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‘Wake up brat’ Emma Watson gets blasted for ‘ALL the witches’ BAFTA’s barb at JK Rowling

Emma Watson has been accused of using her brief moment on stage at the BAFTA Film Awards to appear to criticize Harry Potter author JK Rowling for her stance on transgender issues.

The 31-year-old actress, best known for her role as Hermione Grainger in the film adaptations of Rowling’s books, appeared to take aim at the author as she presented an award at yesterday’s ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

Presenter Rebel Wilson brought the star on stage with the words: “Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch.

Ms Watson then stressed: “I’m here for all witches” – an apparent reference to Ms Rowling’s previous comments on transgender issues and her recent criticism of Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer for saying “trans women are women”.

Although she was cheered on by some viewers after making her comments last night, many viewers took to social media to criticize Ms Watson for her attitude.

One said she sounded like an “ungrateful bright brat” when she decided to use the BAFTA platform to criticize the woman who forged her early career.

Another wrote: “It’s a good job @jk_rowling plucked the fiery, ungrateful @EmmaWatson out of the dark all those years ago because she has zero room for maneuver aside from looking down on those who dare to stand up and being counted against the cancellation #brigade woke up.’

A third said Ms Watson was “absolutely horrible” and “so desperate to please her trans fans” that she ripped off all women and, ironically, the very woman who made her.

Another tweeted: “She should count her lucky stars, JK Rowling stayed with her. She owes her a hell of a lot, she needs to stop biting the hand that feeds.

Emma Watson was branded a “bright brat” today after she used her BAFTA film awards speech to appear to criticize Harry Potter author JK Rowling for her stance on transgender issues

Presenter Rebel Wilson (pictured) brought the star on stage by saying:

Presenter Rebel Wilson (pictured) brought the star on stage by saying: “Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch

The fifth wrote: “Emma Watson, a woman feminist who cannot define what a woman is? The one who is famous because of JK?’.

Emma Watson’s representatives have been asked for comment.

Miss Rowling has faced an ongoing onslaught of allegations of transphobia since publishing an essay on her website in July 2020 in which she argued that biological sex is real.

She also revealed that she was “a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

She has been labeled a TERF – trans-exclusionary radical feminist – after she questioned the term “people who menstruate”.

In December, she was again forced to deny that she was transphobic as she argued that gender, not gender identity, was the “basis for decisions about protection.”

Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Miss Watson and Evanna Lynch, who recently reunited without Miss Rowling for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, are among those who have condemned them.

Social media users targeted Ms Watson after she used her BAFTA speech to criticize JK Rowling

Social media users targeted Ms Watson after she used her BAFTA speech to criticize JK Rowling

The author previously revealed that “Hundreds of trans activists have threatened to beat, rape, murder and bomb me.”

She vowed to keep speaking out after naming and shaming three activists for holding signs outside their Edinburgh home in November that read ‘Don’t be a cissy’, ‘Trans liberalize now’ and ‘Trans rights are human rights ‘ had posed.

Others who slammed Ms Watson for her apparent opposition to Ms Rowling included one who said the star “needs to remember whose talent it was that put her in the position she is in”.

They added, “JKR has more talent on her pinky finger than EW could ever dream of.”

Another said: “She should count her lucky stars, JK Rowling stayed with her. She owes her a hell of a lot, she needs to stop biting the hand that feeds.

Ms Watson is seen arm in arm with Ms Rowling at the premiere of the first installation of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2011

Ms Watson is seen arm in arm with Ms Rowling at the premiere of the first installation of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2011

Ms Watson is seen at the 2002 premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with fellow actor Bonnie Wright - who played Ginny Weasley - and author Ms Rowling

Ms Watson is seen at the 2002 premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with fellow actor Bonnie Wright – who played Ginny Weasley – and author Ms Rowling

However, some viewers praised Ms Watson for her attitude.

One said she couldn’t love her anymore for targeting Ms Rowling, which was “absolutely a dig”.

Another echoed: “Live for Emma Watson casting subtle shade on JK Rowling at the #BAFTAs #LGBWithTheT #JKDoesntSpeakForMe”.

A third chimed in, adding: “Was that a jibe from Emma Watson at JK Rowling? what a QUEEEEENN’.

Ms Wilson took aim at Ms Rowling earlier in the night as she joked about her recent weight loss.

Referring to a picture of her at the 2020 ceremony that appeared on screen, she quipped, “That was me two years ago and I’ve had quite a transformation since then — I hope JK Rowling still agrees.”

Others who slammed Ms Watson for her apparent opposition to Ms Rowling included one who said the star

Others who slammed Ms Watson for her apparent opposition to Ms Rowling included one who said the star “needs to remember whose talent it was that put her in the position she is in”.

It comes after Ms Rowling took aim at Labor’s Sir Keir after he was asked in an interview to define what a woman is.

He said, “A woman is a female adult and, moreover, trans women are women, and that’s not just my view — that’s actually the law.”

Sir Keir, the former Chief Prosecutor, added: “It’s the law through the combined impact of the 2004 [Gender Recognition] law and the 2010 [Equality] Plot. ‘

In a series of angry messages on Twitter, Ms Rowling then wrote: “I don’t think our politicians have the faintest idea how much anger is building among women from all walks of life at attempts to threaten and intimidate them publicly about their rights , to speak your own body and your own life.

She said she received “thousands of letters” from women across the political spectrum who were “outraged and angry at the deaf ear that turned to their well-founded concerns.”

She added: “Now Keir Starmer is publicly misrepresenting the Equality Act, which is yet another indication that the Labor Party can no longer be relied on to defend women’s rights. But I repeat, women are organizing across party lines, and their determination and anger is growing.

Ms Rowling donated £1million to Labor in 2008 but has become increasingly critical of the party’s stance on trans issues.

Earlier last week, Labor equality spokeswoman Anneliese Dodds was told that the meaning of the word woman depends on “context”, while Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper declined to answer the question.

In response, Ms Rowling suggested that the party should rename International Women’s Day We Who Must Not Be Named Day, a reference to Harry Potter’s fictional nemesis Voldemort, called “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”. .

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