Wonder Woman will cease to be the United Nations’ honorary ambassador just two months after the comic book character was appointed to the post.
As many as 45,000 people had signed an online petition asking UN Secretary General Ban-ki-moon to reconsider the decision. Even employees of the UN protested against the appointment, on the day it happened.
“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,” the petition read.
Social media had a mixed response. While some were relieved by the decision, others were upset that the decision was premised on what the character is wearing, instead of what she represents.
Here are a few reactions:
So basically they wanted Wonder Woman removed because she isn't covering all of her skin and isn't their ideal body shape…tad backwards.
— Eobard Thawne (@darththawne) December 13, 2016
Whoever signed that petition to get Wonder Woman removed. YOU ARE part of the problem why we as a society can't move forward.
— diana (@ohmyaffleck) December 13, 2016
— Louise (@loucifreud) December 13, 2016
Just for reference, here is the actual "current iteration" of Wonder Woman that "sends the wrong message" according to members of the UN. pic.twitter.com/SzPI5i5Fct
— Andrew Dyce (@andrewbdyce) December 13, 2016
So what do you think? Does Wonder Woman convey the wrong message, or is she in fact a symbol for gender equality?