Wonder Woman loses job as United Nations ambassador

Posted December 16, 2016

The Wonder Woman campaign was initially expected to continue through 2017.

"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", the petition read.

Telegraph said Wonder Woman was ousted after 45,000 signatures were gathered online to convince UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review the selection of the famous heroine.

The UN did not provide further details as to why the campaign was ending, but a spokesman, Jeffrey Brez, said campaigns using fictional characters often lasted no longer than a few months.

Rheal LeBlanc, head of press and external relations, said Tuesday the appointment of Wonder Woman as an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls would end this week, a move that comes less than two months after a splashy ceremony at the United Nations, which attracted actresses Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series, and Gal Gadot, who has taken on the role in the forthcoming Wonder Woman film.

The decision to drop the scantily clad, curvaceous comic book superhero within two months of her appointment came after almost 45,000 people signed an online petition in protest at her appointment. Some UN employees also protested her appointment in October.

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UN staff turn backs in protest at Wonder Woman's appointment as ‘Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls
Dennis Van Tine STAR MAX IPx UN staff turn backs in protest at Wonder Woman's appointment as ‘Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

"Real life women can and should hold roles for female empowerment and equality for the UN". "The objective was to reach out to Wonder Woman's fans, and I think we did a great job of that".

We're talking about the fictional superhero character who was named an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls back in October.

Wonder Woman, who was created 75 years ago, will be portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot in an upcoming live-action film (which has faced its own controversy of the anti-Semitic nature).

As Nelson mentioned in her remarks at the United Nations ceremony, DC and Warner Bros. were planning for the campaign and various initiatives supporting the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 to run into 2017.

In the past, the United Nations has tapped Disney's Tinker Bell to be its ambassador of green, and Winnie the Pooh as its ambassador of friendship.