Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Is "Wonder Woman" Casting a "Slap in the Face" to Palestinian Women?


... and is that worse than a hockey stick to the body?

But I digress ...

When Israeli actress, Gal Gadot, was chosen for the role of DC Justice League member, Wonder Woman, many declared that they would not watch a movie starring someone who bravely and proudly served in the Israel Defense Forces (as is mandatory):

The comments come in response to Gadot’s military service, where she spent a mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Force. Gadot has been vocally supportive of the Israeli military since her service and has been criticized frequently for it. 

It is lost on Miss Gadot why she should feel compelled to defend her country from people who have no idea what it is like to live in one of the most contested pieces of real estate on the globe.

She shouldn't have to.

But I digress once more ...

Since the half-literate tweets decrying what Miss Gadot correctly pointed out were "... horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children...", the film, "Wonder Woman", has been a tremendous success.

No matter how much the fat and hairy crowd complain, the box office has spoken.

But the not-so-silent minority won't shut up yet:

Wonder Woman, however, seems to have created controversy over and over completely by accident. The latest bit seems to be from a Pakistani writer who believes that the character being played by Gal Gadot is apparently a massive affront to all that is good and decent in the world.
As a person, Gadot  supported the acts of a military responsible for the  brutal murder of hundreds of innocent civilians. This lady is now being presented as the role model for female empowerment and liberation. That, in essence, is flawed. A person who has such utter disregard for the suffering of humans cannot possibly be the face of a superhero that fights for justice and equality. It is a slap on the face of  Palestinian girls in Gaza who are being told that those who support their oppression and murder can, in fact and virtue, be the harbinger for female liberty.
What is most ironic in this situation, I think, is that when the children in Gaza endured what they went through in 2014, they must have been hoping for a miracle. In the world of comic books and superhero movies, the miracle often arrives in the form of a superhero there to allay the fears of the many and give them hope for a better tomorrow. Well, it seems that there is hope for many and justice for a few, just not for the Palestinians, if you please.

Oh, this again ...

One could point out to the article-writer, Malik Ahmed Khan, that Gal Gadot did no such thing and that the real reason why this insufferable nagging hack is upset is that a Jew has the utmost gall to protect her country and never apologise for it.

One could even go further and point out how Palestinian and Pakistani men literally slap women in the face all the time. A depiction of a fantastically strong woman on screen must offend and frighten them. Imagine these slapped feminine faces fighting back.

But again, I digress ...

Never let a good crisis go to waste, as they say.

Perhaps one could re-phrase it thusly: "Never let an opportunity to display one's grotesque misogyny and anti-semitism go to waste."

Mr. Khan certainly didn't.

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