Eek. After posting a quote from Alan Rickman on her Twitter account shortly after his death, Emma Watson came under fire. Sadly, some angry fans believe she’s using his death as a way to promote feminism.
Emma Watson, 25, learned the hard way that sometimes the internet can be a very cruel place. While paying tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman, the Harry Potter actress was attacked by several Twitter users for “politicizing” his death.
Well, this is pretty crappy. Although Emma spent most of Thursday, Jan. 14 remembering Alan Rickman on social media, she ended up being blasted by those who completely misunderstood one of her tweets. Emma, a self-proclaimed and very vocal feminist, shared one of her favorite quotes by Alan in which he declares himself a feminist. You can see it below:
“There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist, I think it is mutual to our mutual advantage,” Alan once said, according to the image Emma shared on her Twitter account. Sadly, the quote was not well received, and she was repeatedly panned with some very ugly and cruel comments by those who felt she was using his death to exploit her political agenda. Ouch.
Check out some of the not-so-nice tweets that Emma received below:
Emma Watson using Alan Rickman's death to push her feminism campaign is really fucking low wow…
— sweendug. (@heyrachael_) January 15, 2016
.@EmWatson oh wow, you're using someone's death to push a completely unrelated agenda. this is so, so gross.
— Chloë Price (@Dekashoko) January 14, 2016
— Winston Smith (@1984WS1) January 14, 2016
@EmWatson What better way to honor someone deceased than politicizing his death?
— Michelle Most (@GoldenSnowflake) January 14, 2016
@EmWatson man get outta here using a mans death to further your agenda
— D.J. (ΣΦΕ) (@ThatGuyDJ10) January 14, 2016
— Alan Reid (@alfred6606) January 14, 2016
Bummer. Unfortunately for all of those haters, it seems very clear that Emma was only honoring a man she knew and loved very much by sharing one of her favorite qualities of his with the world. Thankfully it seems like lots of her fans have jumped to defend Emma on Twitter now, so it’s great that she’s now seeing more support than anything else.
Our thoughts remain with Alan’s friends and family during this very difficult time.
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do YOU think Emma was pushing an agenda, or do you think she was just honoring her friend? Comment below with your thoughts!