Uh Oh. We Have A Gal Gadot Controversy On Our Hands.
March 16, 2018 By Jenny Singer
[...] Gal Gadot, alias ‘Wonder Woman,’ global ambassador for the concept of 21st century Zionism and also for Reeboks, is in trouble. The actress is being attacked for a post on social media she wrote in response to physicist Stephen Hawking’s death on Wednesday. Let’s examine that post:
gal_gadotRest in peace Dr.Hawking. Now you're free of any physical constraints.. Your brilliance and wisdom will be cherished forever ✨
The heart of the controversy, demonstrated in thousands of comments on both Gadot’s Twitter and Instagram, is that by calling Hawking “free of any physical constraints,” she implies that Hawkins’ life was limited by his disease and suggests an ‘ableist’ perspective — essentially, that he was defined more by his disease and disabilities than anything else.
Rather than present an opinion on this divisive issue, we have assembled what we feel is a complete list of every single opinion that could possibly exist on this tweet. Please share your answer in the comments.
A. This is incredibly offensive. Reducing a genius scientist to his physical body is condescending, bordering on disgusting.
B. Having a progressive disease that paralyzes your body to that extent is objectively physically constraining, and there’s nothing wrong with acknowledging that.
C. Her comment had nothing to do with his disease — all people are “free of any physical constraints” when they die; it’s a normal thing to say.
D. I’m just glad she didn’t say anything about his opinions on BDS!
E. She wasted her platform by not condemning his BDS!
F. The Forward should stop writing articles about tweets even though Twitter is the platform public figures use to put out statements!
G. The tone of the whole tweet is condescending.
H. Guys, this was probably written by her publicist.
I. Political correctness doesn’t even exist in Israel! This is a cultural issue.
J. The most offensive part about this statement is her devil-may-care use of punctuation.
K. Celebrity culture is the opiate of the masses, and denying it value is the only way we will ever escape this labyrinth of collective suffering.
L. She should have said zichrona livracha, not rest in peace. So goyish.
M. Stop using the word “goy.” It’s offensive.
Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected]
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