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1 March 2017updated 02 Mar 2017 11:42am

Journalists publicly mock Emma Watson’s breasts – therefore proving her point about feminism

“Bit small and flat.”

By Media Mole

Yes, it’s Incident #9486538476538 in the “BUT FEMINISTS CAN’T LOOK NICE?!” (ie. Women Are Not Allowed To Make Decisions About Their Own Bodies) log.

The actor Emma Watson has done an interview with Vanity Fair, illustrated with a photoshoot of her in designer versions of theatrical costumes: a Shakespearean ruff, various floor-length gowns, a baggy checked double-breasted jacket, a fencing uniform.

The Sun being The Sun picked out the shot where she is the least covered-up (a kind of white thick netted bolero thingy) for a puff piece about the interview. A photo that is not really representative of the rather classical shoot, which features a far-less-dressed male model in pictures alongside Watson.

But that didn’t stop the broadcaster and titfinder-general Julia Hartley-Brewer taking issue with the Vanity Fair shoot. Well, two parts of it:

“Emma Watson: ‘Feminism, feminism… gender wage gap… why oh why am I not taken seriously… feminism… oh, and here are my tits!’” tweeted Hartley-Brewer, ever vocally offended by people she accuses of being oversensitive.

Enter Times journalist and Britain’s most enraged attender of restaurants Giles Coren, who retweeted the comment and replied: “That dim-witted, attention-seeking hoyden doesn’t just give feminists a bad name, she gives THE HUMAN RACE a bad name.”

This descended into a bizarre public rating of the actor’s breasts:

Your mole would like to point out the irony in attempting to undermine the actor’s feminist credentials by OBJECTIFYING HER BODY AND CRITICISING HER CHOICES. As if we needed any further proof of the need for feminism.

Read more: It’s great that Emma Watson is standing up for feminism – but #HeforShe is the wrong approach

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