Wonder Woman banned in Lebanon over Israeli lead Gal Gadot
Lebanon has banned Wonder Woman because due to the lead, Gal Gadot, being Israeli.
A six-member Ministry of Economy committee placed the Wonder Woman ban approximately two hours before its debut in Lebanon and after the regular censorship procedures, according to reports.
The country is at war with Israel and has introduced laws boycotting Israeli products and forbidding Lebanese citizens from travelling or having contact with Israeli citizens.
The ban was announced on the official Twitter feed of Lebanon’s Grand Cinemas chain, alongside other sources confirming the news. The group Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon have applauded the ministry’s call for the ban, having launched a campaign against the film themselves due to the fact Gadot served in the Israeli army and publicly supported Israeli forces as the country led a military offensive against Gaza.
Famous Lebanese blogger Elie Fares has given her opinion on the matter, saying: “Resist what? A movie about an iconic superhero who’s been part of pop culture for over 70 years.
“A movie in which the lead actress happens to be Israeli or has served in the IDF or who is part of an apartheid state, but who’s not portraying ANYTHING related to her ‘country’ in any way whatsoever.
“You’d think if they want their ban to make the least of sense, they’d have done it a year ago when the movie’s first trailer was released, not in the week of its release after it’s been given a green light, handling massive financial losses to the Lebanese company that won its distribution rights.”
“What’s next, though? Banning every single movie that dares to be associated in any way with Israel? Banning every actor or actress who’s set foot in Israel? Deciding not to show any feature film that has any entity that remotely agrees with anything Israel does?”