Emma Watson posted a series of tribute tweets as a memorial to her late Harry Potter co-star Alan Rickman, but one in particular caused a rash of sexist criticism.
Watson, who played Hermione in the famous films and also happens to be a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and spokesperson for the HeForShe campaign, tweeted a heartfelt statement about Rickman’s death and followed it with graphics of some of her favorite quotes of his.
One of those, about feminism, really seemed to tick off some Twitter users, and we can probably all guess why, since she didn’t get that kind of negative response from any of her other dedications.
But lost in the hate is the fact that Watson actually tweeted several of her favorite Rickman quotes, not just one that happened to be related to an area of her work. And surprise! None of those other tweets received this kind of negative feedback.
So what could have possibly been behind the backlash to the feminism quote? We have an idea. Is starts with “sex” and ends with “ism,” and it is pretty clear, comparing the responses to the three tweets, that this is exactly what is behind the haterade.
Watson has so far stayed above the fray and not fed into the trolls, but it will be interesting to see if she does have any response in the coming days. If not, it could be that she just doesn’t want to fan the flames of an issue that would just take away from her intention, which is to memorialize a friend and mentor.