James Cameron, director of Titanic, Avatar, and the numerous upcoming collection of Avatar sequels, can't stop questioning Wonder Woman's success. In an interview with The Guardian last month he said, "She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing!" Cameron doubled down on his Wonder Woman critique in a recent Hollywood Reporter interview, in which he spoke about lead actress Gal Gadot, saying, "I mean, she was Miss Israel, and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting. She’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that’s not breaking ground. They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the '60s."
Lynda Carter, aka TV's Wonder Woman, has had enough.
"To James Cameron -STOP dissing WW: You poor soul," Carter wrote in a Facebook post. "Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women--we are more than the sum of our parts. Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill-advised. This movie was spot on. Gal Gadot was great. I know, Mr. Cameron--because I have embodied this character for more than 40 years. So--STOP IT."
Carter isn't the first woman to call Cameron out. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins took to Twitter last month to lay out exactly what the Alien director was missing about her film. "...if women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we," Jenkins wrote. "I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING, just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose and judge their own icons of progress."
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