This is as offensive as it gets.
Last week, actor, social activist and queen of cool, Emma Watson, gave a powerful speech about gender inequality and sexual assault in universities for the UN summit in New York.
Apparently everyone wasn’t impressed.
A few days later, UK columnist Rod Liddle penned an offensive commentary on Watson’s speech for UK tabloid magazine The Sun, calling it ‘whining, leftie, PC crap’.
Liddle not only questions Watson’s knowledge and role as Women Goodwill Ambassador for the UN in the scathing op piece, but also shamelessly belittles her, suggesting she should stick to talking about Harry Potter movies.
‘Hermione Granger has been addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Nope, not kidding. Anyway, instead of telling them all the rules of Quidditch or how to turn someone into a frog, she bored them all rigid with whining, leftie, PC crap. Just like all actresses do if people are stupid enough to give them the chance,’ Liddle wrote.
The no-punches-held piece went on to compare Watson to fellow UN ambassador Angelina Jolie, who Liddle was quick to affirm he doesn’t take seriously, either.
‘I don’t object to them having views and expressing them. I just don’t understand why we take them seriously. I suppose they got Emma in because Angelina Jolie is a bit tied up with other stuff at the moment.’
In her speech, Watson presented a report about sexual assault on campus, and urged universities to make safety “a right, not a privilege” for female students. The self-proclaimed feminist has been actively involved with the UN since 2014, when she famously advocated equal rights for men and women in a rousing speech for the #HeForShe campaign.
Whether or not Liddle was aware of the wildly sexist nature of his remarks or how nonsensical his stance is – he used a speech addressing the gender inequality women face at universities every day as the focus for an op piece undermining female actresses’ rights and intellect – many readers have taken to social media to protest The Sun for publishing a piece that arguably mocks serious issues like sexual assault.
— sarah elizabeth (@sarahewheeler_) September 23, 2016
Others wittingly used Liddle’s own words to show the paper can’t be taken seriously.
— Nate Ruegger (@NateRuegger) September 23, 2016
Watch Watson’s entire, powerful UN speech from earlier this week, below.
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Comment: Do you think it was inappropriate of The Sun to print Liddle’s comments?