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Emma Watson writes about racism & white supremacy (after being criticized)
Added 4 years agoSource: CeleBitchy
Emma Watson writes about racism & white supremacy (after being criticized)
Emma Watson hasn?t been working that much as an actress in recent years. She barely promoted Little Women, and whenever she gives any kind of interview these days, she mostly talks about all of the feminist literature she?s been reading. She?s for-real committed to her ?second career? as a feminist activist and she studies what to say and how. I used to think her feminist activism was a bit basic, in that it just seemed ?deep as puddle,? complete with vague sentiments about equality and ?men should be feminists too, it?s in their interest!? But over the years, she?s grown into a something of a self-educated feminist scholar.

Why am I bringing this up? Because I think Emma, through her studies, understands that a lot of white women who identify as feminists have a huge blindspot when it comes to intersectionality. And this week, we?ve seen that Emma has that blind spot too. Emma?s name trended on Twitter for hours on Tuesday because she, like so many white celebrities who said nothing about Black Lives Matter in the days and weeks prior, decided to do the ?Tuesday Blackout? on social media. She posted black boxes (with white trim) on her Instagram with the hashtags #blackouttuesday, #theshowmustbepaused, #amplifymelanatedvoices, #amplifyblackvoices. Um? okay, but was she amplifying black voices?? So, Emma had to make a statement once her Blackout was over.

Still learning. Emma Watson responded after fans criticized her for matching her ?Blackout Tuesday? posts to her Instagram feed?s aesthetic. The Harry Potter actress, 30, faced backlash on Tuesday, June 2, for editing a white box around the black square that was being used to show solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement on social media. Given Watson?s history of social activism, some fans were disappointed that she would change the universally recognized symbol of support for protestors and that she didn?t use her platform to share important resources for her followers in the wake of George Floyd?s death.

?There is so much racism, both in our past and present, that is not acknowledged nor accounted for,? Watson wrote in her statement on Tuesday night. ?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 actively tackle the structural and institutional racism around us. I?m still learning about the many ways I unconsciously support and uphold a system that is structurally racist. 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.?

[From Us Weekly]

I liked her statement? Yeah, she shouldn?t have done the Blackout without saying anything about the protests beforehand, and yes, she definitely shouldn?t have put the white border around the black box. But, she knows her own blind spots at least? The bar is low. But I?d rather see an ally make a mistake, own up to it completely and commit to trying to do better. She also used her IG Stories to post information about petitions and racial justice work being done in the UK, plus tips for non-performative allyship.

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#blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused #amplifymelanatedvoices #amplifyblackvoices

A post shared by Emma Watson (@emmawatson) on Jun 2, 2020 at 11:08am PDT

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Heather Morris: Lea Michele was unpleasant to work with, deserves to be called out
Added 4 years agoSource: CeleBitchy
Heather Morris: Lea Michele was unpleasant to work with, deserves to be called out
As someone who always got a bad vibe from Lea Michele, I?m feeling pretty good about what?s happened to her this week. I feel like my instincts were dead-on about her. To recap, Samantha Marie Ware got the ball rolling when she responded to Lea?s tweet about the murder of George Floyd. Ware said Lea made her first TV gig ?a living hell? and that Lea ?told everyone? that if she had the opportunity, she would ?sh-t? in Ware?s wig. Ware accused Lea of ?traumatic microaggressions? and more. Many of Lea?s former costars piled on with GIFs and tweets, backing up Ware?s story. Then yesterday, Lea decided to release an apology which was? one of the WORST apologies I?ve ever read in my life. I can?t even summarize it just go here to read the mess. Her publicist must have been drunk when she okayed that. So what else has happened? Another costar is speaking up Heather Morris worked with Lea for years on Glee.

Heather Morris is speaking out about the allegations made against her former Glee co-star Lea Michele. The 33-year-old actress and dancer, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on the beloved series, says that Lea was ?very? unpleasant to work with.

Heather said, ?Let me be very clear, Hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for hate to be spread to anyone else. With that said, was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out.?

?And yet, it?s also on us because to allow it to go on for so long without speaking out is something else we?re learning along with the rest of society,? Heather continued. ?But, at the current moment its implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we?re assuming, and you know what happens when we all assume??

[From JustJared]

I think Heather is trying to make a nuanced argument, one which (ultimately) doesn?t even matter. Heather?s basically like ?yeah, Lea threatened to sh-t in a lot of wigs, but I don?t think wig sh-tting is necessarily racist?? Which is not the point because it?s still wig sh-tting. Also, I believe Samantha Ware. She didn?t say ?racist? but she said ?traumatic microaggressions,? and a lot of Lea?s former costars (who happen to be black) were agreeing with Ware. As for this: ?It?s also on us because to allow it to go on for so long without speaking out is something else we?re learning along with the rest of society.? I hate that both-sidesism. Yes, every coworker has a responsibility to treat each other with respect, and when one person is constantly disrespectful, people should speak out. But it?s not ?on? Lea?s bullying victims in the same way it?s ?on? Lea for being a hateful, wig sh-tting C-U-Next-Tuesday.

What else? Lea?s Spring Awakening costar Gerard Canonico had this to say about working with Lea and her horrendous apology:

SPRING AWAKENING castmember Gerard Canonico has weighed in, calling Michele ?nothing but a nightmare.?

?van Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) June 3, 2020

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