Wonder Woman Lynda Carter Talked to Megyn Kelly About Being a Feminist Icon and Her Own Me Too Experiences
Lynda Carter, star of the 1975 Wonder Woman TV show, has been all over the place lately, even popping up back in the DC universe with an appearance on Supergirl as none other than the president of the United States—a timeline we would very much rather live in, thank you. This morning, she stopped by Megyn Kelly Today, the former Fox News host’s new, somewhat awkward NBC gig, and mentioned somewhere else we might soon see her, feminism, and the Me Too movement—including her own experiences.
According to Carter, there has been talk behind the scenes of giving her a part in the Wonder Woman movie sequel, which has been rumored to take place during the Cold War. Director Patty Jenkins is also returning for the second installment, and as Carter tells it, though it’s Warner Bros. calling the financial shots, Jenkins is likely who will make the final call about whether or not there’s room for her. She told Kelly:
That is up to Patty Jenkins. I’ve been talking to her about it. She’s given me some hints about it and I guess it’s up to Warner Bros if they want to spend the money. […] It really is up to Patty, and if it works in an organic way it’ll be great fun and it’ll be wonderful to do.
The two also talked about Carter’s nature as a feminist icon, of course, as Kelly pointed out that she was one of very few female heroes to look up to when Wonder Woman was on the air. They also discussed how ideas about women’s appearance shouldn’t affect whether they’re taken seriously, and Carter made a point of how criticism over appearances is inescapable for women and frequently used to devalue them regardless of whether the person doing the criticizing thinks they look “good” or not.
Kelly has very publicly faced those issues, both with sexism from Donald Trump and harassment in the workplace at Fox News. Carter told Kelly she “kicked ass” in standing up against Trump and Fox News, and also recounted one of her own incidents of harassment when working on Wonder Woman. She also briefly touched on being targeted by a “famous man” who’s now being prosecuted, who she recently discussed, without naming names, in a Daily Beast interview.
As with the Me Too movement in general, they also discussed victim blaming and disbelief, as well as the hope that we’re now creating a future in which that’s no longer the norm.
(via Today, image: Diyah Pera/The CW)
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