In the interview, Watson confesses to being “nervous” talking about the album, telling Tavi Gevinson “I still haven’t really formulated my own ideas about it.”
“On the one hand, she is putting herself in a category of a feminist, this very strong woman – and she has that beautiful speech by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in one of her songs – but then the camera, it felt very male, such a male voyeuristic experience of her,” she says.
Watson’s comments resurfaced after the actress’ braless Vanity Fair photo kick started a controversy of its own.
On Tuesday the Beauty and the Beast star shared the full article on Twitter, highlighting her statements.
This is the part of my 2014 interview with Tavi where we talked about Beyoncé. My words are in bold. pic.twitter.com/Y8vumOeyDT
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) March 7, 2017
“This is the part of my 2014 interview with Tavi where we talked about Beyoncé,” she wrote. “My words are in bold.”
The first highlighted section is the quote that is making the rounds on the Internet, but it’s the second highlighted part that clarifies what Watson was trying to say.
Watson writes, “…she does make it clear that she is performing for him. And the fact she wasn’t doing it for a label, she was doing it for herself and the control that she has directing it and putting it out there, I agree is making her sexuality empowering because it is her choice.”
Continuing on saying, “The second is that I would say you do get sense of, ‘I can be a feminist, I can be an intellectual, I can be all these other things, but I can also be okay with my femininity and being pretty and with all these things that I thought might negate my message or negate what I am about.’ That really is the most interesting thing about the album. It is so inclusive and puts feminism and femininity and female empowerment on such a broad spectrum.”