It’s hard being a role model for females nowadays. It seems like you have to constantly tread on eggshells to avoid offending the easily offended — who are sadly way too numerous lately. Even if you’re just being you, the danger of not being or living up to some unrealistic or flat-out unhealthy ideal is all too real.
That’s exactly what poor Gal Gadot has experienced ever since she won the role of Wonder Woman. From mean comments about her body type to her nationality, to her character’s supposed lack of substance (not her fault in any way, by the way), Gadot is running a true gauntlet of fire. But still she’s handled it all with class, dignity and a warm sense of humour. If those aren’t positive qualities for young women to look up to, I don’t know what would be.
But her critics certainly aren’t shutting up. In an interview with Time, Gadot revealed her opinion of the current version of “Feminism” that’s all about putting one gender up at the expense of another, and even worse, putting down any female who doesn’t conform to a rather narrow spectrum of what’s “acceptable”.
Gadot made a strong point about there being a fine line between strong and overbearing for her role: “We knew it was tricky. We wanted to find the balance between portraying her as confident and strong and feminine and warm. I didn’t want her to be a ball buster. I didn’t want her to be bossy. You can be powerful and also loving.”
Gadot also hit out at the criticism that the character is sexist by design: “When people argue that Wonder Woman should ‘cover up,’ I don’t quite get it. They say, ‘If she’s smart and strong, she can’t also be sexy.’ That’s not fair. Why can’t she be all of the above?”
That comment is also in reference to a recent controversy where the character of Wonder Woman had her status as a United Nations Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls revoked following a (frankly idiotic) petition. Apparently, people were protesting Wonder Woman being “a large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions” and “the epitome of a ‘pinup’ girl”. WTF, right?
Gadot remained silent until the Time interview, where she made her feelings clear: “There are so many horrible things that are going on in the world, and this is what you’re protesting, seriously?”
She is absolutely right. Who says a strong, intelligent woman cannot also be physically attractive and take delight in her own body? Why is this wrong? Well, it’s not. To deny that aspect of womanhood is to deny oneself on the most basic level as a woman. Nay, as a human being. And that is NOT what Feminism is truly about.
Anyway, here’s some shots of Gadot in the role. I for one, love her portrayal so far, and everything she has said off-screen about the character just cements the fact that she both gets it and genuinely wants to be a positive role model for both boys and girls.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017. It will be the fourth film in the newly-launched DC Cinematic Universe, following 2013’s Man of Steel and this year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. It will be followed in 2017 on November 17 with the highly-anticipated Justice League movie.
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter films, The Theory of Everything), Ewen Bremner (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead).
The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.