Hackers have attempted to undermine Emma Watson’s “game-changing” UN speech on feminism.
The UN Women Goodwill Ambassador gave a stirring speech for the gender equality campaign “HeForShe” at the weekend. For the speech, which was hailed as “game-changing,” and “powerful”, she received a standing ovation.
“She’s been waving a magic wand. I hope you use your magic wand to end violence against women,” joked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about the Harry Potter actor.
But as well as world leaders, her talk captured the attention of online trolls. Angry users of the 4Chan website described her speech as “stupid” and called her a “feminist bitch”.
Now one 4Chan user is threatening to leak nude photos of the 24-year-old. The anonymous user has set up a website with a countown warning that the pictures will be published online in roughly three days.
Along with the clock and an image of the actor, the site features the unnerving message: “Brought to you by 4chan. NEVER FORGET, THE BIGGEST TO COME THUS FAR.”
Whether or not the images materialise remains to be seen, but Watson would be the latest in a long line of celebrities to have their private pictures hacked and uploaded.
Watson has previously taken to Twitter to comment on the hacking scandal.
“Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy,” she wrote.
Since becoming a Goodwill Ambassador earlier this year, Watson has been vocal about various feminism and gender issues.
In her speech, in New York at the weekend, she said: “I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.
“Why is the word such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body.
“I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.”
Watson addressed concerns that, because she is an actor, she will not be taken seriously:
“You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up on stage at the UN. It’s a good question and, trust me, I have been asking myself the same thing. I don’t know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.
“And having seen what I’ve seen – and given the chance – I feel it is my duty to say something. English statesman Edmund Burke said: ‘All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to do nothing’.”