‘Legend’ Emma Watson is an ‘example of true feminism’ in resurfaced Paris Lees interview

Emma Watson smiles while being interviewed

Harry Potter star Emma Watson has been praised for being an “example of true feminism” after her interview with Paris Lees resurfaced.

With her usual grace and composure, Watson told the trans journalist in an interview with Vogue that she was more than “comfortable” with Lees using the women’s toilets.

In fact, she stressed at the time, it’s not even up for debate.

During the 2020 interview, Lees asked the 31-year-old a question so much of the right-wing press and politicians are seemingly obsessed with: trans people using restrooms.

“Do you feel comfortable with me using female toilets?” Lees asked. “Does that depend on me having had surgery?

“What would you say to those people who would have an issue sharing a public bathroom with me?”

In response to those three questions, Watson said: “Oh my god, of course! No! I would say: that’s another human being.”

Emma Watson praised by LGBT+ people while transphobic trolls try to tear her down

Watson’s remarks resurfaced on Twitter Saturday evening (9 April) after the British government announced it will exclude trans people from its conversion therapy ban.

The move, a U-turn that followed Boris Johnson initially scrapping the ban altogether, ignited a firestorm of criticism from LGBT+ rights groupsmajor medical bodies and even government officials.

This came only days after the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a watchdog, issued guidelines for single-sex services that legal experts told PinkNews amounted to a manual on how to “blanket ban” trans people.

LGBT+ Twitter users praised Watson’s 2020 comments as what “true feminism” looks like all while anti-trans trolls slammed her, because of course they did.

Emma Watson has long been a trans ally. While presenting a prize at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs) last month, Watson said she is “here for all the witches” of the world.

Her fans took her statement as a “giant dig” against Harry Potter author JK Rowling, whose controversial opinions on trans rights have deeply roiled LGBT+ people.

And it wasn’t the first time she stood up for trans people in the face of Rowling. In 2020, the Scottish writer published a meandering essay outlining her troubling stance on trans rights.

Days later, Watson took to Twitter and announced she had donated to Mermaids, a charity that supports trans youth.

“Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are,” she tweeted.

“I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.”