Sophie Turner and Emma Watson have a fair few things in common. They’re both talented actors, for starters, and both began their careers when they were very young. And, of course, both women are famed for appearing in critically acclaimed fantasy franchises based on books.
And Turner and Watson are equally keen to support the sisterhood at all times – a fact which was demonstrated when the Game of Thrones star leapt to Watson’s defence on Twitter.
Last year, Harry Potter star Watson delivered a powerhouse speech at the #HeForShe’s IMPACT report on gender equality in universities to the United Nations.
Addressing her audience, the UN Goodwill Ambassador for Women questioned why colleges weren’t doing more about sexual assault on campus.
“What if our experience at university shows us that women don’t belong in leadership?” she asked.
“What if it shows us that, yes, women can study, but they shouldn’t lead a seminar?
“What if, as still in many places around the world, it shows that women don’t belong there at all? What if, as is the case in far too many universities, we are given the message that sexual violence isn’t actually a form of violence?”
Watson continued: “Importantly right now, the [university] experience must make it clear that the safety of women, minorities, and anyone who might be vulnerable is a right and not a privilege.”
It was an eloquent call to action – but, as always, there was one misogynist out there who was determined to belittle and berate Watson for her comments.
Referring to the actor as nothing more than the character she famously portrayed, Hermione Granger, The Sun’s Rod Liddle insisted that “she bored them all rigid with whining, leftie, PC crap. Just like all actresses do if people are stupid enough to give them the chance.”
Scoffing that anyone would dare take a “luvvie sleb” seriously, he also made a few tone-deaf jokes about Quidditch and chocolate frogs, before concluding that “they got Emma in because Angelina Jolie is a bit tied up with other stuff at the moment”.
Naturally, his comments sparked outrage – and it wasn’t long before a digital raven was winging its way to the real-life Sansa Stark.
“Rod Liddle, mate,” wrote Game of Thrones’ Turner, presumably with a roll of her eyes and well-timed sigh of disgust. “Emma has more class, intelligence and eloquence in her little finger than you have in your whole body.”
Of course, her metaphorical mic drop has been praised far and wide across the internet.
Let's be real. If they're gonna call her "Hermione" they better know that Hermione is 100% qualified to talk about it, too.— Linds 🌸 (@loveliestlinds) September 26, 2016
The women of the internet are in formation.
Watson has been, of course, far too busy dedicating her efforts towards the empowerment of young women and serving as advocate for the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign to respond to Liddle herself.
“The chance to make a real difference is not an opportunity that everyone is given and is one I have no intention of taking lightly,” she said.
“Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting.”
And we’ve no doubt whatsoever that she’s be every bit as happy with Turner’s riposte as everyone else is.
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