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Emma Watson spoke up for women's rights at the UN – but to The Sun it's just 'whining, leftie, PC crap'

Emma Watson spoke up for women's rights at the UN – but to The Sun it's just 'whining, leftie, PC crap'

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?

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Jon L
Jon L

The gender equality debate is a complete scam run by some of the worst of the left PC brigade and goes something like:

Catcalling is more important than male suicide

Rich privileged female actresses are more oppressed than homeless men

If less women than men choose science it must be sexism but women not choosing to work in heavy industry  is OK.

We must fight for equal rights in the West although  no one can name a single right women do not enjoy over men.


alejandromolinac o
alejandromolinac o

So this girl screams for equality when she employs armed security when she attended her graduation, Colleges are Gun Free Zones… She's on the Panama Papers, oh yeah I forget It was cause she wanted to buy a house, makes me roll my eyes…. 

Chuck M
Chuck M

I find it amazing when people on the glorious Right publish with out providing factual information. Even more amazing when you can get paid enough to earn a living. Fortunately, in today's era the availability of information from multiple sources provide facts for those interested. While the world isn't perfect, we do have the opportunity to provide others with the encouragement to view information from sources with differing views! The hope is we as humanity will continually better ourselves.

Samuel C
Samuel C

Although I applaud Emma for using her name for a cause, what she is doing is nothing shy of beating a dead horse - which is essentially what this writer was saying in a disrespectful way. 


My only problem with gender equality is that women want everything, but they also want to be treated as the helpless damsels that society has treated them for all of history. If you want equality, then try working at the docks on a fork lift. Try climbing up a cell tower for a repair job. Try construction on a skyscraper building welding I - beams. 


If your not willing to do that then it's not equality you want, it's dominance over men and society in general. Also without men busting our asses everyday doing all the physical work we do in the elements, we wouldn't have the modern society we have today. Just a thought.

Christina D
Christina D

@Samuel C You are not "beating a dead horse" when the reason people have to keep speaking out about certain subjects is because they do not listen or care and his response is PROOF of that.  Have they stopped mutilating young girls sexual organs, given them the right to marry who they love, in the middle east.  Have college date rapes gone down-how do we know when women are still to afraid to turn rapists in, because of comments like, she's just whining cause he didn't call her the next day.   And it's not just this subject, in the USA almost everyday now I am reading that another black man has been shot, unarmed.  So as long as there is inequality in this world, people will speak out about it.  Oh, one more thing I know plenty of women who do jobs right along side of their husbands.  I am an accountant and work with small business owners.  Where the wife will be out helping digging the holes for in ground swimming pools, or helping training and taking care of horses along side of her husband.  I even know businesses that are run by the wives while the husband stays home and plays mommy.( Beauty Salon)  But what I see is  team work, families working together to make it through year to year.  Wives working two jobs so their husband can complete a degree, and the other way around also.  If you want to stop women from having equal rights, then you make that friend of yours, you know the one, every guy has one.  You make him pay child support for his children, get and keep a job, actually spend time with their children, and if they won't then all the other men who call him friend can chip in and take care of his family for him.  I bet your mind would change real f-ing fast if you had to do that.

Mytheroo .
Mytheroo .

@Christina D @Samuel C @Christina D @Samuel C Middle east? Have they stopped mutilating young boy's sexual organs IN THE WEST? In your street? IN YOUR FAMILY?!"?

Colleges are the SAFEST places to be wrt sexual assault.
No unarmed black men have been shot. They all had arms. Most had guns. 99% were disobeying the instructions of armed police. Twice as many whites are shot as blacks, even though blacks are the cause of most violent crime and are more likely to encounter cops who are in shoot-to-kill mode based on the dangerousness of the felon.

These are your lies that get retold time and time again, and your failure to understand how you are lying is the real problem. 

Did you even stop to think about male genital mutilation as you wrote those words?

Did you?

......

Rivka S
Rivka S

Wow, this writer, if you can call him that, from the Sun must be on HIS period!  Isn't that the excuse they use with women?


Mytheroo .
Mytheroo .

@Rivka S in real life, if you ever get there, you'll find men don't talk about periods.  It's the women in the workplace that talk about periods, especially if they feel the need to excuse some not-so-nice behaviour or remarks that some nagging twinge of empathy is hinting that they maybe shouldn't have said or done.

Shelby T
Shelby T

She's most definitely a hell of a lot more educated than whoever wrote this shit.

Alan L
Alan L

freedom of speech! - unless you're not saying what i want you to say!

Jessica B
Jessica B

@Alan L Nobody is trying to arrest them. Freedom of Speech doesn't protect you from criticism, no matter how wrong the criticism actually is. Freedom of Speech protects you from going to jail for expressing your beliefs.

Ian W
Ian W

I have a lot of respect for Rod Liddle who is a knowledgeable and articulate journalist who cuts through the bullshit. Emma Watson is has-been actress who knows nothign and who is pushing forward a toxic ideology under the disguise of gender equality.  

Ensemble D
Ensemble D

Ah, yes, the gender-baiting... I love this little gem: "Would Liddle write the same piece about a male actor?"

Yes, probably, because men can espouse stupid ideas just as well as women can, Mr. Huddleston. Why do you find it unthinkable to value men and women on the same ground for once? I find that very boldly chauvinistic of you.

Bunny H
Bunny H

*Slow clap*...well aren't you clever... Well done.

pam h
pam h

Interesting that the "journalist" thinks actors know nothing. To be a good actor, you have to have a wide knowledge of human nature. And the number of actors going public with thoughtful comments on various issues is telling. 

Mytheroo .
Mytheroo .

@pam h though true, you'll find actors have the least self-knowledge, which is the important knowledge if you want to be "thoughtful" on things.

Do you really think actors are contributing to the struggle to stop the lies and race-baiting? 

Which actors are telling black men to stay with their children? 

Which are putting the records straight about earnings disparities due to sexism (the non-existence of it)?

Which actors are standing up for equal parental rights for men?

tumbleweeds abound.............


VT H
VT H

To be clear, there are no such thing as journalists any more. That went out way back in the 70s and 80s. Journalism died when 60 minutes caved to corporate pressure over tobacco companies and lied.

It is all about sales and money. Rod Liddle obviously gets that. The Sun prints him because he attracts readers and gets press.

Regardless of what anyone thinks of his comments, Emma Watson only had to reach the people in that room. I certainly hope that she did.

0.163937205322
0.163937205322

Well he did say it all when he said "I haven't a clue" just about sums up the sun. Still don't know why people buy this rubbish, must be because it's cheaper than the Beano! 

Mytheroo .
Mytheroo .

@0.163937205322 so the question must be asked:

Why is the "worse than the beano" publication the only one to make a fuss when Emma Watson lies to the UN in order to take more money from the men who earn it?

Melanie H
Melanie H

That is apalling!!! If ANY celebrity bothers to raise awareness for any good cause or issue and it is brought to the public's attention because of their fame then good for them!!! There are plenty who just swan about doing nothing..

chris w
chris w

Are women discriminated against in this day and age or is emma being manipulated into causing gender divisions if anyone can list the gender inequalities i'd like to see them regards

Morten S
Morten S

oh, but I don't think they call themselves journalists!?   once they start writing for "The Sun", I think they are well aware of the fact that they are no longer journalists. And don't call it gutter journalism - that would be an insult to the rats living there

John M
John M

Why expect quality journalism from a tabloid comic like The Sun? 

Elizabeth G
Elizabeth G

"I haven't a clue."  An honest piece of journalism.

Richard O
Richard O

The Sun is a disgraceful rag. (Ron Liddle sounds a bit like Tom Riddle. Funny that.)

John M
John M

I decided a very long time ago that any article in that horror comic for knuckle-draggers can be shoved where The Sun don't shine.