“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson paid tribute to her onscreen professor, Alan Rickman. However, some fans did not like Ms. Granger’s message.
According to News.com.au, fans found Watson’s message quite offensive. They accused her of using his death to push for her feminist agenda. In 2014, she was appointed as United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador.
Watson posted a photo of Rickman wherein a text reads, “There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist, I think it is to our mutual advantage.” The quote was from the late actor.
In response to her message, fans criticised Watson.
Musician Nick Ivers from Oregon wrote, “Wow, you’re using the death of your friend to push your agenda. That’s actually horrible.”
“Don’t talk about feminist right now, we don’t give a f**k. A man died and you’re just talking about him being a feminist Emma?,” Twitter user @olddirtyzeeko added.
As mentioned on the site, it wasn’t the first time that Emma Watson faced social media backlash for voicing out her opinion. In an interview with The Guardian last year, the actress was asked about sexism in the film industry. Watson mentioned that some of the best feminists are men.
“Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men, like Steve Chbosky who directed me in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and director James Ponsoldt who I am working with at the moment [on The Circle].”
Aside from the photo above, Watson also posted other quotes of Rickman. The “Harry Potter” star even included a personal statement on the actor’s death.
“I’m very sad to hear about Alan today. I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I’ll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you,” she posted on Facebook.
Likewise, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is devastated on the sad news.
“We have lost a great talent. They have lost part of their hearts,” Rowling posted in her social media account.