Emma Watson responded to her critics calling her a “diva” and “feminazi” amid her efforts in advocating women’s rights while sending a powerful message around the world.
Watson told Esquire UK that calling her these names won’t stop her from pursuing her advocacies.
“We are not supposed to talk about money, because people will think you’re ‘difficult’ or a ‘diva,’” said Watson. “But there’s a willingness now to be like, ‘Fine. Call me a ‘diva,’ call me a ‘feminazi,’ call me ‘difficult,’ call me a ‘First World feminist,’ call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens. Because it doesn’t just affect me, it affects all the other women who are in this with me, and it affects all the other men who are in this with me, too,” she said.
In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, 25-year-old Watson spoke at the HeForShe’s Arts Week launch at New York City’s Public Theater yesterday. Elle reports that Watson encouraged everyone, women or not, to fight for gender equality. She said culture could be used to send the message—through arts, films and books.
Watson has been a firm advocate of gender equality. In an earlier report by Entertainment Weekly, Watson announced that she would take a break from acting. She would focus on being the ambassador for the United Nation’s HeForShe initiative that pushes for gender equality.
“It’s so awesome to be at the forefront of that wave and that energy and just being able to channel that which I found mildly horrifying — all of the crazy attention on me — and doing something good with it, it just feels like I’m really doing what I’m meant to be doing,” she told Esquire.