Beyoncé and Jay-Z recently took their daughter Blue Ivy to see Beauty and the Beast which stars actress Emma Watson. On Tuesday, Emma was swarmed by the BeyHive amidst showing too much skin for a recent photo shoot.
The uproar started when Emma posed for a cover shoot for Vanity Fair wearing a see-through bolero. The BeyHive did not forget what they took to be criticism, of their queen Bee Beyoncé from Emma’s 2014 interview with Tavi Gevinson for Wonderland magazine. They cited her a “hypocrite” for showing too much skin in the photo when she claims to be a feminist.
Emma had this to say about the photo:
“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my t—s have to do with it,” she responded to naysayers in an interview with Reuters.
In addition to this Emma also posted excerpts from her 2014 interview on her Twitter account with her words highlighted in yellow to further explain what she really meant.
“[Beyoncé] does make it clear that she is performing for [Jay Z] and the fact she wasn’t doing it for a label, she was doing it for herself and the control that she has directing it and putting it out there, I agree is making her sexuality empowering because it is her choice.”
“The second is that I would say you do get sense of, ‘I can be a feminist, I can be an intellectual, I can be all these other things, but I can also be ok with my femininity, and being pretty and with all these things that I thought might negate my message or negate what I am about.’ That really is the most interesting thing about the album. It is so inclusive and puts feminism and femininity and female empowerment on such a broad spectrum,”.
Feminism seems like the new empowerment trend as of late. It seems more like “The War on Feminism” as feminism is highly critiqued such as who’s a true feminist, and who isn’t. For instance, Amber Rose calls herself a feminist yet her overtly sexual nature doesn’t ring true to the definition and many people take issue with that. It appears the role of a feminist is changing, and the BeyHive may have jumped the gun on this one.