Emma Watson showed up for the Oscars last night with a message. On her forearm, she displayed a temporary tattoo that reads, "Times Up." The media — both professional and social — jumped on the missing apostrophe instead of focusing on Watson's support of the movement to prevent sexual harassment, assault, and inequality in the workplace.
Watson, who has been in the global spotlight since appearing as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise at age 11, has spoken often about being sexualized at a young age. In addition to being appointed the U.N. Women's Goodwill ambassador, the actress has been an outspoken feminist and supporter of the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.
Watson often uses Instagram to show her support for women around the world.
It’s time to shift the balance in the workplace, from representing the few to representing us all. I signed this letter of solidarity to stand with women across every industry in saying: #TIMESUP
All of us are responsible for creating change, whatever industry you work in. We're asking everyone to help create a world we can be proud of - one that is safe, just and equal. Please join us and donate to the new Justice and Equality Fund, which will support frontline organisations that are working to end a culture where harassment and abuse are commonplace. Together we can spread our message, support the strong people of all genders who are taking such personal risks, and make sure that this is one of those watershed moments in history where things never go back to the way they were before. This is the moment we stand together and say. #TIMESUP. We hope you’ll stand with us.
But by all means, let's talk about that missing apostrophe:
And while we're at it, let's not overlook her hairdo:
It's soooo boring when women stop being cute and start being political, right?
Yeah getting a bit too much. So political... arghhh over it. I just want to hang with J-Law— Helen Arvanitopoulos (@HouseOfHelias) March 5, 2018
Fortunately, some people had their priorities in order:
... So a movement against sexual harassment and for equality... And you decide to attack her body image. No idea who you are, nor do I care, but the only one who should be concerned with their body image is the person themselves.— Markus Buxton (@Bux_Mark) March 5, 2018
Her fringe, her tat! Kudos to her for raising awareness. What have u done?— Yvonne Nicolson (@vonnienic) March 5, 2018
GOOD ON HER.
Excellent. If this is how she raises awareness then good on her. It worked!!— Debs 🦄🧚🏻♀️ (@debsrigby) March 5, 2018
There was even some debate over whether or not the tattoo was real:
Watson responded to the brouhaha with characteristic dry humor:
Fake tattoo proofreading position available. Experience with apostrophes a must.— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) March 5, 2018
An obvious explanation, if one is warranted, is that #TimesUp is a hashtag, along with #MeToo, and hashtags do not support punctuation. Watson has yet to comment on #BangsGate.
H/T: News Sky