Emma Watson Shares Feminist Alan Rickman Quote, Internet Responds in Typical Internet Fashion
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 14, 2016
The cast of Harry Potter each shared their remembrances of the late, great Alan Rickman yesterday. Emma Watson shared some very choice quotes from him, including one in which he identifies himself as a feminist and doesn’t think it’s wrong or shameful for a man to do so. Cue the internet.
In typical internet-y fashion, people swarmed Watson’s mentions, accusing her of taking advantage of the actor’s death to “push an agenda.” Many went on to call her some really vile things, which I guess is par for the course for the internet?
.@EmWatson oh wow, you’re using someone’s death to push a completely unrelated agenda. this is so, so gross.
— Chloë Price (@Dekashoko) January 14, 2016
@EmWatson You knew him…i’m guessing he was your friend. You’re using his memory for propaganda, please, think about it again…
— Tomás Allende Conte (@TomsAllende) January 14, 2016
What’s so rich about all the replies (and trust me, there are many more) is that they all seem to be coming from a place of indignation ostensibly on behalf of Rickman himself. The accusations all shame Watson for her sharing of the quote, as if she’s mischaracterizing him or politicizing his passing. When taken in context with all the other quotes and images she’s shared back to back, it’s easy to see she was remembering his character, not pushing an agenda.
But if you even mutter “feminism,” the internet’s got its pitchforks ready to tell you how you’re wrong and you should be ashamed of yourself for mentioning it.
If you want to talk about people pushing an agenda, just take a look at all the people in those replies who are derailing a memorial for Rickman in order to discuss the definition of “propaganda” or “ideology”.
Gee, it’s almost like they have an agenda or something.
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