Tunisia Bans “Wonder Woman” Over Gadot’s Background
Despite the movie’s spectacular opening weekend across the globe, Wonder Woman is facing opposition in select countries. According to Deadline, Tunisia has joined Lebanon in banning the movie after citing problems with the movie’s lead actress, Gal Gadot. The Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers filed a lawsuit to halt the release of Wonder Woman on the grounds that Gadot had previously made statements praising Isreali military actions in Gaza. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the actress had served as a combat instructor for Isreal’s military in her early 20s. Gadot’s position as a “champion Zionist” (as per the Tunisian Asso. of Young Lawyers) has given some citizens in the African nation reason to resist the release of her blockbuster movie, despite rave reviews from other parts of the world.
Their Complaint, Her Big Break
Gadot believes her background in the military is partially responsible for her major breakout role in acting, Gisele from Fast & Furious because they liked the experience it gave her. She told Curt Schleier in an interview with Foward.com: “I think the main reason was that the director Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons.”
Algeria halted the movie from being shown at a festival celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, though there had not been an official comment made about whether Gal Gadot and her background are the cause. The statement released by the MD Cine head of press Amine Idjer, co-organizer of the festival, claimed the film was pulled because of “administrative issues linked to exhibition rights.” Since the halted showing, a petition to ban the film from showing at all in Algeria called “Non! Pas en Algeria!” (“No! Not in Algeria!”). It remains to be seen if Algeria will follow Lebanon and Tunisia in a full ban of the film.
If no opposition arises, Wonder Woman will be opening this week in Morocco, Egypt, and the Arab Emirates.