Entertainment Industry started the initiative of Blackout Tuesday which was a collective action to protest racism and police brutality. The action, originally was organized within the music industry in response to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. However, many hands joined in to the initiative.
On Tuesday, Watson posted 3 black Instagram squares with white borders in order support to equality. All of them were posted with four hashtags #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused #amplifymelanatedvoices #amplifyblackvoices.
Since then Emma, got a huge criticism as the fans were not happy. One of the fans mentioned, “Emma please speak up about the important issue! You have a huge platform” while other said,” YOU WAITED 5+ DAYS TO SPEAK AND THIS IS ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY”. Comments flooded in and people slashed her with sarcasm. Cleary a lot of people were expecting much more however there were another bunch of people who loved her for her actions. Fans defended her by saying, “are you kidding, She’s doing so much already and you don’t know what she’s doing outside of social media. What do you do?”
In response to the backslash received, Emma posted a beautiful artwork supporting equality. She explained, “I was holding off posting until #blackouttuesday ended in the UK”. Later on, Emma wrote a heartwarming post saying “I stand with you”.
“There is so much racism, both in our past and present, that is not acknowledged nor accounted for. White supremacy is one of the systems of hierarchy and dominance, of exploitation and oppression, that is tightly stitched into society. As a white person, I have benefited from this. Whist we might feel that, as individuals, we’re working hard internally to be anti-racistt, we need to work harder externally to actively tackle the structural and institutional racism around us. I’m still learning about the many ways I unconsciously support and upload a system that is structurally racist. Over the coming days, I’ll be using my bio link and Twitter to share links to resources I’ve found useful for my own researching, learning, listening. I see your anger, sadness and pain. I cannot know what this feels like for you but it doesn’t mean I won’t try to”- Emma
Fans commented saying, “I do wish you’d posted earlier but I’m glad you’re gonna be spreading stuff”. All of this proves that people are ever ready to judge others so easily. They, however, focus on the ‘what’ rather than emphasizing on the ‘why’. What she posted or how she posted doesn’t matter. Why she posted is something that needs our attention. Is it really important to fight over what a celeb did rather than fighting for the actual issue? Let me remind, we are fighting for “BLACK LIVES MATTER”!