Viral Video: Emma Watson Inspires Malala To Call Herself A Feminist
In a video interview, actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gets education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai to do something she's never done before: call herself a feminist.
The moment came in a live Q&A posted on Watson's Facebook page. The video, which was promoting Yousafzai's film "He Named Me Malala," has gone viral with 4 million views in just two days. In the interview, Yousafzai tells Watson that her September 2014 #HeForShe speech, which called on men to support gender equality, inspired her to embrace the term.
"This word, feminism, it has been a very tricky word. When I heard it the first time, I heard some negative responses and some positive ones," Yousafzai says in the video.
"I hesitated in saying am I a feminist or not and then after hearing your speech, when you said 'if not now, when? If not me, who?' I decided that there's no way and there's nothing wrong by calling yourself a feminist, so I am a feminist. And feminism is another word for equality."
In her Facebook post, Watson describes that exchange as the most moving of the day.
Honoured to interview Malala yesterday: https://t.co/1G83qjgvJn #notjustamovieamovement #HeNamedMeMalala @MalalaFund pic.twitter.com/LVaKz2A60N— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) November 5, 2015
"I had initially planned to ask Malala whether or not she was a feminist but then researched to see whether she had used this word to describe herself," she wrote. "Having seen that she hadn't, I decided to take the question out before the day of our interview. To my utter shock Malala put the question back into one of her own answers and identified herself."