Emma Watson faced criticism after promoting Brad Pitt’s brand on her social media, following the accusation against him by his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie.
Watson, who has been vocal about women’s rights and was also appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women in 2014, received scathing criticism for supporting an alleged abuser.
Jolie has accused Pitt of physical and verbal abuse towards her and their children during their infamous 2016 flight.
Many social media users branded Watson a “hypocrite” who prioritizes “money” over the rights of women after she reposted a snap of Pitt with his partner promoting his gin on her Instagram story.
“@thegardener_gin Welcome from Chablis Brad!” Watson, who co-owns her own gin label with brother Alex Watson, commented on Pitt’s company’s post.
Some labeled Watson as a “feminist” supporting an alleged abuser, while others criticized Hollywood women for not standing up for their fellow women.
The Reddit community shared their disappointment in the actor, stating that she was the “worst of the White Hollywood Feminists,” and called her a “hypocrite” for supporting a “dirtbag abuser.”
One commenter stated, “It’s scary how they use feminism for their own personal brand, but they don’t give a two-second thought when it comes to siding with questionable men.”
Overall, Watson’s reputation as a feminist icon was put into question by the backlash.