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'Game of Thrones' Actress Maisie Williams Calls Out Emma Watson 'First-World Feminism' Views

'Game of Thrones' Actress Maisie Williams Calls Out Emma Watson 'First-World Feminism' Views

Maisie Williams is opening up about how her feminist views differ from those of Emma Watson.

The 17-year-old Game of Thrones actress spoke with The Guardian about her take on the topic.

“There are creepy things that people say online that I shouldn’t have to read, but there are bigger things going on in other countries,” she said.

When asked about Emma‘s recent UN speech, which she calls “first-world feminism,” Maisie said, “A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, ‘that doesn’t bother me’. I know things aren’t perfect for women in the UK and in America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Maisie Williams’ views on the subject?

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  • Dan_nb

    Maisie’s comment is ridiculous. I mean, so just because there are bigger issues in other parts of the world she thinks women from more developed countries should shut up about the inequalities that still exist?

  • Michele V

    She seems a little dim. Or maybe she’s just young and needs to be educated more on this subject matter. I don’t think Emma restricted feminism to just the Western world like she implies she did. Feminism can exist beyond first world and considering Ms. Watson is an ambassador for the UN, I think it’s safe to say she’s speaking on a global scale. She even mentioned that in her speech at the end: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/9/emma-watson-gender-equality-is-your-issue-too

    Because
    the reality is that if we do nothing it will take 75 years, or for me
    to be nearly a hundred before women can expect to be paid the same as
    men for the same work. 15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16
    years as children. And at current rates it won’t be until 2086 before
    all rural African girls will be able to receive a secondary education. -

  • Raspitou

    I love Maisie, but she’s way off course.

    The fact that there are worse problems out there in no way means that someone should not be calling attention to sexism and misogyny in the US and other developed countries.

    It’s like if you volunteer for an organization that helps homeless animals get adopted, and someone comes along and smugly tells you that you should be helping starving children, or the environment because those affect humans and are much more pressing. Which is such an annoying and obtuse viewpoint!

    We need everyone to do their part in whatever they feel passionately about. Some people will volunteer in the fight against cancer, others to feed the homeless, others against economic inequality, others devote themselves to rid the world of racism. Just because you think that one of those problems weighs less than another doesn’t mean anything! We need a world where ALL of those things are eradicated.

    It’s easy to criticize people who do things, but at least Watson put herself out there.

  • HUBEMX

    Spoiled brat.

  • fleur

    The ‘there are worse things happening elsewhere’ argument is a classic to shut a discussion down – it’s especially effective when talking about sexism, so women feel guilty for bringing up more ‘trivial’ matters when women elsewhere face ‘real’ misogyny.

    It dismisses and discredits women’s experience, and suggests that the sexism in developed countries and the sexism in developing countries are two separate things – therefore pretending one needs to be prioritized over the other.

  • ChrisBale

    This little troll needs to shut it.

  • spinclass312

    This. Exactly.

  • spinclass312

    She didn’t imply that Emma said was restricted to the “first world.” She actually meant that there are bigger problems to worry about in other parts of the world and so we’re not too bad off.

  • Michele V

    Either way, we shouldn’t measure the problems we have in the world.

  • Gina

    That’s not what she’s saying. She’s pointing to the fact that there is classism & racism even within feminist ideology. Everyone seems to care about feminism of women in first world countries (also known as white feminism), but what about feminism in third world countries? Feminism in the third world is tied to race and social class which makes it that much harder to establish because there are more roadblocks to achieving it.

  • Jello

    Maisie Williams is a teenager, and she shouldn’t be judged to harshly.
    She is a young girl who still doesn’t quite understand women’s issues.
    As she gets older and more educated, she will learn about it. Every person has their own opinion and awareness of feminists issue and what it means to them as an individual.

  • spinclass312

    Lots of confused people here. This young actress probably made a throwaway comment. Now it’s viral. She DID make it a relative issue (“it doesn’t bother me” – well, she should try telling the working women who put in the same time and still get paid much less) and clearly said that we shouldn’t worry too much because other people have it worse. I think she meant we should be also concerned about helping those people – which, ironically, is a very paternalistic, first-world way of looking at other cultures and societies. She phrased it in a most unfortunate way. Anyway, why are we taking throwaway comments on feminist issues from a soap-opera actress seriously?

  • Pretty Little Mars

    I think what Maisie is trying to say is that Emma’s feminism is limited to only white women and that feminism should be intersectional

  • Gina

    I’m not confused & I choose not to dismiss someone’s views because of their occupation either. Last I checked actresses are allowed to have views too and they are not any less valid than yours or mine. In fact, Emma Watson, an actress herself (from the Harry Potter franchise no less) is what sparked Maisie’s comments in the first place. The ‘He for She’ hashtag trend that Emma promotes is very first worldly too IMO, being that many in the third world don’t even have computers to view those hashtags on.

  • Samm Lacroix

    how on Earth was it first world? there are privileged and disenfranchised in all countries and genders. She as at the UN speaking to ALL leaders to challenge those who withhold education, force marriage and physically abuse…how the hell is that first world exclusive?!

  • spinclass312

    No one dismissed her on the basis of her occupation, but she’s clearly no philosopher or intellectual, is she? And you are confused. Sorry, but you misread what she said.

  • Gina

    No hon, its called reading between the lines. I understood what she was trying to say. And she doesn’t need to be a philosopher to have an opinion. How judgmental of you, especially since its clear that you are no philosopher yourself.

  • sentinelswarm

    Who cares what Emma has to say. Her head as outgrown her acting talent.

  • spinclass312

    No, you didn’t. You have comprehension issues and you completely misunderstood her point, so I can’t expect you to understand the point about her public status not being that of someone with authority on certain issues.

    “A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, ‘that doesn’t bother me’. I know things aren’t perfect for women in the UK and in America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse.”

    This isn’t ambiguous at all. It’s clear as your punctuation errors. Actually, your point ultimately supports the idea that Williams thinks it’s all relative so we shouldn’t complain. Because you’re saying it’s harder for women in the third world, so we should just put up with it.

    She, like anyone else, has a right to voice her opinion. But we, like anyone else, have a right to attach weight to her opinion based on her attributes, etc.
    And its = it’s.

  • Gina

    Ha! What an obvious cop out, pointing to my supposed punctuation errors to deflect from the topic at hand, just like you did with Maisie’s chosen occupation. That’s what children do when they are on the losing end of an argument. It’s precious, really. But I digress. Williams isn’t saying we shouldn’t complain, she’s basically saying to prioritize our complaints and that the things that keep Emma up at night aren’t the things that keep her up at night. I don’t see the problem with that. Her selflessness seems to trigger your righteous indignation though, which is the ONLY thing I don’t understand. By the way, I love your username. It’s very first worldly. Sure as hell explains a lot LOL.

  • Sofia

    I HATE the fact that people are “dismissing” Maisie’s comments just because she’s a teenager! Teenagers are NOT STUPID, they are far more conscious of the issues going on than a lot of people, and I’m not talking about just american teens or british teens, but all around the world. Just take a look at all what’s going on in the world and you’ll see teenagers are the ones taking a stand.

    Maisie isn’t saying that the issues women have in first world countries aren’t important, she just wants people to pay attention to women who are still fighting for their rights in countries of Africa, Asia or Latin America, women who DID NOT IDENTIFIED WITH EMMA WATSON’S SPEECH.

  • Maricela Cruz

    I am latina and I loved EMMA WATSON’S SPEECH. I felt identified. FROM EL SALVADOR. Here, as Emma Watson said, inequality there is. For example, unequal wages.

  • Maricela Cruz

    I am latina and I loved EMMA WATSON’S SPEECH. I felt identified. FROM EL
    SALVADOR. Here, as Emma Watson said, inequality there is. For example,
    unequal wages.

  • Maricela Cruz

    I am latina and I loved EMMA WATSON’S SPEECH. I felt identified. FROM EL SALVADOR. Here, as Emma Watson said, inequality there is. For example, unequal wages.

  • ganymedia

    Two privileged young multi million dollar babes babbling about how badly women are treated in society. That makes a viral hit. There really are bigger problems around.

  • Sofia

    And what about the women who don’t even have the opportunity, like you and me, of making their own living. They can’t relate to the “unequal wages”, did she mention them? Did she mention the violation of rights of transwomen around the world? the women who disappear everyday? The girls who are being kept away from school? I didn’t heard anything about it. I’m from Mexico.

  • Chris Bordeman

    I agree.

  • Chris Bordeman

    Seems like the spoilt one is Emma.

  • Chris Bordeman

    Well, one was whining about middling first world challenges, the other was pointing out that Pakistani women are having acid thrown in their faces for ‘disrespecting’ their male betters.

  • Chris Bordeman

    What acting talent? As big a box office draw as she is, is anyone casting her in leading roles? Not a chance, because she’s an absolutely awful actress. Super cute though.

  • Vousie

    Umm, did everyone miss the fact that Emma Watson promotes education for girls, having gone to Bangladesh and Zamibia for it? She has also been to Uruguay, to give a speech on allowing women in that country to vote…
    1) Since when do these three countries (and others) count as “first world countries”? And, as others have said, since when do we have to simply accept inequality just because it is worse elsewhere – we must fight against all inequality.
    2) What has Maisie Williams done for feminism? (Other than starring in *one* show – which does also have a lot of breasts in it…)

    3) I really can’t say much for her Game of Thrones character – interesting as it is, it’s done the classical feminism thing: In order to be “equal to men”, Arya Stark has pretty much become male – even disguised as a boy for part of the series.
    That’s anti-feminism if anything. Still implying that being male is the best, so women must become that…

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