Israeli actress Gal Gadot is currently enjoying her time in the spotlight as the much beloved comic book character turned rebooted movie heroine Wonder Woman. While fans across the globe are looking forward to her standalone movie since her first appearance in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, not everyone seems to appreciate Gadot’s appearance.
Wonder Woman was given an honorary ambassadorship in October for the Empowerment of Women and Girls by the United Nations. Both Gal Gadot, and former Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter were there for the ceremony. While many were pleased with the decision, some were not.
Some UN employees staged a “silent protest” against Wonder Woman’s ambassadorship, saying that that she was both too sexy, and too Americanized, and described as a “a large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions.” One woman at the U.N. reportedly said it was akin to “pop-culture imperialism.”
Soaked as the UN is with social justice adherents, a petition was made that gathered around 44,000 signatures, and soon the UN was giving Wonder Woman the boot as ambassador.
This, however, did not sit well with Gal Gadot, who thought the whole objection childish seeing as how women are facing untold persecution and abuse in parts of the world that are currently lacking a respectable amount of protest from the same people who find Wonder Woman a pop-culture imperialist.
“There are so many horrible things that are going on in the world, and this is what you’re protesting, seriously?” she said in a statement.
“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?”
Gadot does not hold to the idea that women cannot be beautiful and sexy, while also being strong and smart. In an interview where she responded to comments about her looks, saying that both women and men don’t have to fit into stereotypical boxes.
“You can be beautiful and sexy and smart and successful and confident but still you can be vulnerable,” says Gadot
Gadot has come under attack in the past from social justice warriors for her background as an Israeli national, an Israeli Defense Force veteran, and a denouncer of Hamas.