Yesterday’s news that Fast & Furious actress Gal Gadot has been picked to play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman inevitably stirred up plenty of ire in fans of the character, superhero junkies, and people who straight-up think it’s okay to take to the World Wide Web to bitch about the abilities and appearance of a person they’ve never met. It was a sadly standard response to big time casting news, but no matter how unsurprising it was, that doesn’t mean it’s in any way acceptable. When Gadot’s casting was announced, the Internet exploded with all sorts of chatter about her appropriateness for the role, nearly all of it rooted in how the Israeli actress looks, very little of it had to do with her acting chops or that she has starred in a limited number of roles (making her talent a bit harder to examine). Most of it was disheartening at best, ugly at worst, as various people felt the need to take to the web to air out their thoughts on Gadot’s body – my Twitter feed alone was clogged with repeated phrases like “too skinny,” “small,” and “little.” And, yes, most of the people I follow on Twitter are involved in the entertainment world in a professional capacity, this was not just irate fans mouthing off. It was an upsetting afternoon.