Say you get one negative comment out of 100 compliments. How come that’s the only one that stands out, the one that sticks with us? Are we sadists? Not really. Perfectionists, maybe. It would be nice if we could take all the good and roll with it and let the bad roll off our backs but that’s not how many (most?) of us are built. That one negative thing stays with us and while it would be great if we could ignore it, chances are, it’ll be the one thing that we can’t get out of our heads and overanalyze to death.
Take Emma Watson, for instance. Could she be a more amazing human being? She’s a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations and has been fighting for gender equality for as long as we can remember. You know, along with making blockbuster movies.
Emma debuted a clip from a new short film she helped make called Hurdles. Set to Sia‘s “Chandelier,” it features footage from the women’s hurdles final from the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Emma is clearly passionate as she narrates about equality, before important dates in the fight for women’s rights appear onscreen.
On top of that, Watson recently made an epic speech for the HeForShe campaign in New York, challenging universities to provide “equal respect, leadership and pay” in order to “tell women that their brain power is valued.” She encouraged universities to “make it clear” that the safety of women, minorities and anyone else who may be or feel vulnerable is “a right, not a privilege.”
All kinds of amazing, right? Well, not according to Sun writer Rod Liddle, who blasted Watson for boring everyone rigid “with whining, leftie, PC crap,” and that “Hermione Granger” should stick to talking about “the rules of quidditch or how to turn someone into a frog.”
Offered without comment – The Sun’s response to Emma Watson addressing the UN about gender equality and sexual assault pic.twitter.com/KQ0MPSJGbL
— Louise Ridley (@LouiseRidley) September 23, 2016
Of course, he doesn’t object to “them” (“them” being actresses) having views; he just doesn’t “understand why we take them seriously.” He also had to throw in that the UN got Emma to talk because “Angelina Jolie is a bit tied up with other stuff at the moment.”
We bet he thinks he’s so clever. It’s one thing for this dude to have this archaic opinion, but for one of the U.K.’s national publications (yes, it’s The Sun, but still) to give him a page to share his archaic opinion is beyond us. Emma hasn’t responded but we’re hoping this is something she is able to ignore, vanquish from her brain and move on to her next awesome thing. Because this guy and his words do not need to be remembered. Ever.
Our thoughts exactly.