UN Controversially Names Wonder Woman As Honorary Ambassador

Wonder Woman is an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls — but not everyone is happy about it.
SMS

She's an icon of strength, but not qualified to be a United Nations honorary ambassador — at least according to some U.N. staff members.

On Friday, the U.N. named Wonder Woman an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. 

The DC comic-book heroine turns 75 this year. And the honor is part of a campaign to show support for gender equality everywhere.

SEE MORE: Brie Larson Will Star As Captain Marvel — And Make History

But not all U.N. staff were pleased the honor went to the fictional character. 

They created an online petition saying the character is "the epitome of a pin-up girl" and "not culturally encompassing or sensitive."

Some people upset with the decision even protested inside the U.N. chamber during the ceremony.

For her part, the woman who first played Wonder Woman told CBS the protest was "ridiculous." She said the character is a role model and has had an impact on women.

"It is this community of us. It is the strength that lives within us that we can do anything and we are stronger together," Lynda Carter said. 

Featured Stories
US Border Patrol agents carry out special operations near the US-Mexico border.

Homeland Security Has New Plans To Crack Down On Illegal Immigration

M1/A1 Abrahams tanks.

The World Hasn't Moved This Many Weapons Since The End Of The Cold War

Soldiers at the scene of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif's death.

Israeli Soldier Gets 18 Months In Extrajudicial Killing Of Palestinian

Now Watching
UN Controversially Names Wonder Woman As Honorary Ambassador
Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More World Coverage