Emma Watson Faces Criticism Over Topless Photos

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Emma Watson, well-known for her acting role in the Harry Potter franchise, has faced staunch criticisms over one photo from a recent set of pictures released by Vanity Fair. The image, featuring Watson in an open, white crocheted bolero jacket with no bra or shirt underneath, has exploded online with many commentators claiming that she has betrayed her feminist ideals by posing in an image where parts of her breasts were exposed.

One of the stars in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, she addressed the controversy while promoting her latest film.

“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is,” Watson said. “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. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing. I’m confused.”

As a United Nations (UN) goodwill ambassador and one of the pioneers of HeForShe- a campaign to make men advocates for feminism- Watson has become one of the few celebrities still willing to embrace the label of feminism. Her comments have drawn controversy due to her thoughts back in 2014 though. In an interview with Wonderland magazine, Watson and fellow young feminist Tavi Gevinson discussed their reaction to Beyonce’s self-titled 2013 album, and more than just the Beyhive have been pointing out the hypocrisy of her words.

“I was very conflicted,” Watson said several years ago. “On the one hand, she is putting herself in a category of feminist...but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her.” Many justifiably interpreted that to mean that Watson felt Beyonce’s sexuality undermined her feminist messages. There does appear the be a certain degree of stick-beating involved there, but unfortunately, it appears most didn’t bother reading the rest of the interview, because Watson shared her full words on the topic via Twitter in response to the hate she was receiving:

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