'Game of Thrones' Star Maisie Williams Isn't Feeling Emma Watson's "First-World Feminism"
The Game of Thrones star, who plays butt-kicking Arya Stark on the HBO show, said fighting for women's rights just isn't at the top of her list. "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 told the UK Guardian.
After discussing Emma's recent UN speech where she promoted her HeForShe gender equality campaign, Maisie said she is impatient with that kind of "first-world feminism," adding, "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."
Instead, Maisie campaigns for other causes like breast cancer awareness (her mom battled the disease) and online abuse. Inspired by her own experiences, the actress is starring in a UK Channel 4 TV movie called "Cyber Bully." In it, she plays a teenage girl who is held prisoner in her bedroom by a computer hacker who threatens to leak compromising photos of her unless she does what he says. Maisie also contributed to the script.
She said that she thinks cyber bullying "hurts even more" than regular bullying, adding, "Kids are killing themselves. It's very serious."
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