Wonder Woman has been defeated and her opponents didn’t even have to wrap her with her own magic lasso. Less than two months after the United Nations appointed the fictional DC Comics hero as an honorary ambassador for gender equality as part of an initiative to help inspire women and girls around the world, particularly in underdeveloped countries and push for changes in unfair practices in the areas of educations, sex trafficking, pay and more, they have decided to rescind her title.
Nearly 45,000 protesters signed a petition submitted to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stating:
“Although the original creators may have intended Wonder Woman to represent a strong and independent ‘warrior’ woman with a feminist message, the reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions.”
The U.N. declared October 21, 2017 Wonder Woman Day at a ceremony attended by DC Entertainment’s Diane Nelson and two actresses that have portrayed her, Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot. At the time, it seemed as though Wonder Woman’s tenure as an honorary ambassador would last for roughly a year as part of her 75th-anniversary celebration.
United Nations spokesperson Jeffrey Brez pointed out that campaigns using fictional characters rarely last longer than a few months, citing the appointment of the Angry Birds as ambassadors for climate change only lasted for one day in March.
DC Entertainment’s Courtney Simmons stated:
“Wonder Woman stands for peace, justice and equality, and for 75 years she has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be long after the conclusion of her UN Honorary Ambassadorship.”
A special edition Wonder Woman comic book about empowering women and girls announced in October is still planned for released.
With or without the ambassadorship, 2017 may be Wonder Woman’s highest profile year ever, with Patty Jenkins’ live action movie starring Gal Gadot arriving on June 23, to be followed by Gadot’s return to the role in the fall in Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’.
It takes a lot more than losing an endorsement to defeat the world’s mightiest super heroine!