The Beyhive is After Emma Watson Following Her Vanity Fair Photo Shoot
Watson was quick to respond, though.
Emma Watson just can’t catch a break.
After being the brunt of media scrutiny for a topless Vanity Fair photo that sparked a discussion around her feminist philosophy, then giving a badass response regarding the true meaning of feminism, the British star is now facing the wrath of the Beyhive (a.k.a. the most ruthless, rabid fan base on the Internet).
Emma Watson: "Beyoncé using her sexuality as empowerment isn't feminism!"
Also Emma Watson: pic.twitter.com/ZhfKmXfsRi
— ☾ jay (@WOLVERlNES) March 3, 2017
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.
— Ᏸecca🥀 (@MJStarLover) March 5, 2017
Beyoncé fans are accusing the former Harry Potter star of being a hypocrite after unearthing a 2014 Wonderland article in which Watson supposedly criticizes Queen Bey for expressing her sexuality in her self-titled album. The problem? The quote they were taking issue with was an edited, condensed version of Watson’s true statement.
As HuffPost notes, the Wonderland article, which is a discussion between Watson and Rookie editor-in-chief Tavi Gevinson, wasn’t available online until Tuesday, and many of Watson’s critics were citing a write-up on the post by The Cut.
As per The Cut’s post, this is what Watson had to say about Beyoncé’s 2013 album, which, if you recall, was heralded as feminist, given its messaging and songs, such as “***Flawless,” which samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech “We Should All Be Feminists.” :
“As I was watching [the videos] I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her and I just wondered if you had thoughts about that or if you had any of your own thoughts about any of it really …”
And here is Watson’s full quote from Wonderland:
“My friend and I sat and watched all the videos back-to-back and I was really conflicted… 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 and I just wondered if you had thoughts about that?”
Not one to let anyone walk all over her, Watson took to Twitter to share a screengrab of the original article, highlighting her quotes about the “Formation” singer.
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
One quote in particular, touches on how Bey’s sexuality is empowering because it is her choice.
It reads: “She does make it clear that she is performing for [Jay-Z]. And the fact that she wasn’t doing it for a label, she was doing it for herself and the control that she has directing it and putting it out there, I agree is making her sexuality empowering because it is her choice.”
Hey, if someone’s got the receipts, you can’t argue with that, right?
So let this be a lesson to us all (and the Beyhive): Check your facts before attacking someone else. Or, as this Twitter user says, “stop dragging down people who are actually making an effort!”
— Tshego Khunou (@xoxo_Tee) March 7, 2017