Wonder Woman's stint as a fictional ambassador for the United Nations has come to an end, less than two months after she became the face of a brand new campaign set to empower women and girls.
The iconic comic book heroine will no longer be presented as a special ambassador for the United Nations beginning Friday, December 16th.
"We decided to end (the campaign) just before the holidays," United Nations Chief of NGO Relations and Advocacy Jeffrey Brez revealed to CTV News. He added that the decision was made in collaboration with DC Comics and Warner Bros. respectively.
The campaign was launched back in October with former and current Wonder Woman actresses Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot on hand for the announcement. The launch was timed to coincide with the character's 75th anniversary.
Despite this, some were critical of the campaign, saying that Wonder Woman's sexualized appearance was ill-suited to a movement meant to empower women and girls. An online petition was even started against the character's involvement in the campaign which would go on to acquire 45,000 signatures. "It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualized image at a time when the headline news in the United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls," the petition's organizers wrote online.
Regardless, Jeffrey Brez called the Wonder Woman campaign a success.
"We definitely reached out to millions of her fans," Brez said. "The messages are very powerful and I think that Wonder Woman's fans appreciated them and responded to them very well."
"Wonder Woman stands for peace, justice and equality, and for 75 years she has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be along after the conclusion of her UN Honorary Ambassadorship," adds Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment's senior VP of publicity and communications.
Many on social media would go on to voice their disappointment with the decision to end Wonder Woman's ties to the United Nations - including comic book artists like Phil Jimenez and Liam Sharp.
This is #WonderWoman, @UN. This is why she's such a wonderful #ambassador. pic.twitter.com/ewEg8msXrF— Phil Jimenez (@Philjimeneznyc) December 13, 2016
The creators of the online petition described the current iteration of Wonder Woman as a "large-breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit… and knee-high boots."Anybody up for starting the 're-instate Wonder Woman as a UN ambassador' petition? Surely we can do better than the 45,000 that ended it?— Liam Sharp (@LiamRSharp) December 13, 2016
If you ask us, we feel these ones are focusing a little too much on the character's looks instead of what she stands for! As the father of a three year old daughter, I feel Wonder Woman is a perfect role model for her to follow. Diana has been around for 75 years and has been standing up for woman's rights since Day #1. She's one of the most iconic heroines in pop culture, one who is known for her strength, fairness and compassion, as well as her commitment to justice, peace and equality.
It's just a shame that some people can't see that.
How do you feel about this, Infinite Earths fans?
Source: CTV News
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