LA Sparks channel Beyoncé in response to social media sexism

Women are capable of much more than just preparing snacks to watch a sporting event. So when one Twitter user decided to tell members of the 2016 WNBA Champion Los Angeles Sparks to get off the basketball court and go back into the kitchen, the team served up a slam-dunk response to shut down the social media sexism.

According to HuffPost, the team received several sexist tweets, one of which urged them to “go back to the kitchen bc this isn’t a sport and nobody cares” while another read, “Exterminate all women.” With such harsh words sent their way, HuffPost says the team responded with some inspiration from the queen of slayage herself: Beyoncé.

Creating their own music video of “Sorry,” the Sparks dressed to the nines — and showed off their championship rings — as the kiss-off anthem plays in the background and sexist tweets line the frame, all as they lip-sync the words, “I ain’t sorry.” While the full video was posted to Twitter, HuffPost says it was later removed.

Even though its time online was short-lived, you can watch a one-minute clip from the Sparks’ comeback video here.

‘Mulan’ remake scores female director

What a revolutionary concept: a film with a strong female character is going to be directed by a female director.

According to GlamourThe Hollywood Reporter revealed on Feb. 14 that the live-action remake of Disney’s classic Mulan will be directed by Niki Caro, who beat out Asian directors Ang Lee and Jiang Wen for the job. Hong Kong-based Bill Kong will take up the role of executive producer on the film, says Glamour. 

Caro, who earned two Oscar nominations for her 2005 film North Country, is also making a bit of history by sitting in the director’s chair for the remake: Glamour reports that she will become the second female in history (after Ava DuVernay) to direct a film with a budget of $100 million or more.

The Hollywood Reporter also laid to rest early speculation that the film would star white characters — even a potential white male lead — by sharing that the studio is “focusing its casting search in mainland China for the main roles, including the legendary woman warrior herself.”