The United Nations has scrapped Wonder Woman as its honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls after two months in the role, following criticism that the choice sent the wrong message.
A spokeswoman for DC Entertainment, publisher of DC Comics, told NBC News that the company was "extremely pleased" with the campaign, adding: "Wonder Woman stands for peace, justice and equality, and for 75 years she has been a motivating force for many and will continue to be long after the conclusion of her United Nations honorary ambassadorship". The petition urged UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon to reconsider the appointment of the character.
In the meantime, it looks like 2017 is going to be a better year for Wonder Woman (lest we forget that upcoming blockbuster summer debut).
Wonder Woman's battle for equality for women and girls at the United Nations has come to an untimely end.
Wonder Woman, a DC Comics Inc. heroine, first appeared in 1941, fighting villains, rescuing victims and unearthing evil plots.
Dozens of United Nations employees protested at its headquarters on the day of the appointment, when a president of DC Entertainment Diane Nelson said the Wonder Woman campaign would feature various initiatives "over the course of the next year".
In October, the Amazonian woman with the golden Lasso of Truth was granted an "honorary ambassador" role, which is reserved for fictional characters championing particular causes.
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.
Ms. Simmons said the release next year of a special-edition Wonder Woman comic book on the empowerment of women and girls, announced in October, was still planned.
The UN now officially announced that Wonder Woman's stint ends Friday of this week.Wonder Woman was meant to appeal to a younger audience to drive the message of the importance of women empowerment and gender equality.
Actresses Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, who've both played the role of Wonder Woman on TV and film, were in attendance and many young girls showed up to the event dressed as the iconic superhero, according to NBC.
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