Gal Gadot in an Elie Saab dress as pictured in an awards show photo has prompted a backlash by some on social media who complained about the Israeli "Wonder Woman" actress wearing a garment from a Lebanese designer. "We need to shut up, listen and amplify".
Meanwhile, during Fallon's turn, Gadot failed to recognize the late-night host's cue for the first word.
The #SeeHer award, which past year went to Viola Davis, was created to honor women who "push boundaries on changing stereotypes and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape".
I'm sure that to some, it will seem unusual that a superhero is being held up as an "accurate portrayal" of women. When Gadot was originally announced as the recipient in December, the Association of National Advertisers - which sponsored the award - called her a "powerful voice advocating for women, not only on screen as the iconic Wonder Woman but in life as well". And it was clear to me that I wanted to play a strong and independent woman, a real one.
"Wonder Woman" screenings were banned in Lebanon following a campaign against its star's Israeli background.
She's full of heart, strength, compassion, and forgiveness.
She also took a moment to highlight the improvements in female representation and the continuing need for more. "She commands the attention of the world". She gets confused, insecure, and she's not ideal. She's not ideal and that's what makes her real.
"Just watch the magic", Gadot warns Jenkins and The Roots' Tariq Trotter, feeling confident of a triumph for her and teammate Fallon.
'I want to share this award with all the women and men who stand for what's right, for those who can't stand of speak for themselves. "Seven?" Gadot asked, leaving Fallon confused, only for the Wonder Woman star to say "never mind". "And we will continue to band together to make strides uniting for equality".