Rod Liddle wrote an article for The Sun this week criticising Emma Watson's position as a United Nations ambassador. It was sexist, condescending, belittling and just absolute codswallop.
Liddle stated that "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". Continuing to say "Just like all actresses do if people are stupid enough to give them the chance. Why do we indulge these luvvie slebs, most of whom know nowt?". So, basically, he's saying that an actress isn't allowed to also have educated and political opinions, or a voice as an advocate? That the characters she plays on film are what Emma Watson should be limited to. Let's just reevaluate this, shall we?
Emma Watson is a Brown University graduate, has been involved in the promotion of girls' education for several years and has visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian work. She has been an ambassador for Camped International, and has also been a UN Women Goodwill ambassador for more than two years. Does this sound like a woman who "knows nowt"?.
Note, Liddle uses the word "actresses" rather than "actors", inferring that he deems male actors worthy to speak on political issues, but not female. He also states that "I suppose they got Emma in because Angelina Jolie is a bit tied up with other stuff at the moment". This is ridiculously sexist and derogatory, it firsts infers that Emma Watson is a second choice but also that Angelina Jolie is not capable of fulfilling her advocacy work because of familial problems. Can you imagine him speaking about a man in such a way? No, you can't. Because he wouldn't.
It would be giving The Sun too much credit to be shocked that they'd print such an article, because let's be honest, this is exactly the kind of opinion The Sun and its readers promote. A Sun spokesperson commented "Rod Liddle was echoing a great many people in sharing his exasperation at celebrities that feel they can lecture us mere mortals". It seems that The Sun is also of the assumption that celebrities cannot be both successful entertainers and intelligent.
Personally, I believe it is brilliant when celebrities use their position to speak on important issues, especially for women because our voices are so often marginalised. Maybe, because Liddle is an upperclass, white, male he hasn't ever had a problem with having his voice and opinion heard, and therefore doesn't understand why women need an ambassador in the public eye to be heard. But what do I know? I'm sure he'd see me as a whining, leftie spurting PC crap that I know nowt about....
+ watch Emma Watson's speech above and decide for yourself if she "knows nowt".
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