Someone out there say a prayer for Emma Watson. She first got into it with Beyonce fans back in 2014, and now they're coming for her again.
So what set them off? Some of you may remember the controversy that surrounded Beyonce's declaration of being a feminist back when she released her self-titled album in 2014. Emma Watson was one of many self-proclaimed feminists who seemed reluctant to accept Beyonce's use of the label.
Specifically, she described herself as being "conflicted," saying, "I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, this very strong woman — and she had that beautiful speech by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in one of her songs — but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her and I just wondered if you had thought about that?"
Yikes. She went on to say that the album was "so inclusive and puts feminism and female empowerment on such a broad spectrum," but that first comment really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and, I believe, rightly so. Many felt that Watson's comments boiled down to Beyonce's sexuality somehow being a check against her in the "not really a feminist" box, and Watson got called out for that.
But that was back in 2014, so what's the issue now? Well, Watson recently did a photo shoot with Vanity Fair that featured a bit of underboob and got a lot of flack for it. Watson was indignant at the criticism, saying, "Feminism is about giving women choice, feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women." She added, "It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality. I really don't know what my tits have to do with it."
Well, that situation sounds a tad bit familiar, right? The criticism that Watson is getting sounds a bit like the criticism she levied at Beyonce for being sexual on camera. Now, people — Beyonce fans especially — are giving her the side eye and calling her a hypocrite.
Watson's response was to repost the interview in full which, ok. Mainstream feminism actually has a long, sad history of accusing women of color of not being good enough feminists so it'd be great if she actually made a statement on intersectional feminism and learning and growth, but passive aggression is cool too, I guess? You can check it out below.
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