White or Nah? Twitter Is Fuming Over People Saying the New Wonder Woman Is a Person of Color

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07:  Actress Gal Gadot poses in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

White or Nah? Twitter Is Fuming Over People Saying the New Wonder Woman Is a Person of Color

Israeli actress Gal Gadot is the subject of new controversy.

PUBLISHED ON : JUNE 6, 2017 / 10:23 AM

With the success of Wonder WomanGal Gadot has become one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. But now, the Israeli actress is the subject of some controversy after the internet has been forced to choose sides on whether or not Gadot, an Ashkenazi Jew of Eastern European descent, is a woman of color or not. 

Many have weighed in on the issue that has seemed to cast an unexpected shadow over a film that has otherwise been cause for celebration, both in Hollywood, and when it comes to the issue of gender equality.

The dialogue began when writer Matthew Mueller at ComicBooks.com argued, "It might come as a shock, but there are people of color in the film, and one of them is in the lead role. Yep, with a quick Google search, it turns out that Gal Gadot is not actually Caucasian, but is in fact Israeli." He later adds, "LOOKING White, doesn't mean you ARE white," and quotes an article from The Times of Israel saying, "conceptualizing Jews as either 'white' or 'just a religion' as many of our detractors are wont to do, helps to perpetuate a culture of antisemitism on the anti-racist left."

While his argument is compelling, it was swiftly met with a retort from Noah Berlatsky, a writer at Forward who said, "The whiteness of 'Wonder Woman' doesn’t seem up for debate. And yet, some have decided to debate it. An argument has been bubbling underground on social media that Gal Gadot, who plays the title role, is actually a person of color." He even gives additional examples of other Jewish actors who are considered white, saying, "Gadot is Jewish and Israeli, but — like the Jewish Scarlett Johansson — Hollywood perceives her in terms of unspecified whiteness."

Many have taken to Twitter to express their opinion on the matter.

Interesting debate on what it means to be perceived as white versus your actual race. However, it should be noted the original Wonder Woman — Lynda Carter — was of Mexican descent. (Her mother was Mexican.) 

See how Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins think the superhero would feel about Black Lives Matter in our exclusive interview, above.

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)


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