Gal Gadot dress stirs controversy; 'Walt's Frozen Head'; new music; more

Lawrence Kim
January 13, 2018

Reports suggest that the Wonder Woman actress wore a blue sash dress by the designer for the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York City earlier this week.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot wore an Elie Saab designer gown to accept an award from the National Board of Review in NY on Tuesday night.

Lebanese TV producer Farah Shami wrote on Twitter that she doesn't "have a problem with her wearing @ElieSaabWorld but I do have a problem with posting her picture from Elie Saab's account and bragging about an ex Israeli soldier wearing his dress!"

Heba Bitar, a correspondent for Lebanese-based television channel Al Mayadeen, tweeted: "I love and respect Elie Saab, but is he really happy an Israeli actress wore a dress he designed?"

"Although this is progress, there is still a long way to go", she said. The star, who knew in advance she would be accepting the #SeeHer award (a statuette given to boundary-pushing actresses), began by pointing out that the top three films of 2017-The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, and Beauty and the Beast-were all carried by women.

The country's Ministry of Economy issued the ban just before the film was scheduled to premiere.

The Israeli actress appeared in reprisals of the Fast and Furious, but none of them were banned in Lebanon.

Gadot then brings it back to reality, and the challenges she has faced, noting that although Hollywood seems progressive, we're not there yet in terms of total equality.

She has trained for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and supported its invasion during the 2014 Gaza War - an onslaught that took the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians.

"When I started acting, there were very few female-led movies, and even fewer female directors".

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