To celebrate the character’s 75th birthday, Wonder Woman was named an ambassador to the United Nations to fight for women’s rights. Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, both of whom have played the female character, were on board with the move, with Lynda stating that Wonder woman empowered women and girls around the world.
The event however erupted into a controversy, after some United Nations employees decided to protest the move.
Here’s a video from the associated press covering the protests:
Bleeding cool reports that the protests were organized by a Feminist group calling themselves “Concerned United Nation staff members”.
The groups posted a a petition, calling for the UN to reconsider the choice of Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls.
The petition accused Wonder Woman of “having big breasts of impossible proportions”:
“Wonder Woman was created 75 years ago. 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 with an American flag motif and knee high boots –the epitome of a “pin-up” girl. This is the character that the United Nations has decided to represent a globally important issue – that of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. It appears that this character will be promoted as the face of sustainable development goal 5 for the United Nations at large.”
The petition goes further to accuse Wonder Woman of not being culturally sensitive and encompassing:
“At a time when issues such as gender parity in senior roles and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls is at the top of the United Nation’s agenda, including the “He for She” campaign, this appointment is more than surprising. It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls. The image that Wonder Woman projects (life-size cut outs of which have already appeared at UNHQ) is not culturally encompassing or sensitive –attributes the United Nations expects all its staff members to embody in the core value of respect for diversity.”
The petition currently has 1,679 supporters at the time of this writing.
The United Nations is yet to respond.