Gal Gadot Responds To U.N. Wonder Woman Ban: “That’s Not Fair”

Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 04:30 pm GMT -4 by

WONDER WOMAN

Gal Gadot, the big screen Wonder Woman, was on hand in October when the United Nations held a ceremony to honor the female empowerment symbol as an honorary ambassador for gender equality.  But less than two months later, the U.N. has ended this partnership following protests that the character is too provocative.  Gadot, who is headlining a solo ‘Wonder Woman’ movie in 2017 says the protests are unfair and issued the following statement:

“There are so many horrible things that are going on in the world, and this is what you’re protesting, seriously?  When people argue that Wonder Woman should ‘cover up,’ I don’t quite get it…They say, ‘If she’s smart and strong, she can’t also be sexy.’ That’s not fair. Why can’t she be all of the above?”

Wonder Woman isn’t the first fictional character to bear the title of honorary ambassador.  Former recipients include Winnie the Pooh and the Angry Birds, but both only bore the title for limited runs.  (The Angry Birds ambassadorship only lasted for one day.)  It seemed at the time that Wonder Woman was set to headline a campaign for roughly a year, but after protests, that tenure was cut short.

Nearly 45,000 protesters signed a petition which was 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 creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marsten wrote in a 1943 article:

“Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, power.  Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weak ones. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

At any rate, skimpy costume or not, next year, Wonder Woman will headline her own movie and will also appear in the ‘Justice League’ movie.  Will audiences embrace her?

Gadot knows the character is a fine balancing act, stating:

“We knew it was tricky. We wanted to find the balance between portraying her as confident and strong and feminine and warm.  I didn’t want her to be a ball buster. I didn’t want her to be bossy. You can be powerful and also loving.”

‘Wonder Woman’ directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, and Lucy Davis will be released on June 23, 2017.

Directed by Zack Snyder, ‘Justice League’ stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, and J.K. Simmons, with a rumored cameo from Jared Leto. ‘Justice League’ will assemble the masses in theaters on November 17, 2017.

Source: Time

  • Earl Tower

    The problem with making her an ‘ambassador’ character for the UN, is that places her as a global front, but while some one like Wonder Woman can represent the Western Civilization, there are cultures out there that prefer a more traditional approach to their women archetypes. So they are going to object to a western character such as Wonder Woman.

  • Male and female superheros have always been culturally-defined ideals. Culture changes, so do ideals. And right now, our culture defines the perfect woman as strong, smart and sexy.

  • ed

    Well, I didn’t think that making a Wonder Woman movie with a supermodel instead of someone more ‘warrior’-ly and set in WWI wasn’t too fair, either…

    William Marston created Diana to balance the male capes with someone EQUALLY strong and superhero-y that girls reading comics could claim as their own. The psychologist in him saw a need that was already given to boys. And fighting the evil Nazis and Japanese soldiers in WWII battles with her golden lasso alongside Superman and Batman, and her WWII civilian identity alongside Steve Trevor defined her character.

    And now Diana Prince will have a film celebrating her 75th Anniversary with her new canon, her new mythology. Too bad WARNER BROS and DC couldn’t keep to Wonder Woman’s ORIGINAL comicbook roots…