The digital space has again spewed out a torrent of online hate at its latest recipient, Emma Watson. April Davis is sick of cowardly responses to brave deeds and words.
Emma Watson has taken a hit in the online community this week following her UN speech on feminism.
The French-born, English-raised actress and model is making waves for all the right reasons, inspiring millions of people across the globe.
However, as with any prominent issue, there are always the shit talkers with their online hate and negativity.
Emma Watson’s speech to the UN was her first in her new capacity as the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, which accompanied the launch of the HeforShe campaign that promotes gender equality on a global scale.
Now, as much as we like to sit back in our comfortable homes and think gender equality is no longer an issue, we are entirely wrong in doing so. For example, in Australia the average woman earns up to a fifth less than a man of the same working equivalence and men earn as much as double a woman does in superannuation.
That’s just a small peek at a much larger issue Emma Watson is trying to fight.
As inspiring as her speech was, an anonymous online group has responded unkindly by making threats against her. This group has gone so far as to set up a website titled “Emma You Are Next”, with threats spreading across the web that she will be the next victim of the online photo leak scandal that has most recently seen naked photos of Vanessa Hudgens and Kim Kardashian go viral. Emma had spoken out about the photo leaks earlier in the month, expressing dismay at the lack of privacy for women.
It’s widely believed that the prime motivation for the attack is because Watson spoke up about women’s rights and, due to her decree that feminism has become synonymous with “man-hating”, she called on men to take up the mantle for gender equality.
So, for her boldness on speaking up about an issue most of us push aside, Emma Watson has been “rewarded” by becoming the victim of an online hate community. Obviously, that’s the logical response to an inspirational speech.
This online hate campaign that’s been launched against her is proof that many people still regard women as lesser than men, and despite the phenomenal response to Watson’s speech, that anyone who fights for women’s rights will still be victimised by haters.
We may as well go back to the 1950’s, apparently we haven’t made as much progress as we thought we had.