Maisie Williams doesn't agree with Emma Watson or her views on feminism

Dec 15, 2014 at 7:20 p.m. ET
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Game of Thrones actress, Maisie Williams, may consider herself a feminist, but she's not that first-world kind of feminist.

In fact, according to Williams' recent interview with the Guardian, the 17-year-old actress explained that she thinks there are a lot bigger issues that people should worry about rather than feminism.

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The topic of Emma Watson's recent UN speech came up during the interview and Williams didn't seem as enthused about it as expected.

"A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, 'that doesn't bother me.' I know things aren't perfect for women in the UK and in America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse."

Williams explained that "first-world feminism" is frustrating to her. She feels there are more pressing issues in the world like breast cancer, which Williams' mom had, and cyberbullying, which Williams herself experienced.

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"There's that constant fight between being myself, and then being a toned-down version of myself — sometimes it seems being myself is 'too much,'" Williams explained.

As a response, Williams took down many of her social media sites and decided not to concern herself with other people's opinions. But she says this is not a unique struggle. Many teenagers are affected by their peers in negative ways.

"Why do I need to hear what other people think of me? I'm happy. Those years are such a strange, strange time because you're just constantly trying to do the right thing and be liked. Or just go under the radar and fit in. And before you know it, you're being attacked by everyone and it's really scary."

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In fact, Williams shared that her mother still monitors her Twitter account. She doesn't post for her daughter, but keeps an eye on things, which Williams said helped because she knew her mom was seeing what she saw, which helped her cope with bullying.

Williams thinks it's an issue that shouldn't so easily be dismissed, "I think it hurts even more [than other forms of bullying]," she said. "Kids are killing themselves. It's very serious."

Do you agree with Williams that there are more important and pressing issues than feminism?