Emma Watson Responds To Backlash Over Blackout Tuesday Posts

By Paris Close

June 3, 2020

Emma Watson is being criticized for her recent political posts.

Yesterday, the Harry Potter alum was called out for seemingly prioritizing her social media aesthetic when sharing posts supporting the Blackout Tuesday campaign.

The initiative involved commercial businesses and public figures going silent on social media to stand in solidarity with the Black community in response to the fatal arrest of George Floyd — often expressed by sharing a single black square on Instagram with hashtags like “#theshowmustbepaused” and “#amplifymelanatedvoices.”

Watson participated, however, fans were skeptical as the star shared three black squares instead of one. It only became a big deal once fans realized she’d posted three white squares days prior, leading many to accuse her of performative activism because she didn’t make any statements affirming her stance as an ally to the Black community.

"Is this all you have? I expected better from an ACTIVIST," one user commented.

"Emma i'm so disappointed in you, you claim to be such an activist for everyone and this is all you do? wtf," another wrote.

The Little Women actress quickly returned to Instagram with an explanation hours later. “I was holding off posting until #blackouttuesday ended in the UK.,” she explained, sharing a post featuring artwork and a poem from Brooklyn artist Dr. Fahamu Pecou.

Affirming her support for the Black community, Watson captioned another post with “I stand with you,” and shared the following message: “There is so much racism, both in our past and present, that is not acknowledged or accounted for. White supremacy is one of the systems of hierarchy and dominance, of exploitation and oppression, that is tightly stitched into society. As a white person, I have benefited from this..”

“Whilst we might feel that, as individuals, we’re working hard internally to be anti-racist, we need to work harder externally to actively tackle the structural and institutional racism around us," she added. "I’m still learning about the many ways I unconsciously support and uphold a system that is structurally racist."

She concluded: “Over the coming days, I’ll be using my bio link and Twitter to share links to resources I’ve found useful for my own researching, learning, listening. I see your anger, sadness and pain. I cannot know what this feels like for you but it doesn’t mean I won’t try to."

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I was holding off posting until #blackouttuesday ended in the UK.⁣ ⁣ The Artwork of my brilliant dear friend @fahamupecou “White Lies, Subtleties, Micro-Aggressions, and Other Choking Hazards”⁣ ⁣ B R O K E N O P E N (poem + text from the series BLACK MATTER LIVES) by Dr Fahamu Pecou⁣ ⁣ broken⁣ broke and hoping⁣ broke in, hoping⁣ broke.⁣ end.⁣ hoping...⁣ bro! kin hopin’!⁣ broken...⁣ hopin.⁣ broken.⁣ open.⁣ broken open!⁣ (Break)⁣ ⁣ “We can not be broken. We do not break. For too long we’ve been afraid that their violence would end us. But we are still here. Some they took, but they’ve all come back. They never truly left. We never truly leave. Like the police and other systems they’ve weaponized against us, the names of those they tried to silence go off in their ears like nuclear bombs. Names that swell in their throats and linger until they can no longer breathe. So let us haunt their dreams and their waking moments alike. Say their names: Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Let them see us. Let them hear us. No friends, we have nothing to fear. An army of Egungun warriors walk amongst us. They have tried, and for centuries they have failed to violate us... to silence us. This is not breaking. This is opening. The cracks are windows. The holes are doors. Shine your light through.” - Dr. Fahamu Pecou⁣ ⁣ Say their names #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor #GeorgeFloyd

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