In case you missed it, earlier this week, Emma Watson made a powerful and impassioned speech to the UN, advocating gender equality and asking men to do their part to fight for more rights for women. The speech, which you can watch here, was intelligent, emotional and heartfelt.
It came as a shock then to read today of the backlash the actress has received online since the video went viral. Not only has she been trolled by the usual slew of haters in comments sections everywhere, but in a disgusting and cowardly act, she has also been threatened with having nude photos of her posted online.
A web page titled Emma You Are Next, featuring an image of the Harry Potter star next to a countdown, suggests she will be targeted. The page also features the logo of 4chan, the site which is said to have hosted two recent leaks of naked celebrity photos, although it should be borne in mind that there is nothing to say nude photos of Emma actually do exist, or that she has stored any personal data in her iCloud account.
A journalist for the Washington Post summed up these threats as follows; “It’s just the latest in a long history of online efforts to intimidate, belittle, threaten and cow women into hiding and shutting up – the message of course being if you dare to do or say something we don’t like we’ll expose you in return.”
In my opinion it’s horrible in this day and age that anyone should have to put up with abuse or threats of this nature and it’s time for a drastic change in the way the internet is policed or moderated. Bullying of any kind is one of the most cowardly acts a person can commit, and being able to hide behind a keyboard just makes it all the harder to put a stop to this kind of behaviour. It IS time for gender equality and for change and for women with a voice, like Emma, to be heard.
(Images and source – BBC, 4Chan)