Emma Watson has been an outspoken activist for women, minorities, and lately, refugees. Back in September 2015, she posted a simple tweet using the hashtag #refugeeswelcome, but some people in Britain aren’t too pleased about her welcoming attitude. After all, don’t you know refugees are just terrorists and job stealers? Hermione clearly never got that memo, so someone started a petition on Change.org that’s been gaining a lot of traction lately and calls for Emma to spend a week completely unguarded and on her own in a refugee/migrant camp in Calais. Yikes.
“In order to show how safe current migration is to Europe, particularly regarding the cause of feminism (I reject wholeheartedly the notion that North African and Middle Eastern migrants are unsafe, and rapists), Emma Watson should spend a week’s holiday in a Calais migrant camp, without guards of course, to show how safe, and how pro feminism these migrants are.”
Look, no one’s saying that migrant camps are paradise, or that there aren’t serious issues with the open border situation that’s happening in much of Europe at the moment. But suggesting that someone put themselves in danger — because let’s be clear, that’s what the petition starter is saying should happen, here — as a way of proving that they’re wrong about their opinions/to shut them up is ridiculous.
Obviously this will never happen, but people really do have way too much time on their hands.