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Tunisia Bans "Wonder Woman".

"Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot's Israeli nationality continued to stir up controversy.  Another country made the decision to suspend all screenings of the film.

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Leading up to the forthcoming debut of "Wonder Woman" in the city of Tunis Thursday night, Tunisia's government felt it was best to ban the latest venture from Warner Bros/DC Comics. According to (http://deadline.com/2017/06/wonder-woman-tunisia-ban-algeria-lebanon-gal-gadot-1202107983/) Deadline , the People's Movement - an Arab nationalist political party - launched protests against the film because of Gadot. Nonetheless, the Tunisian Culture Minister (http://deadline.com/2017/06/wonder-woman-tunisia-ban-algeria-lebanon-gal-gadot-1202107983/) has decidedly  "taken steps" to prevent the film from screening. 

The backlash towards future "Wonder Woman" screenings in a few territories is primarily because of Gadot's background in the Israel Defense Services (IDS). Like all residents of Israel, she was required to serve in her country's military. She provided her services for two years.

"Part of being Israeli is to go to the army. All my friends went, my parents went and my grandparents went," (http://people.com/movies/how-serving-in-the-israeli-army-helped-prepare-gal-gadot-for-wonder-woman/) Gadot shared in 2016 with People. "It's nice in that way that you give back to society. You give back valued time to the country."

In 2014, the "Wonder Woman" star also showed her support (https://www.facebook.com/GalGadot/photos/a.443954573925.242485.25616998925/10152522016708926/?type=1&theater) on Facebook for "the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts." Gadot then (https://www.facebook.com/GalGadot/photos/a.443954573925.242485.25616998925/10152522016708926/?type=1&theater) boldly declared that the groups that had terrorized her country were "hiding like cowards."

Although the actress only had good intentions with honoring her country in this way,  this unfortunately backfired for her as Gadot's Wonder Woman prepped for its debut as a solo act.

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The People's Movement Party released a statement on their (https://www.facebook.com/Echaab.Tunisie) official Facebook , saying: "We must continue the mobilization on this type of affair, as on everything related to normalization with the Zionist entity." This post is currently pinned to the top of the political group's page.

Unless you've ignored the headlines as of late, Tunisia is not the first country to place a ban on the Warner Bros venture. 

Last week, Lebanon became the first country to suspend screenings of "Wonder Woman." The Lebanese Ministry of Economy (http://ibtimes.com/wonder-woman-banned-lebanon-over-israeli-actress-gal-gadot-2545946) wanted to "take the necessary measures" to block the film because (http://ibtimes.com/wonder-woman-banned-lebanon-over-israeli-actress-gal-gadot-2545946) Gadot "revealed her support for the IDF during the last war in Gaza."

(http://variety.com/2017/film/global/wonder-woman-pulled-festival-algeria-1202455233/) Variety notes that while the film was expected to play at the second annual Nuits du CinAaAaAeA@ma (a film festival in Algiers, Algeria it was suddenly pulled from the lineup. However, the film was only removed because of "administrative issues linked to exhibition rights." Algiers does fully intend to add "Wonder Woman" back to the lineup once the problem is fixed. 

Jordan, another Arab nation, was also debating whether (http://ibtimes.com/gal-gadots-israeli-nationality-why-wonder-woman-being-boycotted-some-2548504) to suspend upcoming screenings of the film. 

At this time, neither Gadot, Chris Pine, or film director Patty Jenkins have spoken out about the banning of the box-office smash. Yet, one can just assume that they don't have time to worry  - or care, for that matter - about the naysayers as "Wonder Woman" continues to dominate the box office worldwide. 

If the bans continue to occur, (http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/wonder-woman-ban-lebanon-controversy-gal-gadot-israeli-army) Vanity Fair points out that the Gadot flick "may find itself later unbanned." The publication then cited Oscar-nominated film "Persepolis" as an example of a film that overcame the same fate.

"Persepolis" - based on a book of the true events from author Marjane Satrapi's life - was suspended in Lebanon, too. According to the (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2008/03/lebanon-iran-re.html) Los Angeles Times , "Persepolis" was initially banned because it was seen as "offensive to Iran and Islam." Yet, the highly praised film won in the end because freedom of speech trumps all (eventually).

Maybe "Wonder Woman" will see the same fate.
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