In a recent interview, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson responded to the criticism she faced for the Vanity Fair photo shoot.
The photograph in question, where Watson’s breasts were partially visible was met with a lot of apprehension on social media. She was called a hypocrite for betraying her feminist stance with the image.
While promoting her upcoming film, Beauty and the Beast, she talked about the controversy.
Emma WatsonFeminism 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*ts have to do with it. It’s very confusing.
“I’m always just king of quietly stunned,” she added. “They’re saying I couldn’t be a feminist and have b**bs.”
When the Vanity Fair photos went live, social media was quick to shun Emma Watson’s well-known work for gender equality. Many brought up a comment Watson had made about Beyonce’s depiction of feminism in 2014, and said she was a hypocrite for going back on her words.
Emma Watson on Beyoncé vs Emma Watson on herself pic.twitter.com/mdqtAX0wFs— Han (@SpanSolo) March 5, 2017
However, others have argued that Watson made that comment about 3 years ago, which is a long time for people and their opinions to change.
Watson, who is a global ambassador for the United Nations, helped UN Women launch the #HeForShe campaign. She has also spoken against the gender pay gap in the recent past and started a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf.