Gal Gadot on Wonder Woman-UN Backlash: ‘This Is What You’re Protesting, Seriously?’

“They say, ‘If she’s smart and strong, she can’t also be sexy.'”

Last Updated: December 20, 2016 @ 8:10 AM

Gal Gadot is baffled by the complaints about Wonder Woman being a U.N. Ambassador.

“There are so many horrible things that are going on in the world, and this is what you’re protesting, seriously?” Gadot asked rhetorically during a recent interview with Time magazine.

The actress was reacting to pressure on the United Nations not to use Wonder Woman as an ambassador for girls and women. A petition said 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.”

The U.N. folded and dropped Wonder Woman.

“When people argue that Wonder Woman should ‘cover up,’ I don’t quite get it,” Gadot said. “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?”

She also thinks the concept of feminism is shrouded in misunderstanding.

“I think people take it the wrong way when I say I’m a feminist,” she said. “Feminism is not about burning bras and hating men. It’s about gender equality. Whoever is not a feminist is a chauvinist.”

“We need to educate boys, show boys strong women in powerful positions,” Gadot concluded. “It’s all about expanding the possibilities of what women can be. I know I couldn’t do this without my husband.”

“Wonder Woman,” the next film in Warner Bros.’ DC Universe, is scheduled for a June 2, 2017 release and stars Gadot as a woman who leaves an all-woman island to fight in World War I.