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Emma Watson's UN speech isn't "whining, leftie, PC crap", thanks

A columnist said Emma "bored them all rigid" with her powerful speech about promoting gender parity in universities

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 26 Sep 2016

Video: New China TV

Emma Watson gave a very powerful and touching speech last week in New York as part of the introduction to the UN Women's first HeForShe Impact University Parity report, which focuses on promoting gender equality in the higher education system.

Emma spoke about gender-related social issues, including sexual violence in universities. "The experience must make it clear that the safety of women, minorities, and anyone who may be vulnerable, is a right and not a privilege," she said.

While we (and, we assume, feminists everywhere) agree wholeheartedly with Emma, it looks like Rod Liddle, a columnist at British newspaper The Sun does not. In fact, he doesn't think much of Emma at all.

"Hermione Granger has been addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Nope, not kidding," Rod wrote. "The actress Emma Watson, right, is a UN 'Goodwill Ambassador'. What's that, when it's at home? I haven't a clue. Anyway, instead of telling them all the rules of quidditch or how to turn someone into a frog, she bored them all rigid with whining, leftie, PC crap."

"Just like all actresses do if people are stupid enough to give them the chance," he continued. "Why do we indulge these luvvie slebs, most of whom know nowt? I don't object to them having views and expressing them. I just don't understand why we take them seriously. I suppose they got Emma in because Angelina Jolie is a bit tied up with other stuff at the moment."

Welp, we don't object to people having unfeminist views and expressing them. We just don't understand why anyone should have to take them seriously.

What we will take seriously is the work Emma has been doing at HeForShe, which includes underlining the fact that feminism isn't about man-hating and that men can be feminists, too. And you know, this 'luvvie sleb' is only the face of an initiative that has reached and helped millions of people around the world to fight for gender equality (and fight misogyny), no big deal.

Related: Badass women: 23 September 2016
Related: Watch Emma Watson do a table read for 'Beauty and the Beast'


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