I’m really sad to have to tell you that you didn’t read that headline wrong. Emma Watson is an intelligent woman. She’s the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she went to Brown, and she seems to have it together. Except it seems as though that’s not quite the case, at least if her interview on BBC’s Radio 1 yesterday is anything to go by. You see, Emma loves fashion, but she’s not into animal cruelty. Will she wear leather? Sure, so long as no animals are seriously hurt in the process of getting it.
If you think I’m joking that this came out of a grown, seemingly educated woman’s mouth, here’s the exact quote:
“If it’s well-sourced, maybe? As long as no one’s in tons of awful, horrible pain. As long as no animals are seriously hurt in the process, then that’s fine with me.”
I find it hard to believe that Emma Watson is ignorant enough to not know where leather comes from or how it’s made. Does she think that you can skin an entire animal and then it continues to walk around in the world? I’m just not sure what was going through her head with this, to be honest.
Now, I should note that I’m not anti-leather. I don’t want to think about animals being tortured so in theory, I’m “against” it, but it’s not ever something I’ve campaigned about or felt really strongly about, and I’m also not a vegetarian, so I’m not going to be a hypocrite and act like it’s the worst thing ever when I eat meat. I don’t buy leather, but that’s mostly just because I’m cheap, so it’s always faux for me anyway. I just find it odd that Emma didn’t just say, “Sure, I love leather!” rather than trying to dish out concern that actually just made the whole thing a lot worse.
Other hilarious things said in the interview included Emma’s favourite food being baked beans, her desire to become a yoga instructor, etc. You can read more excerpts here.