Lebanon Officially Bans ‘Wonder Woman’ Because Of Israeli Star
Lebanon has officially banned “Wonder Woman” from showing at any movie theater in the country just hours before it was scheduled to premiere.
A group called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel was leading the effort to ban the super hero movie on the basis that the lead actress, Gal Gadot, is Israeli. On Wednesday it seems that the group’s effort succeeded just before the female-focused film was set to hit theaters, the Los Angeles Times reports. (SLIDESHOW: The Hottest Women Of The Israeli Defense Force)
News of a potential ban of the so far highly-acclaimed film has been circulating all week, but the official ban announcement was announced on social media Wednesday by Lebanon’s Grand Cinemas.
Lebanon and Israel are not the friendliest of neighboring countries in the Middle East. Their longstanding feud has resulted in similar bans before. Lebanon even has an official law that encourages its citizens to boycott Israeli products.
The Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel’s main issue with “Wonder Woman” was with Gadot and the fact that she served on the Israeli Defense Force. The group complained that because of her, the movie was against Lebanese law, adding that the actress “boasted about her army training for Hollywood.”
Some of Gadot’s previous films didn’t incite the same reaction from Lebanese groups. “Batman v Superman” was a huge success at the box office in Lebanon just last year and her previous films for the “Fast and the Furious” went off without a hitch.
Unfortunately for the Lebanese looking forward to it, they’ll never get to see the Israeli beauty star as “Wonder Woman” on the big screen.