Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Cassie Jaye, joined Glenn Beck on Wednesday to discuss how she began to question her own long-held feminist beliefs as she researched her 2017 documentary, “The Red Pill.”
Jaye explained that she originally set out to make a documentary about “rape culture,” a topic she now considers to be a “fear-mongering kind of myth” associated with fourth-wave feminism. According to the feminist community, activists within the Men’s Rights Movement were to blame for the rape culture.
“I was fascinated by this Men’s Rights Movement. I had never heard of it before,” Jaye said. “So, I started to think, all right, I’m going to be the first filmmaker to go into the belly of the beast and interview the enemy: men’s rights activists.”
Jaye said her previous work, which was about women’s rights and gender politics, had always been well received and supported by the feminist community. But after “The Red Pill” was released, everything changed.
“My reputation has been smeared. I’ve had my name printed along side white supremacists. The SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) now says that I’m a feminist-turned-men’s-rights-activist that was funded by male supremacists, which none of that is true,” Jaye said.
“You make this one film about men, and you have tried to do an honest telling of it, and everybody turns on you. How did that happen?” Glenn asked.
“It was an honest exploration of these issues. I followed my personal journey starting out as a very staunch feminist,” Jaye explained. “The film ‘The Red Pill’ is very gentle. It’s not a propaganda piece. It’s not a Michael Moore approach. It’s not trying to tell you what to think or how to think. It’s really just exploring all these different perspectives, and letting the audience make their own opinion.”
Watch the video clip at the top of the page the catch the conversation.
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