Ed Holtom’s Letter to Telegraph about Emma Watson Received Worldwide Attention [WATCH VIDEO]

By Ambika Thakur | 3 years ago
Ed Holtom’s Letter to Telegraph about Emma Watson Received Worldwide Attention [WATCH VIDEO]
Emma Watson filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire in May 2009./ Alex Douglas

The “Harry Potter actress,” and now U.N. Women Global Goodwill Ambassador, delivered an inspiring speech about feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City while launching a new campaign. Ed Holtom, a 15-year-old from St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, wrote to the British newspaper over the weekend to discuss Watson’s Sept. 21, 2014 United Nations speech, which she made on behalf of gender equality and the HeForShe campaign.  Read on to learn more about Movie News Guide’s (MNG) report about Ed Holtom’s letter commending  Emma Watson and highlighting the importance her message could have for those who do not believe gender discrimination exists, published in the Sunday Telegraph.

Ed Holtom’s letter, published in the Sunday Telegraph, received positively on social media for demonstrating an understanding of gender issues that many adults today don’t fully realize. Ed Holtom, a 15-year-old student at an all-boys school in England, has achieved worldwide consideration for his earnest letter about Watson.

“I watched Emma Watson’s U.N. speech and agreed with everything she said, so I was disappointed by how ignorant some of the other boys in my class were about it,” Holtom wrote.  Holtom supported Watson’s notion that there shouldn’t be a negative association with being a feminist, adding that gender equality is not just about equal pay. He wrote that people should “stop pressuring each other to fit stereotypes” and “must not let gender define us.”His full letter can be read here.

The boy’s letter went viral, and he proudly shared it on social media.



Holtom’s letter was republished by a many news sites and swiftly gained foothold on social media, where many users commended his views as extraordinarily thoughtful for someone his age.

Nicholas Pegg, a British actor and writer, described the letter as “magnificent” and posted a link to it on Twitter.

“Writes the sort of letter you want to read from today’s schoolboys, and tomorrow’s men,” wrote Actor-director Samuel West wrote on Twitter.

“For the record, feminism by definition is: ‘The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities,” she said while giving a formal invitation to male members of her audience to join her in her campaign, in which she said, “I’m inviting you to step forward, to be seen, and to ask yourself…if not me, who? If not now, when?” Check out the rest of her speech here. Undoubtedly the Brown University alum has inspired people across the globe by her inspirational speech at the UN to launch the #HeForShe campaign.

And that’s all about Emma Watson doing great job being Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women. For more updates on your favorite celebrities, check Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.

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