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Emma Watson launching the #HeForShe campaign in New York (Pic: Evan Agostini Invision/AP)
Emma Watson launching the #HeForShe campaign in New York (Pic: Evan Agostini Invision/AP)
Emma Watson launching the #HeForShe campaign in New York (Pic: Evan Agostini Invision/AP)

It has been something of a week for Emma Watson. She began with a stirring speech at the United Nations to launch the #HeForShe campaign, asking men to lend their support to gender equality issues for the good of society as a whole.

It was a broadly welcomed speech launching what should be a largely incontestable campaign, and yet it caused those sections of the internet most beloved of the media (the ones where angry voices tend to get the most attention) to react poorly.

Supporters and friends of Emma’s have been posting selfies with the #HeForShe hashtag to show solidarity and support, and considering the media storm, some of them are fairly high-profile.

Let’s start with this guy:

Neil Gaiman, come on down:

Simon Pegg, step forward:

And if you thought that sounded like a speech from Gladiator, here’s the guy that made it:

Even the Partially Deceased are getting in on the act, as In The Flesh star Luke Newberry proves:

And let’s not forget old schoolfriends (from Hogwarts anyway). Neville Longbottom:

Best of all, given all the shouting, should you have looked at that last picture with disquiet, given the wife-beater, swimming pool and bro-verloaded facial hair, Matthew issued this gentlemanly retraction with his very next tweet:

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By Fraser McAlpine