Wonder Woman has been scrapped from her post as an honorary United Nations ambassador after being criticised for being an unsuitable role model for women and girls.
The comic book heroine was named the UN’s Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls only two months ago in a venture that was controversial from its inception.
Despite the superhero’s premature firing – it was believed the comic book character would be used in the campaign into 2017 – a spokesperson for the UN denied she was being fired and that the partnership has come to its natural end.
“It’s ending because it’s ending. And it was always meant to end,” UN spokesperson Jeffrey A. Brez told The Associated Press.
“The objective was to reach out to Wonder Woman’s fans and I think we did a great job of that,” he added.
Upon being announced as an ambassador in October, a campaign spearheaded by UN staffers themselves challenged the appointment. Many argued the inherent sexiness associated with her character was at odds with the UN’s work to combat the sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls worldwide.
Additionally, nearly 45,000 people signed an online petition asking UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to reconsider Wonder Woman’s appointment.
“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 petition read.
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