The ever evolving, strong, and talented Emma Watson recently did an interview and photo shoot for Vanity Fair in response to both her outstanding work for equality and her new role as Belle in the reinvented live action Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast. During the spread she is photographed in many different costume including a white shawl draped over her bare chest.
The photo was very tastefully done but has created a stir among conservatives across the board. The photo immediately became the talk of Twitter starting with this tweet from Julia Hartley-Brewer presenter for talkRadio.
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
Watson, however, was not going to sit back and allow the public to take blows at her choices in photographs and turn them into something against the feminist movement. She took to the media, and sat down with Reuters to give express her feelings on the controversy. She stated:
It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is. Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my t—s have to do with it. It’s very confusing. I’m confused. Most people are confused. No, I’m just always just quietly stunned.
As the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and creator of the #HeForShe campaign, Watson is no stranger to condescending attitudes for women’s rights. When participating in the shoot, mocking feminism was the last thing on her mind. Watson continued by saying:
We’d been doing so many crazy things on that shoot but it felt incredibly artistic and I’ve been so creatively involved and engaged with Tim and I’m so thrilled about how interesting and beautiful the photographs were.
Regardless of the few nasty opinions of people who have no real clue what feminism actually stands for, Watson will continue to work her magic both onscreen and off. Belle, having been reinvented with more of a feminist twist, will be just another notch in Watson’s belt towards a clearer and more equal place for women.
Well done Emma, and you look beautiful.
Featured image via By David Shankbone – Emma Watson, CC BY 2.0.