Wonder Woman’s Costume Is Political Hot Potato

With a massive environmental disaster washing up on their beaches, two on-going wars, a potential double dip Great Recession looming and a new appointee for the Supreme Court being questioned by Congress, Americans are consumed by Wonder Woman’s new costume. The story has cut a swath through the national media since it was broken by the New York Times (with exclusive images provided by DC Comics) on June 31.  Initial reporting focused on the style of the superheroine’s new togs, but the debate has taken an interesting political turn since a Fox News piece yesterday.  Fox spun the change as a sign that patriotism was being left behind in favor of globalization and hundreds of T-baggers jumped in to agree.

Fox News said:

Wonder Woman may have finally been given a pair of pants, but has she been stripped of her patriotism?

The new and allegedly improved Wonder Woman (a.k.a Diana Prince), has been given a head-to-toe makeover by artist Jim Lee, replacing her signature American flag decorated briefs with skintight black pants and purging the super hero of all her trappings of Americana.

Fox quotes an anonymous “comic book artist who has worked with DC Comics, which publishes the Wonder Woman comic books and owns her image, says the removal of the flag symbolism probably has a lot to do with international commercial intentions.”

“This new sleek and fashionable Wonder Woman will translate well to a film franchise centered on a female action hero. That wouldn’t have worked as well with the bright and flashy red, white and blue costume, and it definitely wouldn’t have played in the very lucrative international markets,” said the artist, who wished not to be named because of ties to DC. “The new Wonder Woman costume looks like something you could put on Angelina Jolie, or on one of the bad guys from the ‘Twilight’ saga.”

Indeed a Wonder Woman movie is in development and slated for release in 2013.

Comments on the Fox story piled up with many writers expressing outrage at what they perceived as a liberal perversion of an American patriotic institution.

I agree, change of costume and change of name and history. She is no longer wonder woman defender of what is good and american, she is whorific woman defender of globalization and everything that can be sold for a buck, including your soul.

American are not permitted to cheer too loudly for anyone representing our country for fear of upsetting people of other nations. I, for one, am sick and tired of being to hide my patriotism. Forget all this globalistic garbage. There is nothing wrong with proudly wearing the red, white, and blue or the stars and stripes. If you live in America these symbols represent you no matter what nationality you are. We are AMERICANS first and foremost followed by our other nationalities second and we need to remember that. Hiding Wonder Woman under this new costume is akin to changing Uncle Sam’s clothing. Stop messing with tradition.

I am surprized she is not draped in a mexican flag. What an ugly consume

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