When Emma Watson was appointed as an UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and became the face of the #HeForShe campaign, women everywhere – and a lot of men too – gave her one massive thumbs up.
However, not everyone was as supportive, and within hours after giving her first speech at the UN, Emma became the victim of the now all-too common online trolling of women, celebrity or otherwise, and was threatened with the leaking of nude photos that were allegedly of her.
“After I gave my speech [at the UN] there was a website threatening to release naked pictures of me,” Emma recounted in her live Q&A on gender equality yesterday.
'I knew it was a hoax 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.'
'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,' the 24-year-old continued.
Despite this, Emma, who is about to start filming for the live action version of Beauty and the Beast, wanted to make clear that feminism is not about hating men.
'Feminism became a dirty word because people associate it with man-hate and I don’t think that’s what it’s about at all,' Emma said.
'If you stand for equality, you’re a feminist – I’m sorry to tell you, but you are.'
Yes, Emma! And if you missed her talk, fear not: the videos are all on her Facebook page, and you can watch a highlight below...