

    Wreck it Ralph was pretty great. I also got a pro-neural a-typical message from the movie which made me happy. Maybe reading too much into it but I don’t care!

    I didn’t super care for Skyfall, but I am not a huge Bond fan. I am too nitpicky for most action movies and Bond ones seem particularly lazy about building a sensical plot.

  29. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

    Whenever I see the word Huntsman I think of the big spider of that name in these parts … not a name to get me into a cinema!😀

  30. I really don’t want to see one of those spiders on the big screen.

  31. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

    I get a fright just seeing a pic of one in a magazine or book!

  32. Arachnophobia 2 – Down Under. Coming soon to a theater near you in 3D with special waterproof seats.

  33. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help


  34. The Stepford Knife

    “I know journalism’s meant to be a dying art and all, but I didn’t realize it was already on its deathbed. I hope his resume at least was better written than that.”

    lauralot89- as Malcolm Tucker once said: “These are tough times for print journalists- I read that on the internet”😉

    No mention of The Bechdel Test yet? Has anyone ever tried to quantify the ratio of films which pass the test to those which don’t? I bet it’s still tiny even in 2012:


  35. Diogenes The Cynic

    @The Stepford

    Skyfall wouldn’t pass the Bechdel test.

    Now, to tangent. I grew up around a bunch of child actors. Here in L.A. it isn’t unusual for people to have parents in the business, or parents pushing them into the business. One thing I noticed was that the girls invariably wanted to become actresses, but boys would sometimes want to be actors, and other times would want to be writers, or directors.

    Looking up people in my yearbook confirms this. A few people went on to act, but more were able to become executive producers, and writers.

    So, why aren’t there more female writers?

  36. Diogenes, you’re begging the question.

    You present anecdata about child actors that you know, and then ask a question as though a dearth of female writers in hollywood is somehow connected to the preferences of children in your life.

    I know a shitload of female writers, and the only screenwriters I know are women. It’s not statistically significant.

  37. But! That said, I am inclined to agree that women are generally encouraged to act, sing, or dance, but writing and production are usually portrayed as “boys’ club” jobs and I’ve heard nightmare stories from prolific women trying to get a leg up in comedy or writing.

    So my personal opinion is that the status is quo-ing the shit out of women early in life.

  38. I’ve been to LA, and I can’t say that I’m surprised that to hear that the social environment there might be set up in such a way that girls feel like acting is more in line with what’s expected of them than writing, much less directing.

  39. Re The Punisher: His entrance was the first comic I ever bought… he was the bad guy in a Spider-man. He was, sort of, an anti-hero at the end.

    But he was also plainly a rip-off of Mack Bolan and, The Destroyer (two series of “flawed heroes” taking on The Mob.)

  40. “Why are women shunted into the ‘look pretty’ jobs while men are shunted into the ‘thinky’ jobs? Gosh, I can’t imagine…”

    Diogenes, you might want to visit The Hathor Legacy – it’s full of industry insiders talking about sexism on both sides of the camera in Hollywood. Here’s their film tag, and here’s their classic post on the Bechdel Test from a screenwriter’s perspective. Have fun!

  41. Diogenes The Cynic


    I don’t see where I used circular logic.
    And, yes the people I grew up with present a limited sample size, I’ll agree.

    Not as bad a problem in Hollywood as the casting couch is. That’s really done. Its pretty shameful.

  42. Diogenes The Cynic


    Interesting website. Not something I could see myself reading often though.

    My brother and I have an ongoing joke about how long it takes any film to have an interracial relationship without mentioning its interracial. Most films wont even go there, even when they’re recent.

    Its almost hilarious except for how sad it is.

  43. http://thehathorlegacy.com/why-discriminate-if-it-doesnt-profit/ This was a great read.

    Which begs the question in my mind, how often can we get non-Hollywood films out there with the net having both Kickstarter and websites that are outside the normal distribution web?

  44. Diogenes The Cynic

    I don’t understand how it can beg the question. There isn’t any circular reasoning anywhere that I can see.

    Anyways, its doable. The Brothers Mcmullan was made for about 30k, similar to the cost of The Blair Witch Project. Making films isn’t as hard as it used to be because there are companies out there that rent equipment. There are websites that ask for daywork for lighting crews, caterers, gaffers, etc., so it isn’t just the actors searching via the web anymore. Independent companies exist today that can do editing, and special effects. They’re not cheap, but its something you can resort to.

    The really hard thing is distribution. Short of making a splash at Cannes, or Sundance, it’ll be difficult to get anybody to want to back distribution, and thats the difference between being in theaters, art house theaters, or going straight to video.

  45. You beg the question because you say that girls want to be actresses, and that women aren’t, predominately producers, directors, etc.

    Then you argue, by implication, this shows some fundamental difference between men and women.

  46. You know, Diogynes, on the atheism thread you just said that you never saw the misogyny in Hitchens’ writing. That’s what happening with this situation too – you don’t see misogyny even when it’s right in front of you and glaringly obvious.

    You should really go spend some time working on that problem.

  47. Cassandra: It’s what makes him such a Naïf: everything is always new to him; every thread is sui generis.

  48. @comics discussion-

    I just found out that they’re going to be running an official MLP:FiM comic series. ZOMG.


    I’m just so happy that we’re finally seeing stories that have conflicts that don’t fall into the “it was the year 3200 and war was beginning” trope. It seems like far too many stories are centered around war and large-scale bloodshed as the main plot (this seems to be a fairly common theme in video games as well). I’d rather see something different. This is why most SRPGs really bug me other than Disgaea, because the story is SO SERIOUS and it’s always about armies killing one another.

    One of the reasons I was such a huge fan of Batman: The Animated Series, as well as a lot of alternative anime (such as Mushishi and Big O), is that the stories they tell are complicated, and give a varied window into the psyche of the characters as well as the way they respond and react to one another. Even though they are more targeted towards male audiences, what I’d rather see is a smart, somewhat meta story that explores a world without trivializing massive casualties.

    Boo. I kind of like comics and manga, but most of them just keep going and going. I like the idea of limitations before the story jumps the shark. Closed story arcs are great with characters, even established ones like Batman or Superman. Because you know, there’s just so many times that Garfield can complain about Mondays and enjoy a lasagna before you say, “well…I’m done.”

  49. RE: dualityheart

    I kind of like comics and manga, but most of them just keep going and going.

    A lot of Osamu Tezuka’s work was fixed in length (Phoenix, Buddha, and Dororo), and he was a master of storytelling. I feel pretty at ease recommending him.

  50. @dualityheart: I like the artwork of Rainbow Dash in that pinup by Andy Price, in particular the shading above the lids used to suggest that her eyes have volume.

    I am also amused by Rarity’s cat’s pose, although most cats I’ve seen frame their rear leg between their forelegs and stretch it out rather than up, but it’s Rarity’s cat. She is refined, even for a cat.

    And the longer I look at Rarity’s needle, the more freaked out I get that they can all manipulate objects without having digits of any kind, let alone thumbs.

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