Emma Watson: Actress, Politician, Activist

Emma Watson is one of many proactive actresses speaking out about equal rights, feminism, and other humanitarian causes.  She graduated from Brown University in 2014 and later became a global ambassador for the United Nations.  Even with her busy political agenda, Watson is still making movies in Hollywood.  Her latest work, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, will be released in 2017.  In the meantime, she has been taking a break from acting since February to spend more time on her work for women’s rights.

Before she began her political agenda, everyone recognized her as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise.  Watson starred as Hermione Granger, Harry and Ron’s best friend and the brains of the group.  Her intelligence and quick wit has helped her and her friends get out of tough situations around Hogwarts.  Other than keep Ron and Harry out of trouble, Hermione helped Gryffindor win the house cup the first year she enrolled into the school.  Not surprisingly, Hermione is viewed as a feminist icon in the Harry Potter franchise.  Her intelligence and courage makes an unforgettable character in the series.

It has been years after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows – Part 2, yet Watson continues to squander real-world problems with her intelligence.  She gave a powerful speech about gender equality in 2014 at the United Nations headquarters.  Just last week, Watson returned to UN headquarters to deliver a speech advocating for equality at universities and to address the controversial issue of sexual assaults on campuses.  Her speech was invigorating and moving, but not everyone was impressed by her latest event.

A column for The Sun that was published by Rod Liddle dismissed Watson’s words and practically mocked her abilities.  The insults start on the 2nd paragraph, beginning by saying, “she bored them all rigid with whining, leftie, PC crap”.  It went on to take a swipe at Angelina Jolie when asking why we take celebrities’ views too seriously.  After the paper was published, readers were outraged by the insulting piece.  Some users went to say that the comments were “disgusting” and even made a point that the piece was offensive to victims of sexual assault.

But what did Emma Watson have to say about the shocking piece?  She responded in the best way possible – sharing a video from her latest campaign for gender equality.  No insults, just a two-minute video showcasing the hurdles (both literal and metaphorical) that women have jumped through in history.  It’s kindness that will kill your enemies, not playing into their games.

That post was really insulting to Emma Watson!  She is a talented actress that aspires to millions of young women around the world.  Hermione was one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter films because she was intelligent, witty, and courageous.  Harry Potter was the main star, but Hermione was the brains for the group.  Even though the last Harry Potter film was released in 2011, I feel as though Emma brings out her inner Hermione when she speaks at the UN ambassador headquarters.

At the end of all of this, Emma Watson is a talented and bright actress that is helping to pave the way for gender equality.  Her commercial success gained her millions of followers that believe in her cause.  Watson’s brand as a politician and actress both flourish through these events and continues to stand up for her cause.  We have to remember that actors and actresses are people too, standing up for the same humanitarian rights that we want in life.  It’s too bad that Hermione can’t cast a spell to speed up the process of gender equality for America.


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