Emma Watson pissed off a lot of people last night when she used Twitter to commemorate the death of her friend and fellow actor Alan Rickman.
Watson was accused of exploiting the death of Mr Rickman when she posted his image superimposed with a quote of his, in which he discusses feminism.
The actress tweeted: “There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist, I think it is to our mutual advantage.”
However, Twitter users were quick to jump on Watson – a UN goodwill ambassador and the pioneer of the UN’s feminist ‘HeForShe’ campaign – for allegedly ‘using Rickman’s death to further her own agenda’.
Trolls on social media weren’t shy about expressing their distaste for Emma’s tweet, either…
Emma, you are a repugnant human being using his death to push your agenda. Go fuck yourself, twat. https://t.co/FDSXXoSb4Y
— Craig Ray (@caustinray72) January 14, 2016
@EmWatson well that was distastefully opportunistic of you…
— NorBdelta (@NorBdelta) January 14, 2016
@EmWatson Using a man's death to push an agenda is pretty low.
— Triggerman (@xtechnoviking) January 14, 2016
— WIProgressiveParty (@WIProgressParty) January 14, 2016
I love you Emma Watson but don't use his death to push your feminist agenda. No better than democratic politicians https://t.co/mqSQgkDDCx
— Taylor Sanders (@tayman47) January 14, 2016
The Harry Potter actress also paid tribute to Rickman on Facebook, saying:
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.
The tweet in question, however, was just one of several Watson made about Rickman’s passing. The actress also tweeted quotes from him about life and acting, as well as a personal statement regarding his death.
Whether you agree with Emma’s decision to tweet THAT particular quote or not, it’s safe to assume that she had good intentions – and that Mr Rickman, himself an ardent proponent of gender equality, would be proud of the legacy he’s left behind, and what Emma is doing to further hers.