Less than two months ago, Wonder Woman was given the esteemed honor of becoming an ambassador to the United Nations. Then, just a few days ago, she was officially removed from her position as ambassador. Now, actress Gal Gadot, who portrays the fictional heroine in the upcoming “Wonder Woman” film, has shared her thoughts on the controversy.
Speaking with TIME, Gadot said, “There are so many horrible things that are going on in the world, and this is what you’re protesting, seriously?” The protesting came before, during, and after Wonder Woman’s ceremony, which claimed that “a large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee-high boots,” was an inappropriate role model for young women.
Gadot also said that “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?” It’s sad that a character with such a rich history of heroism and justice would be narrowed down to just her looks.
Wonder Woman’s ambassadorship lasted a mere 57 days, from October 21 to December 16. While the end of her term came as an abrupt shock to her supporters, the UN commented earlier this week that it would always end in December.
Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, the live-action “Wonder Woman” film will open in theaters on June 2, 2017.
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