The live action heroine of "Beauty of and the Beast" bared some skin, and the angry mob came for her instead of the Beast.
It's not like Emma Watson, who plays Belle in the upcoming film, posed nude for an adult magazine. But, after revealing a lot of skin for a recent Vanity Fair photo shoot, the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador came under fire for being a hypocrite.
British radio commentator Julia Hartley-Brewer expressed her disdain for Watson's risqué photo on Twitter.
The radio presenter further backed up her tweet, adding that Watson "complains that women are sexualised and then sexualises herself in her own work. Hypocrisy."
Pret-a-Reporter also published a headline titled, "Is Actress and Feminist Emma Watson a Hypocrite for Going Topless in Vanity Fair?"
Watson told Reuters that the ensuing media frenzy and vitriol left the actress "quietly stunned." She expressed, "They were saying that I couldn't be a feminist and have boobs."
The session was shot by British photographer Tim Walker and style-directed by Jessica Diehl.
The online debate surrounding the image of Watson in a sheer top and lace skirt from Burberry's February collection skewers the actress as if the concept was hers, when in fact, the shoot was within the context of a Victorian rebel fashion editorial.
After criticism for contradicting what she stands for as a feminist, Watson set the record straight about common misconceptions about feminism.
She explained to Reuters:
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 tits have to do with it.
I think the word is really difficult because it seems to inherently address a preferential treatment of the feminine over the masculine because it has the feminine in the word, and I think that’s a real oversight and misunderstanding. This isn’t just girls are better than boys, boys are better than girls. This is just everyone deserves a fair chance.
Watson in the "Reuters" interview. (CREDIT: reuters)
The controversy made other women come to Watson's defense as well. Find out what they had to say on the next page.