Emma Watson is an accomplished actress, UN Goodwill Ambassador, vocal feminist and Vanity Fair cover model. For some reason the combination of these things is causing a few people to lose their minds.
In the latest issue of Vanity Fair the Beaty and the Beast star posed in a see-through top:
It’s hardly the first time someone has taken part in photo shoot for a magazine as part of a film’s promotional tour. But because Watson has the gall to refer to herself as a feminist, some commentators tried really hard to turn the situation into a controversy.
Julia Hartley-Brewer, an English columnist, claimed Watson couldn’t be taken seriously as a feminist because of the photo shoot. To help prove her ‘point’ she posted a picture of an article in the British tabloid The Sun headlined “Beauty & the breasts”.
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
Then The Independent decided to a run a piece questioning Watson’s agency in the photo shoot:
The whole thing clearly jumped the shark about five seconds after it kicked off. There’s lots of interesting criticisms of Watson’s particular brand of feminism, but attacking her for doing a Vanity Fair photo shoot is just incredibly dumb.
Turns out Watson agrees. In an interview today the actress described the situation as “confusing” and said it “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 tits have to do with it,” she said.
She also hit back at the idea that she had no creative involvement in the photo shoot, saying “It felt incredibly artistic and I’ve been so creatively involved and engaged with Tim [Walker, the photographer] and I’m so thrilled about how interesting and beautiful the photographs were.”