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Kirby: With Wonder Woman, hairy armpits are out — silly superhero debates are in

Published May 10, 2017 8:51 am
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The internet is abuzz with fuzz, or the lack thereof. The new "Wonder Woman" film has something potentially disturbing in it. Namely, no armpit hair.

In the movie — which I haven't seen — Wonder Woman picks up a tank and throws it at the enemy. During the scene, actor Gal Gadot's armpits are visibly stripped of hair. Where the naturally growing hair would be is a bleached patch of skin.

People immediately rose up in arms (and pits) and demanded various things, none of which makes any actual sense but still caused DC Comics to darken the area around Gadot's armpits.

You may be thinking, "So what?" And you would be right. That's what I was thinking until other people pointed out that Thor, played by actor Chris Hemsworth in the movie "Thor: Ragnarok," is absent armpit hair as well.

People complain that the lack of hair in these locations is not only improbable (like superhero movies aren't anyway) but also reinforces oppressive social norms.

True fans argue that Wonder Woman was raised by Amazons, or women warriors who most likely wouldn't have concerned themselves with hair removal in those places.

Others grumbled about the objectification of Wonder Woman caused by the removal of her armpit hair (never mind that she's at least a DD cup and goes into battle wearing what amounts to a strapless swimming suit that never malfunctions).

Whether its historically, cosmetically or politically correct to fans isn't the problem. It's that some people take this pretend stuff way too seriously.

Know who else doesn't have armpit hair? The Hulk. Bursting with Y chromosomes, you would think that of all the superheroes who would have an abundance of hair in certain places it would be the Hulk. Nope.

Know what else? Marge Simpson of "The Simpsons" doesn't have any armpit hair. Neither does Disney's Daisy Duck. I haven't checked out Minnie Mouse or Lois on "Family Guy."

Maybe it's just that I'm not into the minutia of superheroes or cartoon characters. When I was in junior high, my friend Stanley was an absolute fanatic about them. He knew everything about people who weren't real such as Superman and Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.

If someone happened to mention that Superman had blue boots, Stanley would not only correct them but he also would bring proof to school the next day. This includes the time he corrected the wrong kid who knew for a fact that Stanley wasn't made of steel.

I have my own issues with movie idiocy, mostly centered around having been in the military and a cop. Anyone familiar with firearms beyond just having seen pictures of them knows the difference in the sound of a full magazine being inserted into a handgun and an empty one.

Don't even get me going on how many times a slide has to be racked to load a gun that should already be loaded.

It also bugs me that no matter how many times somebody gets kicked or punched in the face, all they have is a cosmetic bruise on a cheekbone in the next scene.

No lead actor ever loses six teeth and an eye, and spends the rest of the movie sporting purple balloon lips. Probably because the female protagonist wouldn't kiss him in the final scene.

But, hey, that's just me. I know it's Hollywood and therefore not really worth getting all stressed over, just like most of the things we fret so much about in life.

Robert Kirby can be reached at rkirby@sltrib.com or facebook.com/stillnotpatbagley.






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