On Friday, October 21, the United Nations celebrated Wonder Woman's 75th birthday by naming her their new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
The UN has explained that the superheroine was chosen in their bid to reach out to more young people.
Lynda Carter, who starred in the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series, and Gal Gadot, who stars in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, were at the ceremony held at the UN headquarters in New York.
"The carefully choreographed ceremony was marred by some 50 UN staffers protesting by the visitor's entrance to the UN who then went inside the Economic and Social Council chamber and silently turned their [backs] to the stage during the opening speech, some with their fists in the air," reports Associated Press.
The report notes that "UN staffer Cass Durant...held a sign saying 'Real Women Deserve a Real Ambassador.'" She was quoted as saying, "[We] don't think that a fictitious comic book character wearing basically what looks like a Playboy-type bunny outfit is really the right message we need to send to girls or even boys for that matter."
It must be noted, though, that the UN's honorary ambassadors—unlike goodwill ambassadors like Anne Hathaway—are fictional characters.
In 1998, the UN picked Winnie the Pooh to be an Honorary Ambassador of Friendship. In 2009, they tapped Tinker Bell to be the Honorary Ambassador of Green.
The UN will use Wonder Woman's image on social media platforms to promote women's empowerment, as well as to discuss gender-based violence and the fuller participation of women in public life. They will use #WithWonderWoman for their social media posts.
Amid the protest, Carter and Gadot have come to Wonder Woman's defense.
Carter acknowledged the protesters during her UN speech, saying, "Please embrace Wonder Woman. To all those who don't think it's a good idea, stand up and be counted."
Gadot, for her part, stated, "I'm the kind of person who always looks at the half-full glass. I care for the people who care and I'm here for a wonderful cause today. That's what my focus is."