The Harry Potter star recently featured in a risque photoshoot for Vanity Fair, later responding to criticism by saying, “feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.”
Beyoncé fans quickly unearthed a Wonderland interview with Tavi Gevinson from 2014 in which Watson appeared to speak critically of the singer’s brand of feminism, specifically with the comment: “On the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist… but then the camera [used in 2013’s self-titled visual album], it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her”.
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Maturing from Hermione to Belle in @beautyandthebeast is a true coming-of-age story for @EmmaWatson: "I couldn't care less if I won an Oscar or not if the movie didn’t say something that I felt was important for people to hear." Read the full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by Tim Walker.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “Emma Watson is hypocrite. Now that she is being attacked for the same thing she attacked Beyonce for 5 years ago, it is problem. Girl bye.”
Emma Watson is hypocrite. Now that she is being attacked for the same thing she attacked Beyonce for 5 years ago, it is problem. Girl bye.
— ? (@MJFinesseLover) March 5, 2017
Watson has since responded, highlighting further portions of the original interview, in which she said that she was “quite nervous to bring it up because I still haven’t really formulated my own ideas about it”.
It also sees her say of the singer: “I so admire her confidence to put her music out in that way, in amidst all these very sensationalist MTV performances, I was so psyched about that. On the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, this very strong woman — and she has 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.”
“I would say that 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 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.”
This is the part of my 2014 interview with Tavi where we talked about Beyoncé. My words are in bold. pic.twitter.com/Y8vumOeyDT
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) March 7, 2017
Watch Watson react to criticism of her Vanity Fair shoot below:
“Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.”Emma Watson reacts to those who claim her revealing cover shoot for Vanity Fair goes against her feminist beliefs.
Posted by Channel 4 News on Sunday, March 5, 2017