As the Beauty and the Beast star shakes off criticism for a recent Vanity Fair shoot, Beyoncé fans are calling Watson a hypocrite for comments she made in 2014 about the singer and her first visual album, Beyoncé.
To begin, some attacked Watson’s feminist values when she posed for the magazine in a see-through bolero. Some claimed the photo was not in line with feminist philosophy because of the level of skin.
“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 t—s have to do with it,” she responded to naysayers in an interview with Reuters.
The actress fought back, tweeting the article in full and highlighting the remarks in question. “This is the part of my 2014 interview with Tavi where we talked about Beyoncé. My words are in bold,” she wrote to her nearly 24 million followers.
In the original, Watson is quoted as saying in part, “[Beyoncé] does make it clear that she is performing for [Jay Z] and the fact she wasn’t doing it for a label, she was doing it for herself and the control that she has directing it and putting it out there, I agree is making her sexuality empowering because it is her choice.”
Fans came to Watson’s defense, praising the actress for standing her ground. “Did you even read [Watson’s] interview?” one follower wrote to a critic. “She said the camera is male & that’s why Beyoncé’s sexuality is empowering.”
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