Oh Emma Watson, let us count the ways that we love thee. When not campaigning for equal rights as the face of the UN’s #HeForShe campaign or fronting the #ELLEFeminism issue, she is slapping down the global gossip press with THE best feminist response to a baseless rumour, ever.
We speak, of course, of the reports that
sent the media (and producers of commemorative mugs and tea towels, no doubt) into a frenzy: that Ms Watson was secretly dating none other than HRH Prince Harry. Yup, in a story created by
Disney Australian magazine Woman’s Day, it was claimed that the fourth-in-line to the throne was ‘smitten’ after emailing Emma to ask her out on a date (technology has now eliminated the need to leave a glass slipper lying about, you see). A 'source close to the pair' was quoted as saying: 'He's smitten – and it's more than Emma's looks.' Well how very progressive of him.
Not that Emma would let such things get to her, of course. Our heroine responded like a true feminist, posting:
also..... marrying a Prince not a prerequisite for being a Princess. https://t.co/vjodTAgEcC - Courtesy of Alfonso Cuaron.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) February 22, 2015
Included was a link to a clip from The 1995 film A Little Princess, which has the (frankly ace) line: ‘I am a princess. All girls are.’ YES.
And that, dear readers, is how to deal with a media that defines a woman by who she’s dating. Now let’s all get on with living happily ever after, prince or no prince.