‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams Criticizes Emma Watson’s Feminism Campaign

By Kathleen Villaruben | 2 years ago
‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams Criticizes Emma Watson’s Feminism Campaign

A popular actress advocating for something sensitive and essential is a breath of fresh air. Emma Watson is not just a pretty face, but she is also serious about feminism and gender equality that her speech last Sept. 20, 2014 at the United Nations received a standing ovation. The 24-year-old actress, iconic for her role as Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter,” established the HeForShe campaign. Read on to know why some people are not convinced with the campaign.

HeForShe campaign is addressing the longtime gap between men and women. It aims to gather as many people from the male population to advocate gender equality. Watson wants to correct wrong views about feminism in the modern generation. Her campaign helps define feminism for the younger generation with more clarity.


However, some people are not fans of Watson’s campaign. They find it biased since she is a literate white woman from the upperclass. Some of the unconvinced people are even celebrities. Maisie Williams’ remark is one of the most newsworthy.

Williams, best known as Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones,” was talking about her role in an upcoming BBC drama, “Cyber Bully,” as a victim of online abuse and the infamous gendered language from Gamergate controversy before giving her opinions about Watson’s campaign.

Despite supporting Watson’s speech last September through Twitter, Williams said she is impatient with feminism in the first-world countries. “A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, ‘That doesn’t bother me,’” the 17-year-old actress told Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett from the Guardian. She said she knew things are imperfect for European and American women, but the female population in other countries have it worse.

It was predictable Williams would be asked about feminism because she plays the role of an iconic female character, Arya.

Evangeline Lilly from “Lost” and “The Hobbit” also gave her opinion about the campaign. She is also known to play strong women on screen.

“I don’t like the word ‘feminism’ because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men,” she said.

She claimed she is proud being a woman and has no interest to embrace manhood.

Major Gamergate players, 4chan and 9GAG, contributed to the negative connotation of feminism. They used their popularity to get the word “feminist” to top Time’s yearly Worst Words Poll. The magazine pulled out the poll and published an apology. However, the misconception of the word remains.

During the UN speech, Watson asked why feminism became an unpopular word based on her research. She said most women are ashamed to be identified as feminists because of that.


“I think it is right that I am paid the same as my male counterparts,” Watson said. She said she thinks it is right that she should decide about her own body and be respected like men.

According to Vanity Fair, addressing issues in your own country does not mean ignoring women’s rights abroad. Negative connotations about feminism only prove that campaigning about the proper definition of feminism is important.

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