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NOLAN FINLEY

Editor’s Note: Wonder Woman, you’re fired!

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

You know the United Nations is hopelessly detached from the real world when it fires Wonder Woman because she’s too hot, too tough, and too, well, American.

The U.N. engages in the silly practice of naming cartoon characters as honorary ambassadors to make itself seem a little warmer and fuzzier. Others on the list include Winnie the Pooh and Tinker Bell. Both those are non-threatening.

Wonder Woman apparently isn’t. Her ambassadorship was undermined by the U.N.’s own staff, which started a subversive email campaign to get her dumped. At the ceremony honoring the cartoon superhero, the offended staffers stood on the stage with their backs turned to the crowd in protest. Some raised their fists in the air, as if Wonder Woman was a human rights abuser.

She faced a more hostile reception than bloodstained despots such as Fidel Castro, Bashar al Assad and Yassar Arafat.

Wonder Woman’s disqualifers included her skimpy, leg-baring unitard, although it’s more likely the U.N. found the star-spangled red, white and blue design more discomfiting than her thighs. Complaints also centered on her proclivity for beating up bad guys, something the U.N. is loathe to do.

Wonder Woman was supposed to represent female empowerment. Instead she becomes yet another symbol of the U.N.’s classlessness.