Wonder Woman's tenure as United Nations ambassador comes to an end

Wonder Woman's tenure as United Nations ambassador comes to an end

Wonder Woman was appointed as an honorary ambassador of the United Nations barely two months ago supposedly to help in the campaign for women in 2017.

'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.

The superhero's appointment sparked enough controversy to lead people to create an online petition to have United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon reconsider the decision.

The UN did not provide further details as to why the campaign was ending, but a spokesman, Jeffrey Brez, said campaigns using fictional characters often lasted no longer than a few months.

The appointment was tone deaf at a time when real women are fighting against sexual exploitation and abuse, and that there were plenty of real heroines that could be the face for gender equality, critics said.

Jeffrey Brez, a spokesperson for the United Nations, said that Wonder Woman's stint as an honorary ambassador will end on Friday, but did not confirm why.

Her tenure looked uncertain even on the day of her appointment in October when dozens of UN employees protested against it at the UN Headquarters in NY.

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Almost 100 demonstrators turned out during the October ceremony where Wonder Woman was named an ambassador in order to protest the decision.

Release next year of a special-edition Wonder Woman comic book on the empowerment of women and girls, announced in October, is still planned, said Simmons.

DC Entertainment - which publishes DC Comics - said Wonder Woman brought had brought exposure to the UN's goal of achieving gender equality by 2030 "as well as elevating the global conversation around the empowerment of women and girls".

For many, Wonder Woman is a symbol of female empowerment.

Wonder Woman, who was created 75 years ago, will be portrayed by Israeli actress Gal Gadot in an upcoming live-action film (which has faced its own controversy of the anti-Semitic nature).

The campaign was meant to extend into 2017, with DC Comics producing a special Wonder Woman comic that supported it. The U.N. previously tapped Winnie the Pooh to be an honorary Ambassador of Friendship in 1998 and Tinker Bell as the honorary Ambassador of Green in 2009.

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