Emma Watson has proven her passion for feminism countless times—whether that be through creating empowering short films, fighting for gender equality and against sexual assault, or transforming an iconic Disney princess into a body-positive role model. But rather than focusing on all the good she's done for women around the world, some have decided to shame the actress for taking part in a photo shoot and showing off a little under boob.
The picture was featured in the latest issue of Vanity Fair and has resulted in people calling Emma a 'hypocrite.' Most of the harsh comments were made on social media arguing that "improper" photos like these support the objectification of women—something feminism doesn't stand for.
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
— STOPCSE (@S70PR4P3) March 1, 2017
Emma's fans were quick to come to her defense and set the record straight.
how is emma watson a hypocrite for this photo in vanity fair? feminism isn't about policing people's bodies, the exact opposite in fact lmao pic.twitter.com/R8G5sqVuxP
— anna (@annerchist) March 2, 2017
@EmmaWatson isn't a hypocrite for "showing" her breasts while claiming to be a feminist. The word means EQUALITY. Own your body, Emma!
— Bitchbabe C (@ChelleKathrynnn) March 2, 2017
You think this is bad? When she gave her speech to the UN you could see both bare ankles & a fairly serious amount of calf. Shameful. https://t.co/MyDUyMcO3E
— Felix Gott (@Felixgott) March 1, 2017
And in an interview with TMZ, Gloria Steinem summed up our thoughts perfectly: "Feminists can wear anything they f***ing want."
Over the weekend, Watson shared her thoughts on the controversy, admitting to feeling confused by it all. "It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is," she said in an interview with Reuters. "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," she continued. "I really don't know what my t**s have to do with it." Preach.