The young actress got accused of hypocrisy after showing off a risqué look.
After a picture of Emma Watson in an open crochet top, exposing most of her breasts, surfaced, the actress faced backlash and was accused of being a “bad feminist”. The picture was a part of a photo shoot she was in for Vanity Fair magazine, promoting her newest movie “Beauty and The Beast”
A “bad feminist”:
The famous actress and UN ambassador was described as hypocritical by some people for taking off her clothes while identifying as a feminist.
Several people tweeted about their opinion on the matter. Like Julia Hartley-Brewer who accused Watson of using her looks and breasts to promote her movie and improve her career. She wrote: “Emma Watson: ‘Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my t***!’”
Giles Coren wrote a tweet, which he later deleted, saying Watson gave humanity a “bad name”. He allegedly wrote: “That dim-witted, attention-seeking hoyden doesn’t just give feminists a bad name, she gives THE HUMAN RACE a bad name.”
Rising to her defense:
Some people rose to her defense, reminding critics that feminism is about choice. One tweeted saying: “Feminism is about giving women FREE CHOICE. They can cover up or expose their bodies as they want.” While another wrote: “I don’t always agree with her, but does exposing a body part really contradict feminist points?”
Dealing with criticism:
Previously, Watson has addressed her struggles in dealing with the criticism she received for her feminist UN campaign #HeForShe. She stated that she struggled to deal with being called a “bad feminist” over her campaign and said she spent days spent days sulking in bed.
She told ELLE: “It’s difficult to hear criticism from people you consider your peers and who you believe are on the same side. There is a level of criticism that comes with being an actress…but once you take a stance on something like feminism, that’s a completely different ball game. There were a couple of days when I just didn’t want to come out from under the duvet. At first I wasn’t sure if I should allow myself to be upset by it, but then I realized I needed to give myself 24 hours to sulk, and then move forward.”