I hope you’re sitting down right now because your rage levels are about to fly off the charts.
Emma Watson — you remember her: talented, once played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, is a badass feminist activist — recently spoke before the United Nations in New York about gender equality and campus sexual assault as part of her role as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador a founder of the HeForShe campaign.
So far so good, right?
Well, apparently a writer in the U.K. — one Rod Liddle — took umbrage with Watson’s speech and shared some less-than-savory words about her in a recent column in The Sun.
Did we say “less-than-savory”? We meant totally and completely appalling.
But wait! Hold onto your hats, friends, because Liddle’s column gets worse:
“Just like all actresses do if people are stupid enough to give them the chance. Why do we indulge these luvvie slebs, most of whom know nowt? I don’t object to them having views and expressing them. I just don’t understand why we take them seriously. I suppose they got Emma in because Angelina Jolie is a bit tied up with other stuff at the moment.”
You can read the column in full below if you want the full rage-inducing effect.
Offered without comment - The Sun's response to Emma Watson addressing the UN about gender equality and sexual assault pic.twitter.com/KQ0MPSJGbL
So, while Watson was at the U.N. delivering a powerful speech on campus rape — it was riveting, by the way, and you should really check it out — Liddle was spewing sexist, disgusting nonsense from behind his computer screen. Another day, another troll.
Unfortunately, online harassment — especially of young women — has become far too common. In fact, according to a 2016 survey, 76 percent of women under 30 have been harassed online. That statistic that should be startling to anyone who has ever known a young woman because, as Watson said in her speech, “when one person’s safety is violated, the safety of everyone should feel violated.” And she’s absolutely right.