Israel's Channel 2 refused to broadcast its interview with “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot on Thursday evening after U.S. publicists censored its reporter’s question to the Israeli actor about the film’s ban in Lebanon.
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The incident took place as Gadot was conducting an international media junket in New York this week for her well-received superhero movie. The interviews are usually held in luxury hotels and all television interviews are recorded by the firm handling the film’s publicity, with tapes subsequently given to journalists.
Gadot had interviews scheduled with the news shows of Israel’s two commercial television stations – Channel 2 and Channel 10 – as well as a separate interview for the “Guy Pines” entertainment show on Channel 10. Rotem Danon, chief editor of Liberal magazine, happened to be in New York this week and was asked to interview Gadot for Channel 2.
Unusually – even for such relatively short interviews, which generally only last about five minutes – the publicists asked only the interviewers from the Israeli media to submit their questions in advance. It also told them not to deviate from the script or ask Gadot any questions in Hebrew.
Danon refused to follow these rules and didn’t submit his questions in advance. When Danon’s turn came to interview Gadot, he added a question in Hebrew about “Wonder Woman” being banned in Lebanon because she is Israeli, even though he had been warned not to broach the subject.
Gadot answered the question but later, when Channel 2 News received the tape of the interview, the Lebanon question and answer had been cut from the tape. As a result, and even though Channel 2 had already promoted the interview Thursday morning, it decided not to broadcast any of the interview on its Thursday evening news show.
Channel 10 and Pines’ program followed the guidelines and did not ask questions about the Lebanese ban or other related current events, and aired their interviews.
“Because of censorship during the interview with Gal Gadot, and because the parts asked in Hebrew about the Lebanese decision not to screen the film were not passed on to us, it was decided we would not broadcast the interview with Gadot this evening,” said Channel 2.