Hollywood actress Gal Gadot has thrown her support behind two young women in Sri Lanka after they were cyber-bullied for cosplaying as Wonder Woman.
The two women, Amaya Suriyapperuma and Seshani Cooray, were bullied for matters of body-shaming and harassment.
They were dressed as Wonder Woman at the Comic Con 2017 event in Colombo.
However, both Gadot, who played the character in the recent blockbuster movie, and its Director Patty Jenkins tweeted support and encouragement.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) August 31, 2017
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) September 1, 2017
“First I was shocked,”Suriyapperuma told the BBC. I didn’t really let it get to me although I was genuinely baffled at why these people would spend their valuable time hating someone they don’t even know.”
Her fellow cosplayer agrees. “I was offended and shocked at how the internet reacted,” said Cooray, “Most of the memes and comments I received seemed to objectify me.”
She claimed she was drawn to the character of Wonder Woman as she feels it empowers young women like herself to be independent and strong minded.