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Emma Watson Accused Of “Exploiting” Alan Rickman’s Death

Yesterday the world was struck with grief as another entertainment great bid us farewell — legendary British actor Alan Rickman passed away at the age of 69 after a brave battle with cancer.

As the news broke out, the Internet was flooded with loving sentiments about the acting icon, with many extending their deepest sympathies and sharing their favorite Rickman moments on their social media streams.

Understandably so, actress and ex-Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson was amongst the fray of fans paying tribute. She posted the following quote once uttered by Rickman onto her Twitter page:

Yet, minutes after the image was posted, the Internet overwhelmed Emma with shocking accusations. Why? Well, because she was supposedly using the actor’s name to further her own ‘feminist agenda.’

As you all probably know, Emma was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 and has been an active spokesperson for gender equality around the world. Here’s one of her most empowering speeches for the HeForShe campaign:

 

“Don’t use his death to push your feminist agenda”

Despite all of the good work Emma is doing as a feminist leader, Twitter users reacted aggressively to her post, arguing that she had turned a memorial of Rickman into a personal crusade in support of her campaign. This is what some people had to say:

 

“Emma, you are a repugnant human being”


Then there were the really horrific comments from ignorant trolls who clearly wanted to bring the actress down in the most nasty way possible. Here are two abhorrent examples:

And ironically, many Twitter users, swept up by all of the hate and nastiness, failed to notice that Emma had in fact posted a number of Rickman quotes, none of which were intended to promote her own standing at all. As well as the noble quote about gender equality once said by Rickman, she also shared the following:

Essentially, it all comes down to the fact that people simply want to draw negativity from what was ultimately a heartfelt commemorative quote. The Internet loves a scandal and this was simply another example of relentless celebrity trolling being unleashed to bring an individual down. Poor Emma!

As far as I’m concerned, I completely disagree that Emma was using Rickman for her own ‘feminist agenda.’ Alongside a number of other inspiration quotes, her post merely highlighted another cause that the British legend felt passionate about — a cause that also continues to require recognition! And finally, I’m just going to put it out there — at least Emma’s post used a legitimate quote actually once said by Rickman, rather than that false quote that everyone else was posting!

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