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Emma Watson Fires Back After Being Accused of Hypocrisy

Mar. 7, 2017
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Emma Watson has been feeling the heat this week after nearly topless photographs of her were released in this month's Vanity Fair. Watson, 26, has caused a social media frenzy, as controversy between the Watsoners and the Beyhive are taking over Twitter. 

Fans from both sides are speaking out, calling Watson a hypocrite and an anti-feminist. 

In an interview with BBC, Watson, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and the creator of the United Nations HeForShe campaign, fought back, stating that she finds the entire thing to be confusing and a huge misconception.  

“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is.” said Watson. “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.”

Watson's actions are being questioned as hypocritical after she made a statement in 2014, in which Watson slammed Beyonce for over sexualizing herself in her music videos for her self-titled album. Claiming that Beyonce was not a feminist. 

"As I was watching [the videos] I felt very conflicted,” said Watson in an interview with Wonderland magazine. “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."

Now Watson is facing scrutiny and fans are fighting back on Twitter:

Watson is stunned by the reaction that she has been receiving, and she found the Vanity Fair photographs to be an artistic expression. Although there has been backlash, her fans have been fighting back and promoting a strong feminist message: