Zack Snyder has released a new photo of Wonder Woman in Justice League, amidst controversy over her appointment as an Honorary Ambassador.
It’s been a busy day for the Amazonian princess who was inducted today as an Honorary Ambassador at the United Nations for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Lynda Carter who played the 70’s television incarnation of Wonder Woman and Gal Gadot, currently playing the film adaptation, showed up to speak about the induction and discuss gender equality. But not everyone agreed with this decision considering Wonder Woman is a fictional character and some feel she is too sexualized. Around 50 U.N. staff members turned their back to the ceremony today and 1100 staffers signed an online petition requesting Secretary General Ban Ki-moon change his decision. Former U.N. employee Shazia Z. Rafi said in a statement, “I think it’s a lot of rubbish that you can appoint a cartoon female to represent gender equality in this day and age, even if it is to reach younger women. I’m not against cartoons. I think cartoons have a value. But that is not the issue.” While I understand the sentiment, the protest doesn’t make much sense to me considering Honorary Ambassadors are not like Goodwill Ambassadors and Honorary Ambassadors are usually fictional characters. Look no further than Tinker Bell in 2009 who became an Honorary Ambassador of Green.
If this current issue sounds familiar it may be because a slightly similar situation occurred in the Justice League: War animated movie. Wonder Woman was visiting the White House to speak with the president and hundreds of protesters showed up denouncing her; until she saved their lives of course.