Lynda Carter to James Cameron: 'Stop dissing Wonder Woman, you poor soul'
Former TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter has stepped up to defend current big screen Wonder Woman Gal Gadot from criticism by “Terminator” director James Cameron.
Cameron has complained that this summer’s hit “Wonder Woman” film failed to empower women the way he feels his films have, suggested it was a “step backward” for women in Hollywood.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter this week, Cameron reiterated that concern and called Gadot’s take on the character an “objectified icon.”
"I mean, she was Miss Israel and she was wearing a kind of bustier costume that was very form-fitting,” Cameron said. “She's absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. To me, that's not breaking ground. They had Raquel Welch doing stuff like that in the 60s."
In the past, he has contrasted that image of female power to Sarah Connor, the character played by Linda Hamilton in his Terminator films.
“[Hamilton] earned the respect of the audience through pure grit,” he told the Guardian in August.
“Wonder Woman” director Patti Jenkins fired back at that remark on Twitter at the time, saying, "There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman."
Carter, who played the character on CBS from 1975 to 1979, weighed in following Cameron’s latest comments.
“Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women--we are more than the sum of our parts. Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill advised,” she wrote on Facebook. "This movie was spot on. Gal Gadot was great."
“STOP IT,” she urged Cameron.