Emma Watson faces online criticism for her comments about male feminists

Oct 1, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. ET
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In the past, Emma Watson has been praised for starting a conversation about gender equality, but she now finds herself receiving harsh backlash for the very same reason.

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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."

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The Regression actress's remarks have spurred online criticism, with claims that her views come from a privileged, white point of view.

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Twitter users also feel she shouldn't seek male approval.

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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.

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"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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