If you haven't caught up with the face-palm-inducing online storm that's been following #EmmaWatson around for the past few days, let me sum it up for you: Watson, an actress currently starring in Disney's highly anticipated remake of #BeautyAndTheBeast, posed for a shoot for Vanity Fair. In one of the pictures, you can see the outline of her boobs as she's only wearing a mesh top and a short jacket.
Since she's a fiery activist for feminism, backlash ensued — at least from those who still don't understand that being a feminist means being able to dispose freely of your body and image. Unsurprisingly, British journalist Piers Morgan felt like he had to step in — or rather hurl a bunch of irrational accusations at Watson in hopes some would stick. Perhaps he needed a break from consistently getting roasted by J.K. Rowling on Twitter?
Morgan Thinks Watson Is A Hypocrite — Based On An Interview That He Didn't Bother To Read
Never mind the condescending tone, the most baffling part of Morgan's argument relies on one quote taken out of context. He admits himself that Watson's shoot is "interesting and beautiful," but proceeds to slam her for being a hypocrite because she supposedly criticized Beyoncé for showing her body:
Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't disagree with Emma's assessment; the photos are inarguably interesting and beautiful.
But how does exposing her breasts to the world fit with Emma's condemnation of Beyoncé doing the same?
A generous observer might say 'uneasily.'
A less generous observer would brand it flaming hypocrisy.
He's basing himself on the following quote by Watson, in a 2014 interview with Wonderland Magazine:
"As I was watching, I felt very conflicted. I felt her (Beyoncé's) message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a voyeuristic experience of her."
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Thankfully, Watson knew the most efficient way to put an end to these pointless accusations of hypocrisy: tweeting the whole interview.
Here's the part that precedes her comment about feeling "conflicted":
"I'm quite nervous to bring it up because I still haven't really formulated my own ideas about it, but Beyoncé's new album. I don't know whether you have spoken to anyone about it, but my friend and I sat and watched all the videos back-to-back and I was really conflicted. I so admire her confidence to put her music out in that way, in amidst all these very sensational MTV performances, I was so psyched about that."
Most importantly, her conclusion about Beyoncé's album is as follows:
"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.' 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."
Now that is what you call a conversation. Morgan calls for "some rational perspective to counter the more rabid, headline-grabbing brand of feminism," yet relies on his own provocative headlines to add nothing to the table and invent conflict where there is none.
Take your own advice, please:
None of this nonsense helps anyone, particularly when there are far more important battles to fight.
What did you think of Emma Watson's Vanity Fair shoot? Before the release of Beauty and the Beast, watch her discussing Belle's character in the featurette below:
(Source: Daily Mail)