The UN has named Wonder Woman as an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls – but not everyone is happy with the decision.
In a ceremony at the United Nations Economic and Social Council Chamber on Oct. 21, 2016, attended by Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, who both played Wonder Woman in separate films, the U.N. appointed the character as Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
However, the U.N. suffers backlash following the appointment of the comic book character as an ambassador. An online petition has immersed that Wonder Woman is not fit to be an ambassador citing the character’s physique as “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”.
It has been a controversy since the United Nations appointed “Wonder Woman” as an ambassador. The petition reiterates that “the United Nations was unable to find a real life woman that would be able to champion the rights of ALL women on the issue of gender equality and the fight for their empowerment.”
They added that “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 the United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls.”