Wonder Woman may be about a character who transcends borders, but apparently the ethnicity of its star doesn’t. Last week we reported that the film had been banned in Lebanon due to Gal Gadot being Israeli, and it looks like that may be a problem in other countries as well.
It’s being widely reported that screenings in Tunisia have been suspended. It was originally supposed to hit Tunisian theaters Thursday, but those showings have been suspended after a lawsuit by the Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers. Filed Monday, the suit alleges that Gadot is a “champion Zionist,” citing her military service (which was compulsory) and a public statement Gadot made in support of Israel’s military actions in Gaza in 2014.
How the suit goes will determine whether or not the film will see a release in that country.
This follows the film being pulled from a festival in Algeria yesterday as well. While there is a movement to boycott Wonder Woman in Algeria, festival coordinators cited “administrative issues linked to exhibition rights” as the reason, and they say they intend to re-add Wonder Woman to the festival’s lineup once those issues are resolved.
Honestly, any time Israel is involved, stuff gets complicated. That the film, which has nothing to do with the country (and takes place before the modern state of Israel existed), is getting banned places seems ridiculous though.