Emma Watson has shocked fans by making a ‘savage’ dig at JK Rowling during her 2022 BAFTAs speech.
The actress, who played Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter film series, was presenting the award for the Best Outstanding British Film on March 13 when she made the comment.
It happened when Rebel Wilson – who was hosting the event – welcomed the 31-year-old to the stage by saying: “Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch.”
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In response, Watson said: “I’m here for all the witches.”
After watching the awards show, viewers took to Twitter, with some slamming the star for being ‘ungrateful’.
One fumed: “Emma Watson is an ungrateful b*** who would be nothing without JK Rowling. It’s women who menstruate, give birth have a cervix, have a v**ina, have ovaries, not men with penises.”
Another added: “@EmmaWatson so people aren’t allowed to have their own views. If it wasn’t for @jk_rowling you wouldn’t be where you are today. Respect those that supported you and bought you to fame.”
“Emma Watson should realise that without JK Rowling she would be a no one!” a third agreed.
However, others took to the comments and argued that Watson shouldn’t have to stay quiet on the issue just because she became famous through the writer’s franchise.
Defending the actress, one tweeted: “Love the bulls*** takes that surface every time Emma Watson dares to offer even mild opposition to JK Rowling’s hate. ‘If someone gave you a job two decades ago, you forfeit the right to ever criticise them in the future, even if they turn into a gigantic bigot’. Get f***ed.”
In agreement, a second commented: “So creepy that people think literal children signed up to lifelong allegiance to adults who had power over them.”
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