From her comic book inception to her big-screen debut, Wonder Woman has faced many criticisms, and now, Wonder Woman‘s leading actress Gal Gadot herself has faced many of these when she stepped into the role. First it was questioning whether Gadot had the physical appearance best suited for the hero and now people are picking about Wonder Woman’s outfit.
Last year, Wonder Woman was named an honorary United Nations ambassador for women and girls. This shows that generally, the hero is seen as a strong female role model. Now, critics are pointing out that the hero’s outfit is not deemed appropriate and conveys the wrong message to the general public, thus making her ultimately unfeminist.
Gadot addresses this, saying:
I think as a feminist, you should be able to wear whatever you like! In any case, there is such a misunderstanding of the concept. Feminism is about equality and choice and freedom. And the writers, Patty and myself all figured that the best way to show that is to show Diana as having no awareness of social roles. She has no gender boundaries. To her, everyone is equal. We have seen so many male-driven stories, so the more strong, female narratives we have, the better. […] I’m sure the movie will inspire girls, but you can’t empower women without empowering men, too. I hope Wonder Woman will be an icon for them, too.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot in the titular role, also featuring Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Lisa Loven Kongsli and David Thewlis.
The movie arrives into theaters on June 2, 2017.
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