[UPDATE] Emma Watson Threatened With Nude Photo Leak After Inspiring Speech (VIDEO)

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Emma Watson is proof that no good deed goes unpunished. Recently, (normal) folks have been giving her major props after her passionate speech for gender equality at the United Nations. But apparently some bigots nowadays still aren't for, you know, equality and all that jazz ...

A report from Business Insider claims that a user from 4chan, you know, the site behind those other infamous celeb nude photo leaks, put up a countdown. They warned that Emma could become the next star to have her iCloud hacked so the world could see her most private photos on her cellphone/whatever iCloud is.

Sigh. This is so disgusting on so many levels.

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As everyone is very aware, quite a few high-profile celebrities, such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian, had their iClouds hacked and private photos published on the Internet for the world to see. A gross invasion of privacy that surely had many people googling, "what is an icloud?" after all of the photos leaked. And now the site is back in the headlines yet again, with the anonymous user posting an "Emma You Are Next" countdown next to a picture of the actress.

Even though it remains to be seen if these nude photos actually exist, it's still insanely sad that Emma gave a speech over something that mostly everyone should agree on, and instead of effecting change, she's being threatened.

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Regardless of the riches, fame, and glamour, at times, it must be tough being a woman in Hollyweird. It's hard to imagine that if a man were to make an impassioned speech like this, he would be threatened in the same way. Here are some of the things Emma said in her speech that was clearly insulting enough to bring out these senseless attacks (sarcasm):

I decided I was a feminist and this seemed uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.

Why is the word such an uncomfortable one? I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.

And:

If men don't have to be aggressive in order to be accepted, women won't feel compelled to be submissive. If men don't have to control, women won't have to be controlled. Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. ... It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals.

Check out the full video of her speech if you'd like:

Sooooo horrific, right? Not to mention inspiring, enlightening, intelligent, and articulate. Let's hope the countdown on 4chan is nothing more than an idle threat. Emma should be enjoying praise and recognition for her speech, not being in fear that her most private photos could potentially be exposed the world.

UPDATE: Well, it turns out we needn't be so cynical after all.

The whole mess turned out to be a stunt by Rantic Marketing in order to shut down 4chan.

That initial countdown redirected to Rantic's website, and the clock has been replaced by "#shutdown4chan" as well as a letter to President Barack Obama calling for Internet censorship.

Hmmm, okay, looks like we can sleep better at nights from now on.

Do you think 4chan should be shut down?

 

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