(AllHipHop News) Beauty and the Beast actress Emma Watson is addressing the critics that took issue with her 2014 comments about Beyoncé.
Some people began questioning if Watson was a true feminist because of her braless photo for Vanity Fair.
“Feminism is about giving women choice, feminism is not a stick 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### have to do with it,” responded Watson to the critiques.
However, internet sleuths pulled up the 2014 Wonderland Magazine article where Watson discussed Beyoncé’s self-titled 2013 album.
They used her own comments in an attempt to point out her hypocrisy on feminism.
“I’m quite nervous to bring it up because I still haven’t really formulated my own ideas about it,” Watson said at the time.
She added, “On the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, this very strong woman — and she has that beautiful speech by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in one of her songs — 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?”
After the backlash from the Bey Hive and others, Watson posted a screenshot on social media from the story which included more of her statements about the Grammy-winning singer.
The Harry Potter star’s Twitter post highlighted sections that appear to be supportive of Beyoncé as a feminist.
[Beyoncé] does make it clear that she is performing for him. 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
The second is that I would say you do get sense of, ‘I can be a feminist, I can be an intellectual, I can be all these other things, but I can also be ok with my femininity and being pretty and with all these things that I thought might negate my message or negate what I am about’. That really is the most interesting thing about the album. It is so inclusive and puts feminism and femininity and female empowerment on such a broad spectrum.
Maturing from Hermione to Belle in @beautyandthebeast is a true coming-of-age story for @EmmaWatson: “I couldn’t care less if I won an Oscar or not if the movie didn’t say something that I felt was important for people to hear.” Read the full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by Tim Walker.
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