Feminist slams Oppenheimer because 'no women speak until 20 minutes'

Feminist academic slams Oppenheimer ‘because no women speak for first 20 minutes’ of movie

  • Dr Tanya Roth has slammed the recently released Oppenheimer film due to one of the first scenes in the movie involving women being a sex scene 
  • The academic took to Twitter to share her views, which she was widely criticized over 
  • It comes after director Christopher Nolan revealed that these scenes had been vitally important to show the relationships the title character had

A feminist academic has slammed the new Oppenheimer movie after claiming that no women speak until 20 minutes into the movie. 

The film, which explores physicist the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who created the atomic bomb, was released this weekend to rave reviews. 

On Twitter, Dr Tanya Roth criticized the film for it’s lack of female representation within the first twenty minutes. 

On Friday, the expert on woman’s history, said: ‘Fun fact: no women speak until 20 minutes into Oppenheimer and then within a minute there’s a sex scene.’

She also followed this up with: ‘To add to this: no people of color appear for at least 30 minutes, and I believe there are 2 black men in the entire movie.’

The academic tweeted on Friday about her annoyance, but later added it was a beautiful film to watch 

The academic, pictured here, took to Twitter to share her views, which she was widely criticized over 

The film stars Cillian Murphy in the titular role. alongside an ensemble cast include Robert Downey Jr, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon and Florence Pugh.

It also marks the first time director Christopher Nolan has ever included a sex scene in one his films.

Nolan previously told that he was ‘appropriately nervous and appropriately careful’ filming the scenes which involve Pugh and Murphy.

Due to her remarks, Roth was heavily criticized over her comments made on the social platform.

One person tweeted: ‘It must be exhausting to be this miserable.’

Another said: ‘I don’t care if there are any women in it whatsoever.

L to R: Florence Pugh stars Jean Tatlock and Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer in Oppenheimer

 ‘As long as it’s as historically accurate as possible given the medium and interesting/“entertaining”/keeps me engaged.’

One other posted: ‘Anyone who says “fun fact:” is never actually saying anything fun and is always annoying. It’s a historical movie. 

‘Should they have changed history to make it more inclusive for your feelings? That’s the epitome of what’s wrong right now. Do you know what that word means?’

She later tweeted: ‘It’s beautiful to watch, I’ll give it that. But I think the narrative structure is too complex. 

‘Also, there are at least 2 scenes in which you see Florence Pugh topless, one of which is a sex scene.’

Emily Blunt, playing Kitty Oppenheimer, also stars in the film as the husband of the title character

Cillian Murphy is J. Robert Oppenheimer in the recently released film which has received rave reviews

Nolan told Insider, that the intimate scenes played an ‘essential part’ in establishing the relationship between Oppenheimer and Tatlock, whose link to the American Communist Party led to suspicion of Oppenheimer being a Soviet spy.

He said: ‘When you look at Oppenheimer’s life and you look at his story, that aspect of his life, the aspect of his sexuality, his way with women, the charm that he exuded, it’s an essential part of his story.’

In comparison, Roth also tweeted: ‘Fun fact: I clocked 7 min, 35 seconds before a man spoke in Barbie. No sex scenes.’ 

The two films both released this past weekend in what has been dubbed Barbenheimer. 

Thousands of moviegoers are flocking to the theaters to see both Barbie and Oppenheimer – which together could generate $200 million over opening weekend

Barbie took in $22.5 million in Thursday previews while Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer notched $10.5 million in preshow ticket sales. Pictured: Margot Robbie in a scene from Barbie (left) and Cillian Murphy in a scene from Oppenheimer 

Arguably the two most eagerly anticipated movies of the year, the cinematic opposites have been brought together by cross-marketing fate.

The National Association of Theater Owners says some 200,000 moviegoers in North America have booked same-day tickets to each movie. 

Warner Bros. said Friday that Barbie took in $22.5 million in Thursday previews, the best such tally of the year and a clear sign that the film will easily sail past $100 million for the weekend.

Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer notched $10.5 million in preshow ticket sales, and looks to open between $40 million and $60 million.

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