Hi! I've seen you post a lot of wonder women stuff and wanted to know if you have any opinion on supporting the movie vs not because of gal gadot's stance towards israel? I've seen a few posts talking about how it's harmful that she is a zionist but I am not a Palestinian or Israeli and dont know how to feel about the movie. I very much want to support a female superhero movie and a female director, but at the same time dont want to support an actress with harmful views
So a little background: Gal Gadot is an Israeli citizen. Israel has a mandatory two year army service with their national army the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). Gadot did serve that army service. What the source of most people’s discomfort with her was an instagram post she made during the peak of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. She posted a photo for Shabbat including the hashtags “We are right” and “Love IDF”. There was substantial backlash to the photo and the hashtags though as far as I know Gadot never addressed it.
There are lots of reasons to boycott movies. You could boycott the movie because it’s American and the U.S. is doing an incredible amount of things to destabilize the safety of the world right now, you could boycott it because you are vehemently opposed to Gal Gadot and what she said about Gaza. You could not watch it because you don’t like the way Gadot looks in boots. It’s a personal choice, and it’s up to you, I don’t care if people don’t see a movie for whatever reason. You don’t owe anyone your dollars. On the flip side it doesn’t make you a bad person to watch the movie either.
Everyone has their own line and for me, unless the movie has a major creative force (director/producer/main actors) that I know are violent criminals (think Polanski, Nate Parker, David O. Russell, Woody Allen and Mel Gibson) if I’m interested I’m going to see it. I’ve also given up arguing with people who go to see these movies. I don’t agree with them but some people believe in a separation of art/artist and that’s fine too. And even my hardline doesn’t satisfy everyone. Movies that I have watched in the recent past that people have sent me nasty messages for seeing include but are not limited to: Zero Dark Thirty, Zero Motivation, Suffragette and Everything, Everything. I get negative messages when I post about Detroit, I get negative messages when I post about Wonder Woman. For some people that’s their line and that’s okay.
It does sound in your comment like you do want to see it so here are three things to make you feel better in case you do: 1) there is no movie that exists that is made by perfect people and you buying a ticket to see a movie does not mean you are endorsing everything everyone in the movie has ever done 2) your ticket is a drop in the bucket either way in terms of box office 3) if the movie flops no one will attribute it to a post Gal Gadot made three years ago they’ll think women can’t open movies.