A photo of Emma Watson posing nearly topless for Vanity Fair sparked criticism from commenters who accused her of compromising her feminist ideals by exposing her body. Watson had responded to such complaints by explaining that “feminism is about giving women choice.”
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“Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women,” Watson told Reuters. “It’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.”
Emma Watson: "Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my tits!" pic.twitter.com/gb7OvxzRH9
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) March 1, 2017
Online commenters, however, were not to be assuaged so easily. Pointing to comments made by Watson about Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade — in which she appeared to criticize the legendary singer for “putting herself in a category of a feminist” while allowing the camera to portray a “male voyeuristic experience of her” — critics made the claim that Watson was a hypocrite, or even a racist.
I am never surprised at the amount of white feminists who refuse to acknowledge race in the critique of other white feminists.
— Keah Brown (@Keah_Maria) March 6, 2017
In a tweet apparently made in defense of such accusations, Watson posted the full interview in which her alleged criticism of Beyoncé’s feminism appeared. In a section of the interview bolded by Watson, the actress pointed to her full comments on the album — namely that she thought Beyoncé had succeeded in “making her sexuality empowering because it is her choice.”
This is the part of my 2014 interview with Tavi where we talked about Beyoncé. My words are in bold. pic.twitter.com/Y8vumOeyDT
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) March 7, 2017
“I would say you do get a sense of, ‘I can be a feminist, I can be an intellectual, I can be all these other things, but I can also be OK with my femininity and being pretty and with all these things that I thought might negate my message or negate what I am about,’” Watson said at the time. “That really is the most interesting thing about the album. It is so inclusive and puts feminism and femininity and female empowerment on such a broad spectrum.”
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