Speaking about her awesome HeForShe intiative during International Women’s Day, the beaut actress and UN Women Goodwill ambassador explained how she was threatened with the leak “within 12 hours” of her brilliant speech back in September.
After that speech, a website called ‘Emma You Are Next’ was set-up, which basically consisted of a photo of her next to a countdown clock, something which was believed to have been created by 4chan, the website where nude photos of other women like Jennifer Lawrence were leaked.
Understandably, the whole thing left Emma angrier than when we discover there’s no milk for our tea in the morning, especially since she’d only just being discussing the important issue of women’s rights.
Speaking at Facebook’s headquarters as part of yesterday’s Women’s Day, the 24-year-old explained: “After I gave my speech [at the UN] there was a website threatening to release naked pictures of me.
“I knew it was a hoax, I knew the pictures didn’t exist, but I think a lot of people that were close to me knew gender equality was an issue but didn’t think it was that urgent, that it was a thing of the past.
“And then when they saw that the minute I stood up talking about women’s rights I was immediately threatened, I think they were really shocked, my brother was particularly upset.
“This is a real thing that’s happening now, women are receiving threats.
“It was a wake-up call to people around me in particular who didn’t think we had a problem with gender equality in Great Britain.
“People thought I’d be disheartened by this – but if anything it made me so much more determined.
“I was raging, it made me so angry, I was like, this is why I have to be doing this. If anything, if they were trying to put me off it, it did the opposite.”
Four for you, Emma Watson. You go, Emma Watson.
Emma then spoke about her wonderful and “inspiring” mum being her most positive role model, saying: “I think she instilled in me in my teenage years when I was feeling very insecure, that what I was thinking, doing, saying, were infinitely more important than my physical appearance.”
She also showed support for LGBT communities and trans people, explaining that “this is their movement”: “Femininity needs to be embraced wherever it is – whether it be in a man or a woman or a non-conforming gender person.”
Before briefly touching on gender pay quality in the acting business, Emma also spoke about her He For She campaign a bit more, saying: “Our society in general devalues the she, I mean the qualities that are associated with the feminine that are found in all of us.
“There’s this imbalance, this distortion that is just hindering our progress, it’s causing discord, violence and fear the world over.
“It’s uncomfortable, it’s awkward to acknowledge there is a problem, but we need to understand we are complicit.
“Another anecdote is that a lot of the criticism I have had in my life, some of the harshest moments have been comments from other women.
“It’s not enough to ask men to come and support us.
“We really need to support each other, we really do. So, I guess I would say be brave enough to acknowledge that things are not there yet and support each other.”
HEAR, HEAR. Thanks for being ruddy amazing again, Emma, you top babe.
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