Wonder Woman Out As U.N. Ambassador Over Ridiculous Outcry

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Wonder Woman is out as honorary U.N. ambassador after a outcry over the choice of the character because of her sexy body shape and attire.

It was reported Monday that the comic book character’s role as a symbol of empowerment for woman and girls in 2017 will end this Friday with the United Nations after less than two months after its campaign launch, according to Reuters. (RELATED: Wonder Woman’s Weird Creator)

Actors Gal Gadot (R) and Lynda Carter pose as the UN names the comic character Wonder Woman its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls during a ceremony at the United Nations Economic and Social Council Chamber on October 21, 2016, in New York. Gadot played Wonder Woman in recent films, while Carter portrayed the character on television in the 1970s. The honorary title comes as Wonder Woman turns 75 years old. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

The appointment in October of the female superhero was met with criticism among some people who felt the choice sent the  “wrong message” for feminism. (RELATED: College Issues Checklist On How To Avoid Wearing Offensive Halloween Costumes)

Over 44,000 signed an online petition demanding the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remove the voluptuous character that dresses in tights, thigh high boots and a body suit in patriotic colors.

Actress Lynda Carter speaks during a ceremony as the UN names the comic character Wonder Woman its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls during a ceremony at the United Nations Economic and Social Council Chamber on October 21, 2016, in New York. Carter played Wonder Woman in the 1970s television show. The honorary title comes as Wonder Woman turns 75 years old. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

“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 statement on the petition site read. “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 United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls.”

Actors Gal Gadot (R) and Lynda Carter pose as the UN names the comic character Wonder Woman its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls during a ceremony at the United Nations Economic and Social Council Chamber on October 21, 2016, in New York. Gadot played Wonder Woman in recent films, while Carter portrayed the character on television in the 1970s. The honorary title comes as Wonder Woman turns 75 years old. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

There is no clear reason yet from the global organization as to why the campaign was ending this week. The only comment has come from spokesman Jeffrey Brez who said campaigns using similar cartoon characters often last only a few months.

At the big announcement both Linda Carter, who played the female superhero on the popular TV show, and Gal Gadot, who will play the character in an upcoming DC Comics movie out June 2017, helped launch the campaign.

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“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 long after the conclusion of her UN Honorary Ambassadorship,” Courtney Simmons, DC Entertainment spokeswoman, said of the move.

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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