When social justice warriors have nothing to be outraged over, they’re experts at making up a reason on the spot.
“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot was panned as “ableist,” or discriminatory against the handicapped, for paying respect to the late English physicist with the words “Now you’re free of any physical constraints.”
Rest in peace Dr. Hawking. Now you're free of any physical constraints.. Your brilliance and wisdom will be cherished forever ✨ pic.twitter.com/EQzSxqNTuN
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) March 14, 2018
“Rest in peace Dr. Hawking,” she wrote. “Now you’re free of any physical constraints.. Your brilliance and wisdom will be cherished forever.”
The Israeli actress’s message was immediately censured for allegedly “defining Stephen Hawking by his disability.”
Horrible tweet. You are defining Stephen Hawking by his disability, something he spent his entire life proving was completely wrong.
— Conor Muller (@conormuller) March 15, 2018
A person who claimed to suffer from a disability said Gadot’s tweet was “ableist.”
I think you’re fantastic Gal but this tweet is very ableist. His physical constraints didn’t stop him from changing the world. People with disabilities don’t wish for death to be free of their challenges. We wish to be valued for what we CAN do, not pitied for we can’t.
— Adam B. Zimmerman (@ABZimm) March 14, 2018
Another said her words were “very offensive.”
This is very offensive to disabled people I suggest u delete this… So ridiculous
— khanyisa (@nobuzana) March 15, 2018
One person even recommended “abled people can go away.”
So what we're NOT gonna do is talk about Stephen Hawking's disability like it was a tragedy. Because it wasn't. Disabilities are not tragedies. Abled people can go away. https://t.co/e1PB6TB79F
— moved to @opheliajcbrown (@bandaidknees) March 14, 2018
Many others directed similar tweets at Gadot.
Really made me sad to read that people actually think like that. Like being disabled is the worst possible thing to be and that death is the best way to be free of it
— Aimée Talbot🐰👸🏼👯🐇 (@Bunnyaimee) March 15, 2018
Thank you “Wonder Woman” for that completely ableist comment. Being disabled is not a restraint, he is one of the greatest minds in the world AND he was disabled. It did not RESTRAIN him. So disappointed people think this way. 😑😑😑
— Aimée Talbot🐰👸🏼👯🐇 (@Bunnyaimee) March 15, 2018
i have lost all my respect for her 😞 hope you are doing okay boo thing thing
— midget on crack (@twshivshiv) March 15, 2018
Gal I am chronically ill. Can’t shower or even get myself out of bed. Lost 18 years thus far. But I ran a charity funding research for my illness #ME and advocate for Change. All from my bed. Is my life not important? Disablement is not shameful, bigotry is. Watch @unrestfilm pls
— amara campbell (@amaracampbell) March 14, 2018
for the love of dog and all things holy, please don’t describe stephen hawking as having overcome his disability, or his disability as inability, or any number of boring, ableist tropes that take away from what an utter badass he was and how the world was better for him in it.
— ace tilton ratcliff ♿️ (@MortuaryReport) March 14, 2018
girl delete this
— afton 🕊💖 (@glowingeyesty) March 15, 2018
Some users took aim at Gadot for the two years she spent in Israel’s military.
1) he was free
2) he thought Palestine should be too 🤗
— نور (@levantina_) March 14, 2018
I suppose when your friends killed kids in Palestine they were setting them free. pic.twitter.com/v6IguYKmhD
— Asghar Bukhari (@AsgharBukhari) March 17, 2018
Others came to the actress’s defense.
Ms @GalGadot, ignore the bitter snark, Your sentiment was heartfelt and sincere.. I have a minor disability (blind in one eye) and believe me I would be happy to be free from that physical constraint, while living needless to say (smile)
— MarkWhittington (@MarkWhittington) March 15, 2018
— dd_chapman (@dd_chapman) March 17, 2018
How rediculousle politically correct we have become. Gal Gadot is somehow being criticized for recognizing that Dr Hawking lived an exceptionally productive live while dramatically physically disabled. A fact that Dr Hawking acknowledged.
— Chip Cormany (@Chipcor) March 16, 2018
I’m disabled and would LOVE to be free of my physical restraints. No harm~No foul. He was brilliant!
— It’s M.E. Kat (@KatStumped) March 16, 2018
Pretty sure this tweet wasn’t meant to be offensive. People are to damn sensitive today. They take one beautiful statement, and blow it out of proportion. Grown up people. But I’m sure we all agree on one thing…..R.I.P Steven Hawkins.
— Colt Hochreiter (@LilBuddy3284) March 17, 2018
Hooo..please don’t be offended, she is talking about physical movement, im pretty sure anyone thats disabled physically, would. Love to move and do the things everybody does… So give it a rest…
— Ricardo Espinoza (@ricespn) March 16, 2018
Don’t listen to these folks. People on the internet are always complaining about something. Us non-crazy folk
get what you meant.
— Carl Fike (@Supergluu81) March 16, 2018
Another actress, Kirstie Alley of “Cheers” fame, also took heat for a Stephen Hawking-related tweet.
“You had a good go at it..thanks for your input,” she wrote.”
Users scratched their heads wondering what Alley’s message meant. Some called it “heartless.
It’s as though Kirstie Alley has inserted herself into this to be final confirmation. It’s so heartless in the least emotional way. I can’t stop thinking about her writing it.
— Lavar Kuzma (@GotEm_Coach) March 14, 2018
Wanna try that again and not so heartlessly pic.twitter.com/DB5Sz65Rzz
— david mario (@ItsAMarioThyme) March 15, 2018
This seems almost passive aggressive… is she unhappy with him? Does this have something to do with Scientology? #confused
— Kevin (@KJMadden84) March 15, 2018
Kirstie, maybe you should consider non-speaking roles.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) March 15, 2018
Several users mocked Alley’s Scientology.
She’s a scientologist. The cult doesn’t believe in psychiatry because L. Ron Hubbard was told he was insane. He was.
— Karin Keller (@1KarinKeller) March 15, 2018
You’re just mad he followed actual science.
— ames (@PocketAmes) March 15, 2018
No input needed from a cult member. #Scientology
— madkkd (@madkkd) March 15, 2018