Emma Watson
Emma Watson continued to promote her HeForShe feminism campaign, even after 4Chan threatened to leak nude photos of her online. Reuters

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.

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.

“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.

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