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Bullied ‘Wonder Woman’ cosplayers get a high-powered boost from their heroes

Gal Gadot arrives at the world premiere of “Wonder Woman” in Los Angeles in May. Gadot and director Patty Jenkins have spoken up in support of two Sri Lankan cosplayers facing online harassment.
Gal Gadot arrives at the world premiere of “Wonder Woman” in Los Angeles in May. Gadot and director Patty Jenkins have spoken up in support of two Sri Lankan cosplayers facing online harassment. The Associated Press

The star and director of “Wonder Woman” have spoken out in support of two Sri Lankan cosplayers facing online bullying.

Amaya Suriyapperuma and Seshani Cooray dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic Con 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, reports the BBC. Photos of the two women were featured on Facebook groups mocking them for their appearance.

“First I was shocked,” 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.”

The two women and fellow comic book fans reported the offensive posts and some were taken down. Then a supportive post on Twitter went viral and brought in some high-powered allies. Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins, the star and director, respectively, of 2017’s hit “Wonder Woman” film, weighed in on Twitter.

When Suriyapperuma responded with her thanks, Jenkins replied.

“It felt amazing – my inner fangirl is never going to forget this!” Coorway told the BBC.

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