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Maisie Williams takes on Emma Watson's first-world feminism

The young star also talks openly about her experiences with cyberbullying

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 17 Dec 2014

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Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams has a thing or two to say about the kind of feminism that Emma Watson talked about at the UN in September this year.

Though Maisie tweeted her support for Emma's #heforshe campaign when it first launched, in an interview with The Guardian last week she expressed her impatience with what she is calling "first-world feminism."

"A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, 'that doesn't bother me', said Maisie. "I know things aren't perfect for women in the UK and in America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse."

That's an especially sound observation coming from a girl who's only 17 when you consider the increasing number of celebs proudly declaring their rejection of feminism (Evangeline, Shailene, we still don't get it).

In the same interview, Maisie talked about campaigning for larger issues, such as breast cancer, and addressing the rising dangers caused by cyberbullying. She is set to star in a drama with UK's Channel 4 called Cyber Bully where she'll play a girl who is threatened and blackmailed by an online bully. She also contributed to the script as she wanted to portray teenagers' online habits as accurately as possible. The film is scheduled to air in early 2015.

Having been a victim of cyberbullying herself, Maisie removed several of her social media accounts and in the same interview drew attention to just how serious the issue is. "Kids are killing themselves," she said. "It's very serious. … Those [teenage] years are such a strange, strange time, because you're just constantly trying to do the right thing and be liked. Or just go under the radar and fit in. And before you know it, you're being attacked by everyone and it's really scary."

But fame does come with a price, and we all know how crazy the world has gotten over Game of Thrones, which heads into its fifth season in spring next year. Maisie handles it all in her stride and aspires to just "be as normal as I can and do what I love for a living”. Now there's a role model to look up to.

Related: Emma Watson and celebs talk about closing the gender gap
Related: Celebrities who support Emma Watson's #HeForShe feminist campaign


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