Emma Watson is many things: acclaimed actor, feminist, Oxford-educated English Literature graduate, activist, human rights advocate and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
What she is not, apparently, is keen on grammar.
Watson, 27, debuted a new tattoo on her arm bearing the words ‘Times Up’ in support of Hollywood’s movement against sexual harassment.
She seemed unaware the apostrophe was missing from her new ink.
Someone call the Grammar Police:
Some have criticised Watson’s choice to ink herself – an ironically ignorant stance to take considering the message behind it is so closely tied into the notion of female body autonomy.
Luckily, on closer inspection you can tell the slogan is a temporary tattoo, so the Grammar Nazis can calm down and the error won’t last long.
Check it out in all its glory here:
What would her most famous alter ego, the bookish Hermione Granger, think?
Well, she’d probably forgive a little bad spelling in the name of a much-needed movement against the systematic sexual abuse perpetrated by people in positions of power, which has been swept under the rug for decades.
Just a guess.
Emma Watson has been an ardent champion of women’s rights for many years.
Off the silver screen, Watson began a feminist book club, championed other activists like Malala Yousafzai, and took up the mantle of starting the HeForShe campaign, which encourages men to advocate for gender equality.
During her July 2014 campaign speech at the UN Headquarters in New York she described being ‘sexualised by certain elements of the media’ at the age of fourteen after starring in the Harry Potter franchise.
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So, it’s no surprise to see Emma showing her solidarity with other women who have been victimised by sexism in Hollywood, with varying and horrifying consequences.
Posting to Twitter after the ‘Me Too’ campaign went viral, she wrote:
I stand with all the women who have been sexually harassed, and am awestruck by their bravery. This mistreatment of women has to stop.
We are bringing it home to the UK! @timesupnow
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) February 18, 2018
Hollywood was forced to take a long look in the mirror when allegations of sexual harassment – ranging from groping to rape – were brought forth against mogul, Harvey Weinstein.
To date, over 100 women have accused the former Miramax boss of sexual misconduct. Other actors who have shared their own stories of sexual harassment include Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, and Reese Witherspoon.
Weinstein denies all criminal allegations.
God this picture of harvey Weinstein & emma Watson gives me the creeps ? pic.twitter.com/EeLmkFC3NS
— Mammacitaaaa? (@_xoLIV) December 20, 2017
Last night – as was bound to happen – Jimmy Kimmel opened the 90th Academy Awards with a series of Weinstein digs, pointing out Oscar, the inanimate statuette namesake of the awards, is the most respected man in Hollywood.
The talk-show host said:
Oscar is the most respected man in Hollywood – he keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word and, most importantly, no penis at all.
He is literally a statute of limitations, and that’s the kind of men we need more of in this town.
The Time’s Up movement, founded by a collective of Hollywood leading ladies, saw most female attendees at the 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony (January 7) don black garments in a public display of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment.
The Time’s Up initiative is backed by more than 300 women in Hollywood including Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Jessica Chastain, and and Oprah Winfrey.
You can watch Winfrey’s powerful speech below:
The group banded together to advocate for gender parity in executive ranks and provide legal defence aid of $13 million (£9m) for sexual harassment victims.
While Hollywood has a long way to go to reach fair treatment for minorities, it’s incredible to watch public figures supporting each other, as women, on issues which affect far too many.
It’s about time too.
For support and information, you can call the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid on 0808 2000 247.
You can also call the Men’s Advice Line (managed by Respect) on 0808 801 0327.