As the star of the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast remake, Watson posed as "the Rebel Belle" in the magazine's latest issue, and the resulting photos (sadly unsurprisingly) garnered plenty of negative attention from men and women alike.
Maturing from Hermione to Belle in @beautyandthebeast is a true coming-of-age story for @EmmaWatson: "I couldn't care less if I won an Oscar or not if the movie didn't say something that I felt was important for people to hear." Read the full cover story at the link in bio. Photograph by Tim Walker.
UK paper The Sun reprinted the cover with the headline "Beauty and the Breasts," which was re-shared by many claiming Watson couldn't possibly be feminist and wear a crop top at the same time.
Emma Watson: "Feminism, feminism... gender wage gap... why oh why am I not taken seriously... feminism... oh, and here are my tits!" pic.twitter.com/gb7OvxzRH9— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) March 1, 2017
Watson has now responded to the controversy, calling out her fellow female critics.
"Feminism is about giving women choice," an exasperated Watson said in a video interview with the BBC. "Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It's about freedom. It's about liberation. It's about equality."
She added, "I really don't know what my tits have to do with it. It's very confusing."
Watch the interview clip below. Beyond that, see some behind the scenes footage from the Vanity Fair photoshoot in question.