Tuesday 25 April 2017

'Feminism is about freedom, I don't know what my t**s have to do with it' - Emma Watson defends topless shoot

Emma Watson arrives at the world premiere of
Emma Watson arrives at the world premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" at the El Capitan Theatre on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Emma Watson in the controversial photo shoot for ‘Vanity Fair’ taken by Tim Walker
Cast member Emma Watson waves as she arrives at the premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" in Los Angeles, California U.S., March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Cast member Emma Watson signs autographs at the premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actress Emma Watson arrives for the Asian premiere of the Disney Movie The Beauty and The Beast in Shanghai on February 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Cast member Emma Watson poses at the premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Emma Watson arrives at the world premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" at the El Capitan Theatre on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Emma Watson during a photo call with the cast of Beauty and the Beast, at The Corinthia Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Emma Watson arrives at the world premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" at the El Capitan Theatre on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Emma Watson arrives at the world premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" at the El Capitan Theatre on Thursday, March 2, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Emma Watson defended her decision to go topless

Emma Watson has hit back at critics who claimed her decision to pose topless was hypocritical given her feminist stance.

The Harry Potter actress triggered a backlash when she was photographed for Vanity Fair magazine wearing a jacket with nothing underneath.

Some commentators said Watson, 26, had gone against what she stood for and accused her of being anti-feminist.

But she told the BBC: "Feminism is about giving women choice, feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women.

Emma Watson in the controversial photo shoot for ‘Vanity Fair’ taken by Tim Walker
Emma Watson in the controversial photo shoot for ‘Vanity Fair’ taken by Tim Walker

"It's about freedom, it's about liberation, it's about equality."

Watson went on: "I really don't know what my tits have to do with it."

The actress was being interviewed alongside Dan Stevens, her co-star in Beauty And The Beast.

When he asked what she was discussing, the actress explained: "They were saying that I couldn't be a feminist and... and have boobs."

She said she always found herself "quietly stunned" at such comments.

Watson was photographed for Vanity Fair by British fashion photographer Tim Walker.

Emma Watson during a photo call with the cast of Beauty and the Beast, at The Corinthia Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Emma Watson during a photo call with the cast of Beauty and the Beast, at The Corinthia Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 24, 2017. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The actress was wearing a chunky open-weave bolero jacket with nothing underneath, but the high-fashion picture was cleverly crafted to protect her modesty.

Many fans applauded the shot, but others suggested it undermined Watson's feminist credentials.

Broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer was among those to comment, tweeting: "Emma Watson: 'Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my tits!'"

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