Getting Ugly

Now the Beyhive Comes After Emma Watson for Hypocrisy

Emma Watson is under attack from all sides over her revealing Vanity Fair shoot. Now Beyoncé’s fans are displeased too; uh-oh.

03.06.17 10:31 AM ET

Don’t mess with the Beyhive.

Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson has been accused of hypocrisy by fans of Beyoncé, after she clapped back at critics who accused her of betraying her feminist pinciples for allowing a revealing photograph to be taken by Vanity Fair.

The Beyhive is abuzz after Watson defended the revealing image of her in an open white crocheted bolero jacket with nothing on underneath, saying that criticism of her decision to expose her body was mystifying.

While promoting her new movie, Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, Watson, 26, said her critics were distorting what it means to be a feminist.

“It just always reveals to me how many misconceptions and what a misunderstanding there is about what feminism is,” she said.

“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with.

“It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.

“I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it. It’s very confusing.”

However, Bey’s fans have now unearthed an interview from 2014 in which Watson appeared to criticize Beyoncé’s sexy performance in a video to a song accompanying her eponymous album of that year.

While Beyoncé’s outspoken views on feminism, politics, and sexuality were widely applauded, Watson told Wonderland magazine, “As I was watching [the videos] I felt very conflicted, I felt her message felt very conflicted in the sense that on the one hand she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her.”

Watson is being accused of hypocrisy, having rejected suggestions by the likes of British journalist and talk-show host Julia Hartley-Brewer, who tweeted, alongside the picture: “Emma Watson: Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my t- -s!”

Hartley-Brewer, who has a reputation as a stirrer-up of trouble, was widely condemned for the remarks, which, critics pointed out, simply further objectified Watson.

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In addition to being a UN goodwill ambassador, Watson has helped launched HeForShe, a UN campaign encouraging men to advocate for feminism.

But will that cut any ice with the most devoted band of fans in the business?

That’s doubtful.