Emma Watson is continuing to promote her United Nations-backed HeForShe campaign even after nude photos of her were reportedly going to be leaked on 4Chan. She didn’t publicly acknowledge the threat and instead asked for the support of her Twitter followers for the gender equality campaign.
Watson posted three tweets Tuesday about the feminist campaign and another on Monday, too, after news of the threat went viral.
"I hope we can all finally change laws and mentalities in order to establish what is nothing more than common sense." pic.twitter.com/NtkLpMTUzT— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) September 23, 2014
The people possibly responsible for "the Fappening," the infamous scandal where dozens of celebrity nude photos were leaked online, may be taking aim at Watson, 24, because of her stance on gender equality. “She makes stupid feminist speeches at UN, and now her nudes will be online,” now-deleted messages on 4Chan read, according to the Telegraph.
Even though Watson said “feminism is not man-hating,” the hackers responsible for the nude photo leak are apparently misogynistic. That threat has ignited a backlash on Twitter from people who support Watson and her campaign. Her tweets following the HeForShe speech, and subsequent nude photo threat, have received thousands of favorites and retweets from her followers.
We need feminism because 4chan's reaction to @EmWatson 's speech on gender equality was to threaten to release hacked nude photos of her.— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) September 23, 2014
So...nude photos were leaked of Emma Watson because of her feminism speech at the UN. How pathetic!— Sofia Smith (@SmithSofia) September 23, 2014
Emma Watson's gender equality speech is met with threats to release a nude pic of her <-- everything wrong with the world in one sentence.— Kelly Ann McAteer (@McAteer_KA) September 23, 2014
“I want men to take up this mantle,” Watson said during her speech. “So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too – reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned, and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.”
Her impassioned, widely praised speech did not sit well with everyone. A website, which will not be named here, was created and claims explicit images of Watson will be released Wednesday. But not everyone is convinced hackers have nude images of the "Harry Potter" star. Some Reddit users think the Watson nude photo scandal is a hoax, according to the Guardian, and some Twitter users think even if nude images of Watson emerge, they will be fake.
Menggelabah ah 4chan. Those 'nude' photos of Emma Watson which they plan to leak will probably be fake— Atthiya Khadeja (@thiyakhadeja) September 23, 2014
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