I don’t care about Gal Godot’s military service or her political views. If Wonder Woman is a good movie, then it’s a good movie.
I don’t want a society in which we automatically boycott people because they’ve taken the other side of current controversies. I have love ones and relatives on every side (there’s more than two) of the ongoing (and seemingly although I hope not literally endless) Israeli/Palestinian dispute. All see the dispute as life-and-death; all find at least some of the opinions they disagree with incomprehensible and maybe even evil.
I want things to get much better for the Palestinian people. But nasty tweets aimed at Gal Gadot don’t do anything to make that happen.
I can see and enjoy movies and TV with actors who I agree with strongly, or who I disagree with strongly. Adam Baldwin is an anti-feminist troll who has never had a well-thought out opinion, but he’s still hilarious in Firefly. Actors are hired to play roles, and art would be poorer if actors with shitty opinions were excluded from the profession. (If they’ve actually committed crimes and harmed people – or, worse, if doing that is an ongoing habit or risk with them – that’s another matter.)
Of course, I understand that many people find it difficult to compartmentalize if they have a direct stake in the issue (whatever the issue is). But most people I’ve seen object to Gadot’s casting based on her politics don’t appear to be Palestinian. (And note, that it’s just the objecting to Gadot’s employment that I find a problem. If someone doesn’t want to see the movie because they find Gadot’s views gross, that’s fine.)
There are always going to be disagreements in society. As long as society is more-or-less free, that will be a constant. But given that we will always be sharing society with those who are so terribly, terribly wrong (and they’d say the same about us), how should we handle that? Would it be better to live in a society in which disagreeing with a person on an issue means holding all their works in contempt? Because that seems to be what some people prefer.
Use this thread to discuss the issues in the post, or heck, just use it to discuss the Wonder Woman movie.
(Another Wonder Woman related issue: The studio has given Wonder Woman a much lower budget than comparable movies with male leads, which certainly seems like sexism. On the other hand, the lower budget may be to Wonder Woman’s advantage.)