The early buzz on Wonder Woman continues to be extremely positive and that’s something everyone can be excited about. Well, almost everyone. It seems Lebanon’s Ministry of Economy is bristling at the upcoming superhero flick for what is literally one of the oldest reasons in the book: Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is Israeli.
Officially, Lebanon is at war with Israel, and there’s an old law that bans Israeli products from being sold in Lebanon and even bars Lebanese citizens from having any contact with Israelis. The law isn’t enforced very consistently, but at least a few lawmakers in Lebanon would like to see it brought into play here. From the AP:
A boycott group, called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon, has campaigned against showing the movie in Lebanon. The campaign on its Facebook page praised the ministry’s call, saying it is advocating a ban because Gadot was a soldier in the Israeli army, and has expressed support for Israel’s military policies against the Gaza Strip, a coastal Palestinian territory run by the militant Hamas group.[/lborder]
It might be a little late. Posters and advertisements for the movie have already popped up around Lebanon, and a premiere of the movie is scheduled for Wednesday in Beirut.
Gadot served in the Israeli army before getting into acting and has been vocal about her support of Israel.