WiLab Loves: Emma Watson and Turkish Women Defy Prime Minister With Laughter

Screen Shot 2014-08-01 at 1.28.33 PMEmma Watson’s tweet yesterday has the world talking.

Proving that laughter is infectious – and the best antidote – British actor Emma Watson showed Twitter solidarity with thousands of women who have posted mirthful pictures of themselves in defiance of a call by a Turkish politician for women to stop laughing in public.

Watson, of Harry Potter fame, tweeted a photograph of herself doubled up in stitches and linking to the Guardian report of the Twitter backlash against Turkish deputy prime minister Bülent Arinç, who said in a speech to mark Eid al-Fitr on Monday that women should be “chaste”, know the difference between public and private, and “she should not laugh in public”.

Thousands of women have since posted pictures of themselves laughing out loud with the hashtags #direnkahkaha in protest and to highlight women’s rights in Turkey.

Last month it was announced Watson had been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations.

Turkish Women laugh on twitter

Turkish women respond on social media to remarks of Bülent Arinç

Originally posted on The Guardian by Caroline Davis, July 31, 2014



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Originally posted 2014-08-01 13:30:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter