- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For 75 years, Wonder Woman has bested all manner of comic-book villains thrown her way. But now the Amazonian princess has met her match in … bureaucrats at the United Nations?

The international body ended its partnership with DC Comics, distributor of the Wonder Woman comics, less than two months after the character was designated an honorary U.N. ambassador, NBC News reported Monday.

The superhero was unveiled as just the latest fictional character to be receive such a designation during an Oct. 21 ceremony attended by actresses Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, who portrayed the character on TV and the silver screen respectively.

Days before the ceremony, a U.N. official told National Public Radio, “Wonder Woman’s character is the most iconic and well known female comic book superhero in the world, known for her strength, fairness and compassion, and her commitment to justice, peace and equality.”

But from the get-go, feminist detractors, including many U.N. staffers, blasted the choice, with many literally turning their backs to the announcement ceremony.

In October, some U.N. staffers began circulating a petition blasting as offensive the “current iteration” of the Wonder Woman character for being “a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif and knee high boots — the epitome of a ‘pinup’ girl.”

“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,” states the petition, signed by nearly 45,000 people as of Tuesday morning. “Having strong (living, breathing) female role models is a critical aspect of the goal of empowerment of women and girls.”

While the United Nations is no longer a partner in the project, DC Comics told NBC News it plans on moving forward with a special edition of the Wonder Woman comic book in spring 2017 dealing with empowering women and young girls.

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