After Stephen Hawking passed away earlier this week, “Wonder Woman” actress Gal Gadot tweeted this:
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
Little did she know that her lovely tribute to the celebrated physicist would turn out to be so problematic:
Gal I love you but this is really ableist ?
— Kaley ?️???? (@KaleyW408) March 15, 2018
Zionist and ableist…jfc
— guillotine gal (@tired_n_wired) March 15, 2018
gal gadot is trash (zionist & ableist) and it's getting to the point where i think i'm gonna unfollow ppl who follow her so . heads up
— kaya (@cecesparikh) March 15, 2018
His wheelchair is a tool of freedom. His disability was not a tragedy.
— Sara Camps (@cheesepickles) March 15, 2018
just admit you and gal are both ableist and get out of my mentions now-its annoying. cant wit for her apology and donation to ALS
— ?d elizabeth? (@tobasco_e) March 16, 2018
Can all y’all that aren’t disabled NOT speak over disabled people on this. Her tweet is ableist. Period.
— fatimah (@barunsbutt) March 15, 2018
not @ how non disabled people in the replies are telling ACTUAL disabled people theyre wrong for being offended or even educating gal gadot for this ableist statement. a whole mess https://t.co/wSvCLGVI9J
— bougie wine mom (@primadonnagrace) March 16, 2018
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
Listen I think you’re awesome Gal but calling him free of any constraints is pretty ableist because his wheelchair wasn’t really a constraint. He even said his disability helped him in some ways.
— Kate?️?| #RenewLegends (@LegendsLightnin) 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
Plz know that wheelchairs propel U forward they do not leave one behind. He did quite a bit in that mobility aid & lived 50+ years *after* being diagnosed w/ALS. Perpetuation of this negative worldview is harmful since it often translates to adverse policy measures and attitudes.
— Heather Watkins (@hwatkins927) March 14, 2018
This is bad, Gal. Physically disabled people aren't "constrained" and they aren't yearning to be "free." Your implication is that Hawking wanted to die because of his disability. People are calling this abelist & that's true; but this is also just cruel.
— alex (@GalenAlexandra) March 15, 2018
His disability actually helped him in his field-not hindered him. Something he spoke about several times, this is really disrespectful and you should really take it down and apologize for it. Possibly make a donation to ALS too.
— ?d elizabeth? (@tobasco_e) March 15, 2018
we all know she meant well, that doesn't mean she shouldn't educate herself more on disabilities and ableist language.
— you did well ♡ (@ramendates) March 15, 2018
implying that disabled people are only truly free once they die is incredibly ableist and ignorant, no matter how good the intentions.
— you did well ♡ (@ramendates) 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
Even when she attempts to come across as deferential and sincere (qualities that don't come naturally to a murderous psychopath), she still manages to be extremely ableist and vile. A true rotten apple.
— YANI VAROUFCKFACE ? (@RadioScouse) March 15, 2018
This is very offensive to disabled people I suggest u delete this… So ridiculous
— khanyisa (@nobuzana) March 15, 2018
Has the world gone mad? Not entirely, thank goodness:
People are actually getting mad about this? She is literally saying “You are free from this world, you can be at peace with NOTHING HOLDING YOU BACK.” How the hell did you guys interpret a “Rest In Peace” message to be a bad thing?
— no ragrets (@ryanjespiritu) March 15, 2018
This world is way too politically correct! It's a beautiful tweet, Gal. If we choose to argue about everything people say, no one will say anything at all for fear of exactly this.
— Dorian Louis (@DorianLouis1847) March 15, 2018
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
This beautiful tweet is being raked over by the Twitter mob for being "ableist." We are truly becoming a cesspool. I have a disease that is debilitating. I can only hope than when I go someone will give me this kind of tribute. ❤️ https://t.co/Bf08j5YvDG
— Full Semi-Auto Mel (@Mellecon) March 16, 2018
Editor’s note: The headline of this post has been edited to correct a typo.