Emma Watson: The Next Hacker Victim?

September 22, 2014

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Famous actress Emma Watson is being threatened by hackers in the second round of the leak of celebrity nude pictures. The vile hackers have set up a new website where they say they will leak nudes of the young star in a matter of days.

An image of Emma wiping away a tear appears on the site, beside a timer which is counting down the seconds until the release of the pictures. The words: “Never forget, the biggest to come thus far” are written in capital letters on the bottom of the screen.

Earlier this month, Emma defended her good friend Jennifer Lawrence and other famous women, after dozens of images (showing those celebrities in various states of nude) leaked. Watson tweeted: “Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.”

More than 100 celebrities were affected by the scandal last month after an unidentified hacker stole explicit images and videos from Apple’s iCloud service, and uploaded them to 4Chan.

During the she has found herself at the centre of the nude photo scandal, after being threatened by hackers, Emma Watson has launched a UN bid to end gender inequality.

The “Harry Potter” actress revealed she felt so passionately about the topic after experiencing sexism from the age of eight.

Emma gave a speech at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Sunday in her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and spoke of becoming a feminist at a young age.

Watson spoke for the new “HeForShe” equality campaign, which aims to mobilize men against gender inequalities:

“When I was eight, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams, because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y,’ when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist.”

The 24-year-old actress believes the perception of feminism has changed, and those who identify with feminists are seen as “anti-men” and “aggressive,” which, of course, has nothing to do with the movement.

“My recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists. Apparently, I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, ‘too aggressive,’ isolating and anti-men, unattractive, even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?”