It seems that there is one less woman in politics. Wonder Woman, DC’s leading lady, was chosen two months ago to be an honorary ambassador to the United Nations. Her character was to lead a promotional campaign that focused on gender equality.
Sure, this means the ambassadorship is fictional, but protests have forced the Amazonian princess to step down from this role as reported by Reuters:
“Wonder Woman’s tenure as a United Nations honorary ambassador will come to an abrupt end on Friday, less than two months after the appointment of the comic book character sparked outcries of protest.
“Nearly 45,000 people signed an online petition asking the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to reconsider.
“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, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit,” the petition read.
The idea that she is overly sexualized and sending the wrong message to people everywhere is what caused the online disarray. While most of comic book readers and fans might disagree with what backed-up the petition, if seen from an outsider’s perspective, Wonder Woman is basically an attractive female wearing a bikini. Of course, we know there is way more to the character just as spokeswoman for DC Entertainment, Courtney Simmons, put it:
“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.”
The UN’s global exposure to the character when choosing her as ambassador also led to a special-edition Wonder Woman comic book announcement back in October. Simmons also said a comic on the empowerment of women and girls is still planned to be released sometime next year.
Although it is unfortunate that Wonder Woman will no longer fill a political role, fans can still expect to see her on June 2, 2017 headlining her own movie.
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