Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman fans rally behind Sri Lankan cosplayers who were bullied for their appearance

Erica Rae Chong
(Photo: Twitter)
(Photo: Twitter)

Gal Gadot made for a stunning and record-breaking Wonder Woman, slaying foes with her bracelets of submission and lasso of truth. But it turns out her superpowers extend beyond that — she’s also able to silence haters with a single tweet.

Gadot and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins came to the defence of two women in Sri Lanka after they were cyber-bullied for cosplaying as Wonder Woman.

Amaya Suriyapperuma and Seshani Cooray excitedly attended the Comic Con 2017 in Colombo dressed up in full Wonder Woman get up. The duo were also celebrating Suriyapperuma’s birthday but their joy was short lived when they returned home to find pictures of themselves on Facebook in demeaning memes with comments mocking their “skinny frame.”

“First I was shocked,” Ms Suriyapperuma told the BBC. I didn’t really let it get to me although I was genuinely baffled at why these people would spend their valuable time hating someone they don’t even know.”

But in the end, goodness prevailed. People on social media rallied behind the friends, praising their outfits and even photoshopping the women into the movie’s poster.

“There was immense support on the Facebook page of Geek Club of Sri Lanka and people I didn’t even know personally were messaging me asking me to stay strong,” said Suriyapperuma. “It was amazing.”

One tweet from a stranger who goes by the handle @Pasan_Mathisha even caught the eye of director Patty Jenkins who threw her support behind Suriyapperuma and Cooray.

Even Wonder Woman herself got in on the Twitter love, calling the pair “amazing.”

“It felt amazing – my inner fangirl is never going to forget this!” said Cooray, who was stunned at the attention the photo received.

Suriyapperuma also added that it was “amazing to be recognised and praised by Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot herself.”

“I think it’s actually a good thing that this is a public story,” she said. “If we didn’t get this much coverage this would’ve been just another case of cyber-bullying.

“But now everyone knows it and thus we have opened a very important conversation about bullying and body shaming.”

Way to fight hate with love, everyone! We’re sure Wonder Woman would approve.

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