The Curmudgeon wouldn’t have believed it if he hadn’t read it with his own two very, very, very near-sighted eyes:
The United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman’s 75th birthday on Friday by naming the comic book character as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls, despite frustration from both inside and outside the world organization that the spot should go to a real – and less sexualized – woman.
While finding it hard to imagine Wonder Woman as an ambassador without envisioning Lynda Carter’s impressive décolletage preceding her entry into any room, The Curmudgeon read on:
The carefully choreographed ceremony was marred by some 50 U.N. staffers protesting by the visitors’ entrance to the U.N., who then went inside the Economic and Social Council chamber and silently turned their back to the stage during the opening speech, some with their fists in the air.
U.N. staffer Cass DuRant, who held a sign saying “Real Women Deserve a Real Ambassador,” said the protesters “don’t think that a fictitious comic book characters wearing basically what looks like a Playboy-type bunny outfit is really the right message we need to send to girls or even boys for that matter.”
The super heroine’s image will be used by the U.N. on social media platforms to promote women’s empowerment, including on gender-based violence and the fuller participation of women in public life (using the hashtag WithWonderWoman). The push, hoping to reach young people, is backed by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., which produce both comics and films featuring Wonder Woman.
So all the great brains from all the great countries got together in New York City and the best way they could think of to “promote women’s empowerment” was to make official use of a silly comic book character.