Emma Watson responds to the Beyhive's accusations of hypocrisy
Everyone sit down, Emma's got the receipts out
We are not done talking about the backlash that Emma Watson's Vanity Fair cover shoot got last week. The plot has thickened and you'll want to sit down for this.
Soon after Emma defended her half-exposed boobs, Beyoncé fans (and Piers Morgan) took to Twitter to call the Beauty and the Beast actress a "hypocrite," bringing up how she had once made a comment about Bey's 2014 self-titled album in an interview with Tavi Gavinson for Wonderland Magazine.
Emma Watson is hypocrite. Now that she is being attacked for the same thing she attacked Beyonce for 5 years ago, it is problem. Girl bye.— Ᏸecca🥀 (@MJStarLover) March 5, 2017
It's Emma who is dictating how other women should behave re feminism & nudity, not me. https://t.co/zt6v8SrURT— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 7, 2017
"My friend and I sat and we watched all the videos back-to-back and I was really conflicted [...] On the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, this very strong woman [...] but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her and I just wondered if you had thoughts about that?" Emma asked Tavi.
The buzz and stings mostly centred only on that part of the dialogue, but did not consider the rest of the conversation that followed. In response, Emma tweeted a screenshot of a longer portion of the interview and highlighted her words in bold and yellow.
This is the part of my 2014 interview with Tavi where we talked about Beyoncé. My words are in bold. pic.twitter.com/Y8vumOeyDT— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) March 7, 2017
It's clear that Emma had, in the same interview, followed up on her initial thoughts, calling Beyoncé and her work "so inclusive" and that it "puts feminism and femininity and female empowerment on such a broad spectrum." A lot of that positivity seemed to have been overlooked by critics.
Wonderland Magazine has also retweeted the screenshot and even republished the full interview online.
Now that's settled, watch how Emma said she was "such a loser", while watching her Harry Potter outtakes with Jimmy Kimmel.