Emma Watson gave an exciting speech, earlier this year, at the U.N. and a lot of people were impressed.
She used her celebrity power to promote women’s movement in order to help define the term “feminism” for the generation of young people who were confused about the meaning of the word.
However, not every person was inspired by Emma’s U.N. speech and many thought that the message which came from young, affluent, white woman was exclusive. Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams said in a recent interview with The Guardian that she was unimpressed with the speech of Emma Watson.
It was expected that Maisie Williams would be asked for her thoughts about the most recent wave of feminism. After all, she has played one of pop culture’s most iconically strong females – Arya Stark, the scrappy survivor. Even though Williams gave her support for Watson and her speech on Twitter back in September, according to The Guardian, “Williams says she is impatient with this kind of ‘first-world feminism'” when Watson was mentioned.
Maisie Williams also talked about her new, upcoming role as the victim of online abuse in the BBC’s Cyber Bully drama and she briefly touched the subject on the kind of harmful, gendered language which become famous by the recent Gamergate controversy before she remarked specifically on Emma Watson.
“There are creepy things that people say online that I shouldn’t have to read, but there are bigger things going on in other countries… 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 stated. The word feminism has been continuously misunderstood.
One week ago, The Hobbit and Lost actress Evangeline Lilly, who played her roles of tough onscreen women, said: “I’m very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don’t even like the word feminism because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I’m not interested in trying to pretend to be a man.
I don’t want to embrace manhood, I want to embrace my womanhood.” Her words found way to the top of Time’s annual Worst Words Poll. The magazine later removed the poll and printed an apology for misinterpretation of the word “feminism,” but the world’s bad reputation remains. This is one more proof that speeches like Watson’s, where the word feminism is used in the right way, are quite necessary.