Actress-cum-U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson posted two subtle, but poignant photo messages to social media following sexist comments made by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. The politician was quoted last week saying that women “should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times,” sparking outrage on social media and inspiring Tweets and photos of laughter from women in Turkey and around the world.
The Brown graduate, who joined the Goodwill Ambassador team in early June with the declared mission of gender equality, not only promptly changed her Twitter photo to one of her (adorably) laughing her head off, but also posted a picture of her mid-giggle in front of what appears to be Boston’s very own Beehive. Watson tagged @UN_Women, as well as senior advisor Elizabeth Nyamayaro and executive director Phumzile Mlambo, with the tweet racking up more than 13,000 favorites and counting.
Arinc elaborated on his original comment, saying, “Where are our girls, who slightly blush, lower their heads and turn their eyes away when we look at their face, becoming the symbol of chastity?”
If Watson’s response and the heavy trending of hashtag #direnkahkaha (which according our kind readers means, “Resist, Laugh”) are any indication, the answer is, quite simply, that they’re laughing at you, Arnic. Right to your face.
h/t Huffington Post