Emma Watson Responds to ‘Feminazi’ Criticism: ‘It Just Doesn’t Affect Me’

Hermione remains unbothered.

No amount of criticism can stop Emma Watson from speaking out about gender injustices as she embarks on year away from acting. The actress, who has been labeled as a ‘feminazi’ by some, told People that she’s going to mind her own business while the haters look on from the outside.

“We are not supposed to talk about money,” she says, “because people will think you’re ‘difficult’ or a ‘diva.’ But there’s a willingness now to be like, ‘Fine. Call me a ‘diva’, call me a ‘feminazi’, call me ‘difficult,’ call me a ‘First World feminist’, call me whatever you want, it’s not going to stop me from trying to do the right thing and make sure that the right thing happens.

“Because it doesn’t just affect me. “Whether you are a woman on a tea plantation in Kenya, or a stockbroker on Wall Street, or a Hollywood actress, no one is being paid equally.”

The UN Goodwill Ambassador and creator of HeForShe, an organization that aims to involve men in the fight for feminism, divulged on her own experiences of sexism without attributing the problem as her own.

“I’ve had my arse slapped as I’ve left a room,” she said. “I’ve felt scared walking home. I’ve had people following me. I don’t talk about these experiences much, because coming from me they’ll sound like a huge deal and I don’t want this to be about me, but most women I know have experienced it and worse.”

Watson plans to take the next year off from acting to study feminism “on the ground” after she appears in The Circle with John Boyega and portrays Belle in the live version of Beauty and the Beast. Her instinct was to return to college, but paving her own curriculum was more invaluable.

“I was learning so much on my own,” she said. “I actually wanted to keep on the path that I’m on. I’m reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening.”