Lynda Carter To James Cameron ‘Stop Dissing Wonder Woman’

Considers him a “poor soul” who doesn’t “understand the character.”

Director James Cameron made headlines earlier this summer when he targeted the movie Wonder Woman for criticism, calling the film “a step backwards” for women in Hollywood, and compared the character unfavorably to Terminator‘s Sarah Connor.

“Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit,” Cameron said. In contrast, he insinuated that Wonder Woman was “an objectified icon.”

Wonder Woman director Patti Jenkins hit back at Cameron’s slighting of everyone’s favorite Amazon. “If women have to always be hard, tough and troubled to be strong, and we aren’t free to be multidimensional or celebrate an icon of women everywhere because she is attractive and loving, then we haven’t come very far have we?”

Thursday, Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, had her say.

To James Cameron -STOP dissing WW: You poor soul. Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women–we are more than the sum of our parts. Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill advised. This movie was spot on. Gal Gadot was great. I know, Mr. Cameron–because I have embodied this character for more than 40 years. So–STOP IT.

Even though she hung up her tights 40 years ago, Lynda Carter is still showing us what it means to be a hero every day.