Israeli actress and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot recently wore a beautiful blue dress to the National Board of Review Awards in New York this past Tuesday. She and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins were presented with the Spotlight Award for their work on the fantastic superhero hit.
And yet, controversy stirred over the one-shouldered dress with a cutaway in the midsection. Why? It was made by Lebanese designer Elie Saab. Considering Wonder Woman was banned in Lebanon — and conflict has ensued between Israel and Lebanon since 1948 — some were outraged when the designer posted a picture of the star on Instagram.
Thank you #NBR for the wonderful night and for honoring Patty and I with the spotlight award. #WonderWoman pic.twitter.com/pF9VpV1MAT
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) January 10, 2018
In response to the backlash, Saab’s photo was taken down. But some people posted on their own social media accounts:
Elie Saab dresses #Zionist IDF soldier Gal Gadot, then posts about it, then deletes the post because people started to spit on him. @ElieSaabWorld Shameful. pic.twitter.com/tRcWPQGm4A
— Mona Issa (@MonaIssa961) January 10, 2018
As of now, Gadot has not commented on the controversy.