Ever Wonder How a Class Action Works? We Talked to an Expert to Find Out


The numbers are always striking.

Honest Co. agreed to pay out more than $ 7 million after a dispute over ingredients.

Another $ 11.2 million is coming from adultery website Ashley Madison after a massively embarrassing security breach revealed customer data.

And a judge ordered that Dish Network pay a whopping $ 61 million for telemarketing calls a contractor made on behalf of the company to people on the National Do Not Call Registry.

If you qualify for even one of these class-action lawsuits, seeing settlement agreements in the millions can make you feel like you’ve won the lottery, at least in the beginning. But if you’ve ever received a payout, you know that in most cases, by the time your check arrives in the mail, your cut of the pie can feel pretty insignificant.

To understand why, you need to understand a bit more about the life cycle of a class-action lawsuit, and the difference between how we use some terms colloquially and what they really mean to legal professionals.

First, let’s start with the phrase “class-action lawsuit.”

A lawsuit is classified as a class action when a group of people sue the same company, accusing it of the same wrongdoing. In a traditional lawsuit, a single person or company sues another person or company.

The phrase “class-action lawsuit” is often used in newspapers, on TV and even by us at The Penny Hoarder from the moment a lawsuit is filed against a company. But the lawsuit isn’t technically a class action that early in the process, according to corporate attorney Jeff Lieser.

“You’re basically just putting the defendants on notice that you will be seeking to have a class certified,” he said. “Just because I decide I want to file a class-action lawsuit and I entitle the complaint a class-action complaint against John Doe for ripping off consumers, that does not make it a class action. It’s up to the judge.”

(Disclosure: Lieser works for the Lieser Skaff Alexander law firm, which handles legal issues for The Penny Hoarder.)

When Is a Class Action Really a Class Action?

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In some cases, class certification comes in the early months of a lawsuit. In other cases, that can take years, if it comes at all.

In the Ashley Madison case, class certification happened during the settlement process.

According to Lieser, pretty much every one of those scenarios can be considered normal. When it happens is less important, but the class certification is necessary if anyone other than the person or group handling the legal battle is going to get paid.

And getting a judge to certify a class can be tough.

The prerequisites for a class action in federal court are laid out in Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Most states have rules modeled after Rule 23 to govern class-action lawsuits filed in state courts.

Here’s what Rule 23(a) says must be in place before a lawsuit can be certified as class action:

  1. There have to be enough members in the class for it to be impractical for each to file individual lawsuits.
  2. The law has to apply in the same way to each member of the class.
  3. The claims of individuals in the class must be similar, and the company’s defense against each class member must be similar as well.
  4. The class representative — this is the person whose name is usually on the lawsuit as the plaintiff — and their attorney have to be willing to protect the interests of the class.

If all four prerequisites are met, the court moves on to Rule 23(b).

Here, only one of three items must exist for the lawsuit to move forward as a class action. The most common is the final item, Lieser said: The class members’ similarities should be greater than their difference to show that what happened to each person is a common practice of the company being sued.

Of course, if you are considering being the class representative for a class-action lawsuit, you’d have a lawyer to make sure these requirements are met. For most of us, though, we’d be among the unnamed participants waiting to see if it ends in a win at trial or an out-of-court settlement followed by a check.

Why Do Companies Settle and Say They Did Nothing Wrong?

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If you’ve ever read even one article about a lawsuit that’s been settled, you have probably read that despite a multimillion-dollar settlement and the promise to change business practices, the company still “denies all wrongdoing.”

If you think this seems contradictory, you’re not alone. But Lieser said the laws governing class-action lawsuits make it so companies can right wrongs without admitting guilt.

“If you’re changing your business practices, people are going to assume that they need to be changed because they were screwed up before or you did something wrong,” Lieser said.

But legally, agreeing to settle and change practices without conceding guilt is allowed.

“That is because courts want to be an agent of change, and they don’t want there to be a disincentive to remedying those things that are out there that can cause harm,” Lieser said. “They don’t want something used against you… The courts want companies to do the right thing.”

That’s why the apparent inconsistency is allowed: The courts don’t want a change in practice or a large settlement to eventually lead to more lawsuits against a company that has just admitted guilt.

OK, There Was a Settlement. When Do You Get Paid?

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Like just about every other question we had about class-action lawsuits, the answer is: “It depends.”

“It’s always going to be years,” Lieser said. “It’s just a matter of how many years. It’s a safe bet that it’s going to be anywhere from two years to 10 years or more in some cases.”

Then, when a case is finally over, the large cash settlements cover much more than consumer payouts.

The money must also cover attorney’s fees, which Lieser said normally hovers around one-third of the settlement, and the cost of informing members of the class that they’re owed money.

That means the bare-bones websites that go up so people can file electronic claims; any ad space purchased in newspapers, online or on TV; the pay for people on hand to answer questions from those trying to see if they qualify for a payout. All of that could come out of the settlement.

“Class actions often get a bad rap for this,” Lieser added.

And depending on the size of the class and the settlement, it could mean just a few dollars, like the Red Bull settlement a few years back, or more than $ 1,000, like the Dish Network case.

The deadline to file a claim is usually stated in the settlement agreement, but in some cases, that can be extended. In the Wells Fargo fake account settlement, for example, the deadline to file was extended to July 7 after the bank failed to properly notify consumers about the settlement.

No matter how long it takes, if you’ve been promised a settlement and you can prove that you qualify, you’ll likely get paid eventually — even if it’s just a few bucks.

Desiree Stennett (@desi_stennett) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She writes about how government and court actions impact your wallet.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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“So Donald!” Wonder yelled at one point during a set at the Peppermint Club that ran into the early hours Thursday.

He made sure the crowd knew he didn’t mean Donald Trump.

“Donald Glover! I saw your last video!” Wonder said to big laughs. He had to acknowledge that Glover, who sat in the back of the room alongside actress Angela Basset and grooved to Wonder songs such as “My Cherie Amour” and “Living for the City,” has been all the buzz since the premiere of his satirically violent and political video “This is America.”

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Glover later joined him on stage for an encore featuring “Superstition,” with help from Jessie J, Kelly Rowland, Luke Kelly and Shelea.

The 68-year-old Wonder had summoned fellow musicians, friends, fans and a handful of reporters to the club for a special announcement, saying he plans to play a series of shows in the coming months to celebrate life, love and music and push back against troubled times.

“So much is going on in the world. And there is too much confusion,” Wonder said. “The one thing we know for sure that we can celebrate is our life, our love and our music… The positive will win in the end.”

He gave no specifics on the shows other than saying Las Vegas will be in the mix. He went on to say he hopes to have his long-in-the-works album “Through The Eyes of Wonder” done before the end of the year.

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After “Superstition,” Wonder led Glover and the others in a messy rendition of “Do You Love Me?” in honor of his 88-year-old mentor and Motown founder Berry Gordy, who wrote the 1962 hit for the Contours and sat in the booth nearest the stage for most of the night.

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Africa is such a mysterious continent, with loads of secrets that are yet to be uncovered. Africa offers an adventure unlike any you’ve ever had before, and this makes it the ideal choice for a vacation experience. And one of the unpolished gems in the crown of this stunning continent has got to be Kenya. Lying on the equator, and the East African Rift, Kenya is a nation with a stunningly diverse landscape.

It’s an unforgettable place for a travel experience, and something you will remember long after you’ve left it behind. There are so many little treasures here that make the experience one you just simply cannot overlook. If you want to discover the unknown wonder of Kenya, here are some of the stunning things we recommend you do for the full Kenyan experience.

Adopt an elephant

This might seem like a bit of a gimmick ordinarily, but, you won’t understand its importance until you do it in Kenya. Elephants are an endangered species here, and by visiting the conservancies, you will get a fresh and unique experience that will allow you to appreciate the power and beauty of these creatures. You can adopt a baby elephant from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust; you might even consider going to visit the last remaining Northern White Rhino in the world.

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You might not have thought it, but Kenya is home to some of the most stunning and breathtaking coastline in the world. Check out Mombasa, Malindi, and Lamu, and visit some of the many beautiful beaches they have here. This is your chance to get a real, authentic Kenyan experience, and stay in a Swahili beach hut! Go for walks along the beach in the evening, and make sure you try some Swahili food as well – make the most of this unique experience.

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‘Wonder’ Review: Family Tearjerker Avoids Cloying Cliches (for the Most Part)

On the surface. Wonder looks like the kind of family-pandering pap that makes me want to run the other way. Do you really want to spend two hours watching the plight of a young boy born with a congenital facial deformity that gets him ridiculed when he musters the courage to go outside without hiding under his favorite astronaut helmet? Based on a 2012 bestseller by R. J. Palacio that

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Wonder Woman and Pennywise Top Fandango’s Halloween Costume List

Wonder Woman and Pennywise Top Fandango’s Halloween Costume List

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The results of Fandango’s 2017 Halloween costume survey are in! Fandango asked over 1,000 fans which movie-inspired costume from 2017 they will be wearing. The top choices are often a reflection of what movies were most popular this year and what characters therein were especially iconic. It’s not too surprising then that Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It) and Wonder Woman (Justice League) were the top choices for male and female costumes, respectively….

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Watch Stevie Wonder Take Knee, Cover Daft Punk With Pharrell at Global Citizen

Stevie Wonder opened his Global Citizen fest performance Saturday by "taking both knees" in solidarity with athletes' protests in the aftermath of Donald Trump's most recent remarks.

"Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America," Wonder said as he took the stage. "But not just one knee, I'm taking both

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‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Confirmed, Patty Jenkins Will Direct Film Set for 2019

Patty Jenkins is set to make history once again with the news that she will helm a sequel to this year's blockbuster hit Wonder Woman, due out in 2019.

The director, who took home $ 1 million for the first film, will reportedly receive

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Geek Buzz: Patty Jenkins Officially Directing ‘Wonder Woman 2,’ Rian Johnson Not Likely Directing ‘Star Wars 9’

Geek Buzz: Patty Jenkins Officially Directing 'Wonder Woman 2,' Rian Johnson Not Likely Directing 'Star Wars 9'

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Patty Jenkins to Direct Wonder Woman 2

Although not surprising, news that Patty Jenkins will return to helm the Wonder Woman sequel is now official, according to Variety. Jenkins, whose DC superhero movie is the second-highest grossing release of this year in the US, has already been busy writing the script for Wonder Woman…

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CHARLESTON, S.C./SHERIDAN, Oregon (Reuters) – As millions of awestruck Americans cast their gaze skyward on Monday at the extraordinary sight of a total solar eclipse, one Connecticut man had his eyes set firmly on a different prize.


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‘Wonder Woman’ has done it! Top 5 superhero movie of all time

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Step aside, Tony Stark — just as we predicted, Wonder Woman will land in the Top 5 highest-earning superhero movies of all time at the domestic box office. And it’ll go down over the holiday weekend, passing Iron Man 3 and settling in behind The Dark Knight Rises, probably sometime mid-Monday.

Wonder Woman had earned $ 408.939 million in North America as of Sunday, according to estimates from comScore. That put Diana Prince short of Iron Man 3 by a paltry $ 75,000 — a figure Wonder Woman will easily eclipse on Labor Day, and possibly before.

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James Cameron Calls ‘Wonder Woman’ a ‘Step Backwards’ for Female Protagonists

“Wonder Woman” may have received overwhelmingly positives notices, was a box office behemoth, and is even getting an Oscar push from Warner Bros., but it has one high-profile critic. In an interview with the Guardian, James Cameron took on a different tone, taking aim at the way the iconic superhero, played by Gal Gadot, was… Read more »

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‘Wonder Woman’ boosts Time Warner’s profit

Time Warner, which is in the process of being bought by AT&T, reported a much better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by the box-office success of its latest superhero movie “Wonder Woman”. The company’s shares were up 1.2 percent at $ 103.74 in premarket trading on Wednesday. Revenue from the company’s Warner Bros unit, which includes the movie…
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Wonder Woman has become a global success story. Judging solely by box office numbers, it's become the most popular superhero movie of the year, recently passing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, earning more than $ 781 million at the box office worldwide.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Creator and Tonya Harding Biopics Top Toronto Film Festival

New biopics on the creator of Wonder Woman and disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, as well as a comedy crime caper from George Clooney, are among the films set to premiere at the 42nd Toronto

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5 ‘Wonder Woman’ Amazons On The Power Of Their All-Woman Army

For many viewers, the recently released box-office hit “Wonder Woman” could have ― and should have ― been set entirely on the women-only Amazon warrior paradise of Themyscira.

In fact, I would have contentedly traded Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor for more time with Artemis, Antiope or Hippolyta at any given point in the film’s 141 minutes. It felt profoundly satisfying to watch women of all colors, sizes, shapes and ages wield so much physical power on a humongous screen, and as the story went from Themyscira to World War I-era Western Europe, I found myself missing the women warriors and wanting to know more about them. 

Turns out, the real women beneath the armor are just as fierce as their characters. 

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Ann Wolfe, Artemis

Ann Wolfe is considered by many to be the best female boxer in history, known in particular for her strong and unforgiving punches ― in fact, her 2007 knockout of Vonda Ward has more than a million views on YouTube.

Wolfe told HuffPost a bit about how, after her storied boxing career, she came to be in the blockbuster hit.

“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins had approached her for the role because of her knowledge of Wolfe’s background in boxing. Jenkins’ husband, Sam Sheridan, a former professional fighter himself, had long been following her career. As other women were auditioning for the role of Artemis, Jenkins kept going back to Wolfe. She eventually got the part, and was flown out to London to meet everyone before starting filming in Italy. 

“I had never been on a set,” she told HuffPost. “Patty got out of the director’s chat and said, ‘Sit down!’ And then Gal [Gadot] came over and looked at me and said, ‘Yep, that’s Artemis.’”

The rest, according to Wolfe, was magic. She told HuffPost that working with so many other athletic women was a gift, especially after spending so much of her boxing career being trained by and working with men.  

“It felt like we were truly Amazons,” she said. “I have never been around that many strong women at one time. It was like a puzzle, and we all fit in it together. It felt like we were real, true Amazons.” 

Madeleine Vall Beijner, Egeria 

Like Wolfe, Madeleine Vall Beijner came to “Wonder Woman” from the world of professional fighting. For over 10 years, she was a world-ranked Thai boxer. After an injury took her away from her plans to transfer into MMA, she instead took her skills to stunt roles and film. The intense physical demands that she and the other Amazons went through on set were pretty standard for her skill level. 

“I’m used to training two to three times a day,” Beijner told HuffPost. “The difference was in the techniques and choreography, but since I’m used to constantly learning new moves, pro-fighting translated itself pretty easily into stunt acting. I feel like I have a great base to build on from all my years taking punches and knocking people out.”

What was new for the Swedish fighter, though, was getting to do so much heavy lifting with other women. 

“It wasn’t actually until ‘Wonder Woman’ I got to be in a girl-power world. Being a female Thai and kickboxer, I’ve been in a man’s world for the last decade, so being around this many women was completely new to me,” she said.  

“I was a little nervous at first,” she added, “but as soon as I arrived I just felt this … surge of power and unity.”

Both Beijner and Wolfe talked about that bond on set, and the environment that Jenkins created to nurture it.  

“I give a lot of credit to Patty Jenkins for creating this vibe, it truly went top-down,” Beijner said. “This movie is about a lot of things, but female power, wisdom and badassery is what’s at the core. And Patty managed to get that out of each and every one of us, as well as a team, or troops. Us Amazons challenged each other while training, only to push each other further and to become stronger. Beyond that, we used our fighting spirit to support each other. There were days we were so tired we could sleep standing up, but we went at it, again and again and again.”

Doutzen Kroes, Venelia 

Doutzen Kroes may best be known as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and supermodel, but she’s also trained in horseback riding ― and showed off these skills in her role as Amazon warrior Venelia. 

Kroes told HuffPost that having an equestrian background made the training a bit more natural, but it was still outrageously intense.

“I’ve loved riding horses my entire life,” she said. “But riding at full gallop with a weapon was challenging, but empowering and so much fun.” 

She too was quick to credit Jenkins for steering the ship and allowing women to be their baddest warrior selves.

“She is like a real-life Queen Hippolyta ― Patty set a mood that was welcoming, warm and supportive,” Kroes said.

She was also grateful for that tough-yet-maternal culture among the other Amazons. “Many of the other Amazons are also mothers, so we were all able to have our families with us during filming,” she said. “It was just a very special moment — to be in this gorgeous Italian paradise, shooting this historic film and iconic story and then having the opportunity to share it with so many cool women and their children … The experience of working on Wonder Woman was something I’ve never had before.” 

Brooke Ence, Penthesilea

Like some of the other Amazons, Brooke Ence caught the attention of the director as a professional athlete ― she’s a competitive CrossFit athlete, and was scouted by film producers just before the 2015 games. 

“I got a call from Warner Bros. asking me if I would come in and read,” she told HuffPost. “I had no idea what it was for.”

Ence told HuffPost that she initially felt conflicted about accepting the role because the filming would clash with her training schedule for the 2016 CrossFit Games. 

“I was really hesitant to [accept the role] … But it just seemed like a really great opportunity that people audition for all the time and never get,” she said. “And it literally just fell in my lap. I just couldn’t say no.”

Because Ence was training for the CrossFit Games during filming, she felt right at home among the other athletes. In fact, she was the last Amazon that they flew out to train ― most of her training was pretty much already done, and she was already in Amazon shape. But that didn’t mean she didn’t have more to learn. 

“Everyone that was an Amazon [had] so much mental strength,” she said. “Everyone just walked with more power. They walked with this Amazonian vibe.”

“It was a great realization of all the different types of strength. Strength for me is physical and super, super mental,” she continued. “And there, not only did I get to see and feel strength in a physical sense, but a lot of it was in attitude, and determination … It was very empowering to be around so many different types of women with the common goal. Everyone came together as this army.”

Samantha Jo, Euboea

Many have already seen Samantha Jo on film before without even knowing it. She’s worked as a body double for major Hollywood blockbusters like “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ― Part 2,” and “300: Rise of an Empire.”

Jo also told HuffPost how much she loved being on set with so many ripped women who were there to play the role of warriors, especially in contrast to her experience in “300,” when she was the only woman on set with dozens of men.

“It was really interesting to contrast the experience of working with 40 men, where I was the only woman,” she said. 

“Females just have a different kind of energy. There was this bonding that happened. I think it was probably through the suffering [from training],” she added.

She told HuffPost how, on the first week of shooting, part of the training for the women playing Amazons was to stack weights on top of a sled and push it back and forth.

“It was my first week, and my muscles weren’t quite developed, and I wasn’t as strong as everyone else yet,” she said.  

At one point, after about 20 seconds, she began to feel dizzy and felt herself fading. 

“All of the women in the gym ran up behind me and started yelling and cheering for me. I don’t think I would have made it had they not given me that extra push. I almost started crying [at] the love that I felt,” she said. “And that was only day three.”

What’s abundantly clear, from Jo and the rest of the Amazons, is that “Wonder Woman” being led by Jenkins was what made the experience ― and the film itself ― so damn special. 

“The whole vibe of the set really starts from the top down,” she said. “It was interesting to get a female perspective.” Jo said that the story itself was that much better because it was told and directed by a woman.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of action and cool moments. But at the heart of it, it’s about love and compassion and unity,” she said. “It translated so well coming from a woman’s voice. We all knew that we were going to be a part of something really special.”

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Another Victory For ‘Wonder Woman’ As ‘The Mummy’ Gets Buried At The Box Office

“The Mummy” is no match for “Wonder Woman.”

During its first weekend in theaters, the Tom Cruise monster movie debuted at No. 2, earning a tepid $ 32 million in North American grosses. “Wonder Woman” retained the top spot, collecting an impressive $ 57.2 million.

That “Wonder Woman” figure is especially noteworthy because superhero flicks tend to see steep declines ― about 60 percent ― during their second weekend in theaters, once the most faithful fanboys and -girls have already scurried to the multiplexes. The first major comic-book adaptation directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins’ film fell by only 45 percent, the least of any modern superhero movie.

“Woman” has now accrued about $ 205 million domestically and another $ 230.2 from foreign markets. 

This weekend’s tallies are as much a victory for “Wonder Woman” as they are a defeat for the critically derided “Mummy.” Other recent big-screen iterations of the character ― 1999’s “The Mummy” (starring Brendan Fraser), 2001’s “The Mummy Returns,” 2002’s “The Scorpion King” and 2008’s “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” ― premiered to heftier sums.

Universal Pictures has a lot riding on this latest reboot, as it is meant to launch the Dark Universe, an expensive franchise that’s slated to span several movies. Stateside audiences were largely uninterested in the inaugural installment, putting the Dark Universe in a precarious position. That said, major studios often rely on international grosses to support tentpole releases nowadays, and this weekend’s $ 141.8 million in overseas revenue means Universal can, on some level, ignore domestic patrons’ ambivalence. 

Holdovers “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” ($ 12.3 million), “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” ($ 10.7 million) and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($ 6.2 million) round out the Top 5. 

Another winner: “It Comes at Night,” a low-budget horror film that trendy indie studio A24 released nationwide. The post-apocalyptic chiller collected $ 6 million, a decent total for a low-budget title costing $ 5 million. 

“Baywatch” ($ 4.6 million), “Megan Leavey” ($ 3.8 million), “Alien: Covenant” ($ 1.8 million) and “Everything, Everything” ($ 1.6 million) complete the Top 10. 

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Fox News Mulls Over Whether Wonder Woman Is ‘American’ Enough

As “Wonder Woman” garners stellar ratings and remains on track for a record-breaking opening weekend, a Fox News panel is conducting a deep dive into a critical matter: Is the Amazonian princess American enough?

Fox host Neil Cavuto noted on Friday to guest Dion Baia that “some” have been taking issue with the film’s alleged lack of patriotism — chiefly, that the superhero’s costume color scheme is too un-American. 

“Some are calling it less American, Dion, because, well, her outfit isn’t red, white, and blue, and, in order to appeal for foreign audiences, very little reference to America at all,” said the “Your World With Neil Cavuto” host.

“I think, nowadays, sadly, money trumps patriotism,” Baia replied. “Especially, recently, I personally feel like we’re not really very patriotic, the country, in a certain sense. And they want these movies to succeed internationally, you know, so they’re going to dial back.”

Fellow guest Mike Gunzelman lamented that he feels “it’s cool to hate America these days.”

Baia, for his part, said his comments have been misconstrued. “Taken outta context much?” he tweeted Saturday, referencing an Entertainment Weekly article that characterized him as being “upset” with the movie (probably because he used the word “sadly.”)

He maintained he was simply explaining why he believes the movie’s American patriotism was “toned down.”

But in any case, criticism of Gadot’s costume as not looking “American” is a little weak.

A red, blue and gold color combination is still fairly reminiscent of the American flag. Gold is often incorporated into patriotic decorations and accessories, and sometimes used in place of white.

The original comic and Lynda Carter’s iconic Wonder Woman costume from the 1970s TV series both included more gold than white.  

Yes, Gadot’s Wonder Woman is not wearing a bottom piece adorned with little white stars, but she is wearing a top with an emblem of an eagle, which is, you know, a major symbol for the United States.

Plus, the actual plot of the movie involves Wonder Woman teaming up with an American pilot to stop German forces, which makes equating it with “hating America” a bit of a stretch.

Whatever. There have been worse takes on the movie.

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Conan Trains With ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot And Does Not Fare Well

There is only one warrior Conan, and he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1980s. Unfortunately for the late-night host of the same name, there is not the same level of fear struck in the hearts of opponents when they hear the name Conan O’Brien.

So you can imagine that Wonder Woman Gal Gadot felt pretty confident going into a training session with Coco.

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Ever Wonder Why We Kiss Under Mistletoe? Here’s Your Answer

Outside of gifting fruitcake, kissing under the mistletoe may be the most curious holiday tradition people observe. 

So why do people hang up the white-berried plant every year and smooch when they’re under it? In the TED-Ed video above, botanist Carlos Reif schools viewers on the mythology and biology of the mysterious “kissing plant.” 

“With its resilience and foliage that stays lush even while the surrounding trees lose their leaves, mistletoe fascinated our ancestors,” Reif explains. “They saw this as signs of the plant’s magical qualities and fertility.”

Watch the video above for more of mistletoe’s fascinating story. 

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One-Piece Wonder! Gisele Bundchen Rocks Blue Bathing Suit in Brazil

In a bathing suit and in Brazil, Gisele Bündchen looked right at home — in more ways than one.

The Brazilian model, 36, was spotted posing for photographer Mario Testino in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday. Donning an electric blue one-piece swimsuit, the mother of two posed on a ledge before hopping in the pool for some more shots.

Over one week ago, Bündchen was in supermom mode, as the family celebrated the birthdays of her and husband Tom Brady‘s two kids. Daughter Vivian turned 4 on Dec. 5 and son Benjamin turned 7 just four days later.

“Today is her day! Happy birthday my little angel! We love you so much!” the proud mom wrote in a post dedicated to her little girl.

Soon after, she shared a similar post in honor of Benjamin’s big day, captioning the post, “Happy birthday to the sweetest boy in this world! We love you so much !!!”

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And while she’s clearly mastered wearing swimsuits and sharing birthday tributes, Bündchen recently admitted to PEOPLE that she isn’t quite as comfortable in the kitchen.

“I help with the cooking, but I could spend the whole day doing it because it’s so crazy,” she said. “I help pick the stuff, because we have a garden. I help make nice salads and the kids participate, but I have no idea how to make a turkey.”

“I have to be honest with you,” she admits, “I ask for help with that.”


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We Are in a Wonder Woman Moment

My 2-year old daughter plays on the beach in a tiny red, white and blue swimsuit, her chest emblazoned with a winged yellow “W” that needs no explanation. Unlike Dora the Explorer and Ariel the Mermaid, cutesy characters popular with the toddler set, Wonder Woman is a full-grown Amazon, created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston to serve as “psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should rule the world.”

Yet, the kiddie bathing suit didn’t come from a hipster purveyor of “feminist baby clothing,” but mass-market Old Navy, advertised without apparent contradiction alongside pink sparkly ballerina dresses and “Daddy’s Little Girl” pajamas. Similarly, Under Armour, the sports-apparel giant with the macho street cred of being the official NFL outfitter, has authored a “womanifesto,” enacted in part in the release of fitted Wonder Woman tops and SuperGirl sports bras. Warner Brothers will begin shooting a Wonder Woman feature film this fall.

Seventy-four years after Wonder Woman’s birth, we are in the throes of a full-blown Wonder Woman moment.

Three new, very different books participate in this Wonder Woman frenzy and try to explain it. Together, Debora Spar’s Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection (2013), Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman (2014), and Noah Berlatsky’s Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-48 (2015) pose common questions: Who is Wonder Woman? What is Wonder Woman’s relationship with the history and, more excitingly, the future of feminism, particularly in a moment when women are both exhausted and excited by the desire to gracefully have and do “it all,” superhero-style?

Spar never mentions Wonder Woman, but her legacy is clear for contemporary women in the near-manic pursuit of superwoman status in the form of the perfect job, family, hair and waistline undertaken by many girls and women in our so-called “postfeminist” era. It is Spar’s unlikely status as a feminist theorist –she at one point describes feminism as a movement “greedy to its core” — that yields Wonder Women’s freshest and most jarring insights. She engages feminist theory seriously, even if to express disappointment with what it offers today’s women and girls hell-bent on achieving Wonder Woman status.

For example, Spar concedes that conventional notions of beauty primarily function to oppress women, but declares it unrealistic to jettison the demands of the beauty-industrial complex. Indeed, she acknowledges that amid her intense responsibilities, she expends energy taming her curly, ethnic hair into what is widely, if problematically, considered a more professional style. Spar supplements this apparently mundane admission with a fascinating calculation: over a lifetime, women lose five years attending to basic ministrations like manicures and makeup which, by middle age, intensify into a veritable “arms race of enforced youth.” These facts are unsurprising, though Spar’s honesty is: Admitting participation in mainstream beauty culture has been rightly called the last feminist taboo, and is rarely addressed beyond shadowy corners of the feminist blogosphere. This is a notable contribution given abundant research indicating that women of all backgrounds devote economic and emotional energy to their physical appearances.

But as the historical treatments offered by Lepore, and even more so, Berlatsky, show, Spar’s coiffed, overachieving, wife-to-be is definitively not the evil-avenging, otherworldly, ambiguously-but-explicitly sexual Wonder Woman that Marston envisioned. The two might converge in the marketplaces of 2015, but this speaks primarily to the fluidity of Wonder Woman as a cultural symbol, rather than to her limits.

Historian Jill Lepore explores the “secret history” of both Wonder Woman the comic book series and Wonder Woman the cultural icon. Through extensive archival research and in luminous prose, Lepore primarily traces the career and personal life of Marston, who conceptualized Wonder Woman in the early 1940s. Most salaciously, Lepore reveals his secret, “non-conformist” polyamorous domestic arrangement, which included not only Sadie Elizabeth Holloway, his wife and longtime sweetheart, but also Olive Byrne, his undergraduate student who mothered two of his children, and other itinerant “love leaders” who convened at gatherings Lepore calls a “sexual training camp.”

Wonder Woman emerged from this bizarre world, representing Marston’s fantasies, failures and contradictions. Imagined to incarnate a feminist ideal of the perfect admixture of love, power and beauty, Wonder Woman was intended to counteract masculine exemplars of brutishness and indelicacy. In 1972, Gloria Steinem reflected on the Wonder Woman comics of her childhood and felt “amazed by the strength of their feminist message.” This is precisely the legacy one imagines Marston hoped for. By contrast, a central purpose of Lepore’s narrative seems to be to qualify the legitimacy of Marston’s feminism. For his supposed innovations in the field of psychology, Lepore points out his unseemly affinity for manipulating the emotional responses of young women. For the radical potential of Marston’s rejection of bourgeois marriage, Lepore intimates an environment of manipulation and duplicity.

Berlatsky, an expert in comics conversant in queer theory, arrives at almost the opposite conclusion through his close interpretation of Wonder Woman’s comic panels: Marston successfully reconciled the apparently incongruous acts of binding women in chains (among other ostensibly demeaning actions) and empowering them. Marston emerges as a creative genius, pioneering acceptance of female, alternative and queer sexualities a good three decades before the sexual revolution — and in a comic book, of all places. Berlatsky wholly rejects Lepore’s argument that the explicit examples of binding, chaining and whipping furnish clear evidence of the line where Marston’s feminism faded into fetish. To make this point, Berlatsky turns to feminist theories of rape to argue that even violent submission can bring erotic pleasure to apparent victims. In depictions of rape and incest, however, it requires a major analytical leap to discern the “feminist vision… at the heart” of Marston’s vision. At the same time, Berlatsky’s insightful interpretation of the comics illuminates many subtle examples of sexualized content that, taken together, convincingly suggest a liberatory agenda not apparent in Lepore’s reading.

A shared engagement with the cultural product that is Wonder Woman unites these three diverse books. It is truly remarkable to consider that the same symbol can plausibly suggest hypersexual lesbian ecstasy (Berlatsky) and symbolize the supremely conventional dream of a “white wedding… in Vera Wang” (Spar). Wonder Woman represents at once everything and nothing, but thanks to these three books, we now have a much better sense of who exactly is inspiring us, and how we might embrace, but not enforce, Wonder Woman’s example on ourselves, each other and our girls.

A longer version of this review essay was originally published at Public Books.

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