On June 2, the Forward published a piece by Noah Berlatsky entitled, “Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Is White — Let’s Not Pretend Otherwise.” Below, Chloé Valdary responds to the article.
I finally read the stupid piece and can confirm its pretty stupid. Like if this piece was a box of fries it would be labeled extra salty. To cut to the chase: We all love the movie because it speaks to virtues deep within us all that have nothing to do with skin color or notions of privilege or whatever other word this author felt like repeating just to sound like Judith Butler. No, wonder woman did not have a message that “hurt people of color.” All the black women, myself included, who sat and watched Wonder Woman destroy German soldiers in WWI were not sitting in the theater fixated and insecure about the fact that Wonder Woman has white skin. We were cheering her on, as human beings do for other human beings that they see themselves and their potential in. To suggest otherwise is patronizing stupidity to the dumbest degree. Plus the author actually had the nerve to complain about Gal Gadot playing a role that wasn’t Jewish aka wasn’t who she actually is aka what we call the definition of what it means to be an actress. Im done, I cannot with this foolishness. Wonder Woman is the best film of the summer, go see it.
Chloé Simone Valdary is Director of Partnerships and Outreach at Jerusalem U, a digital media company based in Jerusalem.
‘Wonder Woman’ Hurts People Of Color? That’s ‘Patronizing Stupidity’