Watson's recent comments to The Guardian about how women are "just as guilty of discriminating against women" and how she has worked with a disproportionate number of male as opposed to female directors have not earned her universal approval.
"Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men, like Steve Chbosky who directed me in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and director James Ponsoldt who I am working with at the moment [on The Circle],” she said.
"Some women can be incredibly prejudiced against other women."
The Regression actress's remarks have spurred online criticism, with claims that her views come from a privileged, white point of view.
*shrugs* idk Emma Watson and her feminism is super problematic but @ the same time feminism isn't massively popularized— JDad (@JESSbethebest) September 29, 2015
pls don't use taylor swift, emma watson, miley cyrus & lena dunham as examples of feminists. their white feminism isn't iconic.— aishah (@LUNALAFAYETTE) September 30, 2015
I like Emma Watson, I really do. But she's certainly not a "game change" or an "icon" when it comes to feminism.— T Deezy (@YaMotha91) September 30, 2015
Emma Watson is not a feminist role model— Yung Abe (@bigbossginger) September 30, 2015
Twitter users also feel she shouldn't seek male approval.
Emma Watson is a problematic fav. I love her but she needs to educate herself and stop trying to get male approval with her white feminism.— Brandon Evers (@BrandonEvrs) September 29, 2015
Emma Watson's views shouldn't be considered feminism, anything that questions black women and seeks male approval is NOT feminism— Mohammed (@mohxmmedali) September 29, 2015
During the interview, Watson discussed her personal experience with sexism, saying that she has worked with male directors 17 times and only twice with female directors.
"But I am lucky: I have always insisted on being treated equally and have generally won that equality. Most of the problems I have encountered have been in the media, where I have been treated so incredibly differently from my male co-stars," she said.
Watson is a vocal supporter of the feminist movement, but judging from the backlash she's received, society may be looking for a champion with more diverse views.
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