Harry Potter actress Emma Watson is no stranger to activism – she's been a UN Goodwill Ambassador since 2014, speaking regularly on issues facing women across the world, particularly in conflict zones. She gave another rousing speech to the UN in New York this week, focusing on equality and campus assault, using her global celebrity to shed light on vitally important issues. A cause for celebration, you'd think. Not according to Sun columnist Rod Liddle, who this morning dismissed Watson's efforts in a frankly disgraceful piece of crass, offensive gutter journalism.
We're not exactly surprised – both the paper and the author have previous when it comes to bile of this nature – but this seems extreme even for them. Would Liddle write the same piece about a male actor? Is the issue of campus rape not serious enough to warrant equally serious treatment? And how can someone who writes this sort of thing continue to call themselves a journalist?