While the world is mourning the death of genius Stephen Hawking, many celebrities from different fields paid their tribute to one of the most celebrated person in the world.
However, Gal Gadot, the Wonder Woman who tweeted to pay her tribute was criticized by a few as her message did not go down well with them.
The 32-year-old actress had tweeted: “Rest in peace Dr. Hawking,” Gadot tweeted. “Now you’re free of any physical constraints… Your brilliance and wisdom will be cherished forever.”
Soon, social media users started to attack her for talking about the ‘physical constraints’ of the man. Hawking was certainly not defined by the fact that, for most of his life, he was wheelchair-bound, and it certainly did not limit his work as a scientist.
Earlier Hawking’s children had confirmed the news and said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”
“Gal I am chronically ill,” one Twitter user wrote. “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.”
Fans of the physicist also criticised the actress for apparently suggesting that those who happen to be disabled, need to die in order to rid themselves of their challenges.
“Thank you ‘Wonder Woman’ for that completely ableist comment,” another Twitter user complained. “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.”
And it just kept coming:
Probably, Gal Gadot’s tweet was taken out of context but it should be a lesson to all the people out there to be extremely careful before they speak, especially in this internet era.