Suicide Squad Director Responds to Harley Quinn Backlash About Being Over-Sexualized

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David Ayer's Suicide Squad wasn't well-received by both critics and fans, with the major complaint being the depiction of Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. Almost four years since the film was released, Ayer is still under fire for the character being oversexualized in the movie. Though the filmmaker has already apologized about it, Ayer responded to the same criticism once again after people recently coming for him on social media.

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A Twitter used tagged the director in an announcement about Ayer's next project of adapting Harlan Coben's Six Years, asking him if Ayer will "have the women in the movie in super booty shorts" and showing "gratuitous ass and tit shots."

"Why would I do that?" Ayer responded. "I know I'm a man, but I have a good soul and support and believe in feminism. It hurts to be attacked like this. I'm not your enemy." The user then claimed that Ayer did it in Suicide Squad, but pointed out that it's good Ayer has learned from it.

"What have I learned? Should male directors only direct women in coveralls?" the director wrote. "What if an actor wants to depicted as a sexual being? Am I permitted to do that? What are the rules? Help!" You can check out their exchange below:

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While there's no denying that Harley Quinn was catered to the male audiences in the film, the character never shied away from using this to her advantage in the comics. In addition, fans saw another side of Harley in Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey, who wanted the movie to "reject" the male gaze.

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