December 13, 2016


Wonder Woman Dropped as UN Ambassador Following Protests

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After Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election, this country continues to show just how misogynist its views truly are. Wonder Woman was dropped from her position as United Nations honorary ambassador, just two months after she was chosen to represent for gender equality, Reuters reports. Her campaign will officially end this week.

The announcement follows protests and an online petition that asked UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to reconsider the superhero due to her "overtly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls."

Cue the eye rolls.

The petition, which almost met its goal of 45,000 signatures, continues to dig itself deep in an archaic and problematic mentality:

"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."

UN employees also protested at UN headquarters during the appointment in October, which was helmed by Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment. While there is no explanation for the decision, spokesman Jeffrey Brez states campaigns using fictional characters often lasted no longer than a few months. At this point, don't be surprised to see petitions of the upcoming and very badass DC Wonder Woman movie pop up.

Below, listen to the Back of the Class podcast guys discuss the second Wonder Woman trailer at the 42:40 mark: