Stephanie Hallett
September 23, 2016 11:19 am
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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.

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.

We’re standing by you, Emma!

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