CAIRO – 2 June 2017: Hours before screening, the Lebanese interior ministry officially banned THE Wonder Woman movie. The ministry’s order included instructions to ban the film from 15 theatres around Lebanon.
The theater chain Grand Cinemas confirmed the news to customers: "#WonderWoman has been banned in #Lebanon," it tweeted.
This ban comes in response to
from the Campaign to
. The campaign called for banning the film because its lead actress Gal Gadot has served in the Israeli army during 2006 Israel-Lebanon war. Gadot, a former Miss Israel, posed in 2007 for Maxim magazine (a UK-based magazine) spread called “The Chosen Ones: Israeli Defense Forces” celebrating the beautiful women of the Israeli military forces. Furthermore, Gadot expressed support for Israeli forces during the war on the Gaza Strip in summer 2014.
On Thursday, a petition titled
was also circulating around Lebanon. The petition says: “Gal Gadot may be an Israeli, but we want to watch a movie about the amazing character of Wonder Woman whom has been around for 75 years, and not a movie about an Israeli soldier. Wonder Woman is a female superhero, kids and adults love her, she is also an inspiration for women as there are not many superhero movies starring a female hero. That kind of movie should be shared even more instead of banning it. We have Superman and Batman movies, why should we not have a Wonder Woman movie? Because it stars an Israeli actress? Who cares about that? Why make Lebanon look weak and make us look like we can't handle a movie with an Israeli actress, are we that pathetic? We will not stoop down to this level.”