Emma Watson has faced a backlash on Twitter over comments she made in a recent Guardian article, in which she said: “Some of the best feminists I have encountered are men”.
She went in to further detail, saying: “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].”
In the article, which was about sexism in the film industry, Watson also said women are “just as guilty of discriminating against women” as men, adding, “Some women can be incredibly prejudiced against other women!”
Twitter users expressed anger at her comments, slamming her for seeking male approval.
Emma Watson is a problematic fav. I love her but she needs to educate herself and stop trying to get male approval with her white feminism.
— Brandon Evers (@BrandonEvrs) September 29, 2015
Since becoming the United Nations’ Women Goodwill Ambassador Watson has tried to create a more inclusive type of feminism, extending a formal invitation to men to be a part of the gender equality debate as well.
She said in a speech:
The more I’ve spoken about feminism, the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.
Unfortunately some people aren’t ready to embrace her “problematic” stance.