Emma Watson Would Like You to Vote (Because She Can’t)
Though Emma Watson is a woman of many things, she’s not a registered voter. As a British citizen with close ties to the United States, she says it’s been “excruciating” to watch election unfold knowing she can’t cast a vote.
In a lengthy letter shared on her Twitter, the Harry Potter star urges Americans — particularly women — to exercise their democratic right because their vote could change the outcome of the election.
“America is my second home. I have friends there that I think of as family,” she writes. “The next president will be able to make decisions about women, about their bodies, about how they are treated at work, on university campuses and at school, about how men treat women and about their rights as citizens. These decisions will affect how young people form their ideas of gender. These decisions will affect whether we believe equality is an idea that matters.”
“In the last election, 70 million women cast ballots versus 60 million men. Women, your vote could swing this election,” she continues. “You have real power to decide for future generations to come.”
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) October 25, 2016
However, Watson isn’t the only Brit to have spoken out about the Stateside election. Earlier this month, Adele said she felt “sorry” and “embarrassed” for Americans at the moment.
Watson’s comments follow the third and finale presidential debate, where Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump touted false facts about abortions, dodged allegations of harassment from multiple women, and called his opponent, Hillary Clinton, a “nasty woman.”