Emma Watson broke her silence after being accused of prioritizing her Instagram aesthetic over a message showing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 30-year-old actress went to Instagram at midnight on Tuesday to tell her 57.2 million followers “I’m standing with you” as she shared a passionate article about how she would use her platform to fight against “structural and institutional racism”.
Earlier on Tuesday, Emma joined millions of people around the world by displaying a black square, but triggered a backlash by changing it so that it was surrounded by a white border.
Backlash: Emma Watson broke her silence after being accused of prioritizing her Instagram aesthetic over an article showing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement
Social media went down for 24 hours as people spoke out for equality after the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
Emma went viral on Twitter, accusing her of downloading three black squares with the same border just to match her feed.
At midnight, however, Emma downloaded a work of art from her friend Dr. Fahamu Pecou called White Lies, Subtleties, Micro-Aggressions and Other Choking Hazards.
Fury: The 30-year-old actress joined millions of people around the world by displaying a black square, but triggered a backlash by changing it so that it was surrounded by a white border.
The actress wrote, “I was holding off on the publication until the end of #blackouttuesday in the UK,” before sharing a poem written by Dr. Fahamu titled Broken Open of Black Matter Lives.
Emma also posted her own words about the action she was going to take. “There is so much racism in our past and present that is neither recognized nor taken into account.
“White supremacy is one of the systems of hierarchy and domination, exploitation and oppression, which is deeply rooted in society. As a white person, I took advantage of it.
“Although we may think that as individuals we work hard internally to be anti-racist, we have to work harder externally to actively take on the structural and institutional racism that surrounds us.
“I am still learning the many ways I unconsciously support and support a structurally racist system.
Important: The actress, 30, went on Instagram at midnight Tuesday to say to her 57.2 million followers “I am with you” while she shared a passionate post
Powerful: The actress wrote: “I was holding off publishing until the end of #blackouttuesday in the UK”, before sharing a poem written by Dr. Fahamu titled Broken Open of Black Matter Lives
“Over the next few days, I will be using my biological link and Twitter to share links to resources that I have found useful for my own research, learning, listening …
“I see your anger, your sadness and your pain. I can’t know what it looks like for you, but that doesn’t mean I would try.
Racial tensions and riots have intensified across the United States since images emerged of a handcuffed Floyd choking to death while being held by white police officer Derek Chauvin, who was filmed pinning the 46-year-old man to the ground by pressing a knee on the back of his neck.
The message will be applauded by fans who posted Emma’s previous message because she did not include information on how people could either give, educate, sign petitions or how they could help .
One wrote, “Emma Watson claims to be an activist, but instead of posting links to petitions, donations and opening her purse, she got 1 million likes on a photo of ‘a black square with a white border around it to maintain its Instagram aesthetic’.
Coordination: Emma, who has 57.2 million followers, went viral on Twitter, those who accuse her of having downloaded three black squares with the same border just to match her feed
Influential voice: In addition to her acting role in Hollywood, Emma has spearheaded activism and charity work (pictured during the launch of HeForShe by UN Women in 2016)
Another added, “I’m really surprised that Emma Watson was silent. Weren’t you the intersectional feminist? The UN ambassador? I’m so disappointed.’
A third rang: “Emma Watson really posted three other blank black photos so as not to spoil her aesthetic”, while a fourth typed: “Emma Watson said nothing during the whole week, then published a photo black virgin on Instagram who won ‘t help in anything is just the pinnacle of white feminism.’
“Emma Watson has 57.1 million followers on Instagram, her first blm post has over 1 million likes and instead of sharing links to petitions and donations, she thought the best idea was to share three black squares? Wtf is that, open your purse, SPREAD INFORMATION, “another Twitter user has blown away.
Speak! Her subscribers were annoyed that she hadn’t used message attachments on how people could either donate, learn or how they could help
Others have defended actress Harry Potter, however.
One fan wrote, “Are you serious? Have you ever checked what you say about her ??? She has resisted racism many times, but you just ignore her because you think it is a better idea to follow in the footsteps of everyone else who probably hasn’t ALSO checked the facts ???. ‘
“I clearly don’t understand the younger generation. They hang around #EmmaWatson or display three black squares, but there are countless other celebrities who have done nothing … Explanation? I’ll wait, “typed another.
Another fan tweeted: Stop hating Emma Watson for her latest posts on Instagram, as if she’s been a human rights activist for a long time. GET YOUR DUMBA *** S RIGHTS FACTS AND LEAVE ONLY. ‘
Support: However, others have defended the Harry Potter actress, claiming that she has been “human rights activist for the longest time now”
In addition to her acting role in Hollywood, Emma has been a vocal spearhead for activism and charity work.
In July 2014, Beauty and the Beast was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
In September of the same year, Watson gave a speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York to launch the UN Women HeForShe campaign, which calls on men to advocate for gender equality.
Emma’s speech also called feminism “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities” and said that the perception of “hatred of men” should “stop”.
Also in September, Emma made her first visit to the country as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to Uruguay where she delivered a speech highlighting the need for women’s political participation.
Activist: In July 2014, Beauty and the Beast was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
United: Christine Lampard and ex-star of The Apprentice, Luisa Zissman, pledged support for the Black Lives Matter movement
In memory: Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell also posted the post because social media paused for 24 hours after the senseless death of George Floyd
The day after Emma turned 25, the actress placed number 26 on the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people, her very first appearance on the list.
The Black Lives Matters movement comes after the death of African-American George Floyd last week at the age of 46, who died after Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck for several minutes before die of suffocation.
The office of a forensic scientist ruled on Monday that Floyd’s death was a homicide when they appeared to reverse initial reports that he was not strangled when a Minneapolis cop kneeled in the neck when ‘an arrest last week.
The medical examiner’s findings that the death was a homicide by asphyxiation confirmed the same conclusion of the independent autopsy which was also published on Monday, but there are key differences as to the cause.
Chauvin, who is white and was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department for the incident, was hit last week with third degree murder and manslaughter as protests against Floyd’s death raged across the country .
Sparkling indignation: George Floyd died on May 25, after Constable Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while shouting that he could not breathe – his death catalyzed a week of nationwide events