Another day, another Sun writer spewing absolute nonsense. Rod Liddle decided that today was an appropriate day to share his ridiculous opinion on Emma Watson’s speech at the UN addressing Gender Based Violence on university campuses. I hesitate to give the idiot any further clickbait, but you can watch Emma’s inspiring speech here. When I gave my 5 year old a very adapted precis of what this charming gentleman had said, his response, in true Godfather style, whilst punching a pillow, was “I think he needs some…attention.” I’ve carefully considered this idea, and what follows is the attention he so richly deserves…
Bitter, are we? I hesitate to point out the delightful correlation between a man arrested in 2005 for assaulting his 20 week pregnant wife dismissing the inspirational speech of a passionate, knowledgeable young woman on sexual assault as “whining, leftie, PC crap”, but surely you understand that you are far from the ideal spokesman on assault, right? No? Well, let’s take this piece of “journalism” of yours from the beginning, shall we?
I’m not sure, reading your writing, that you ever progressed further than year 5. I’d like to give you the benefit of the doubt, but, just in case you were absent that day, let me share with you an important lesson from primary school. Fiction is NOT REAL. The woman you so cheerfully dismiss as “knowing nowt”, is named Emma Watson. Funnily enough, she is unlikely to ever lecture the UN General Assembly on the rules of Quidditch, because Quidditch doesn’t exist. Sorry to be the one to break it to you.
What part of “Goodwill Ambassador” do you not understand? I’m assuming it’s the goodwill part. I’m guessing that was in short supply when you cheated on your first wife. Why she gets to talk at the UN? No, it’s not because she’s standing in for Angelina Jolie. Both, out of interest, are women who’ve accomplished far more in their lives than you will ever do. It’s because she’s a compassionate and committed young woman and because a group of the most influential, intelligent people on the planet recognise her as such and want to hear what she has to say. Not something I expect you’re all that used to.
On to the “whining, leftie, PC crap”. I’m making an assumption here that you’ve not been a victim of sexual assault. Please let me tell you from personal experience that it is really not a life event to cherish. Please do read the words of this unbelievably brave young lady in her statement to Brock Tuuner in court. Do you still want to tell us that Emma was whining? That her denunciation of campus sexual violence is “PC crap”? You, sir, are an ignorant, knuckle dragging troll.
Let me tell you what sexual assault feels like. It feels like the very foundations of your world have been destroyed. Because someone has hurt you, irreparably hurt you, right at the very core of yourself. It feels like nightmares and self hatred. It feels like dulling the pain with whatever comes to hand – anything to make you not have to feel for a bit, even if what seems like your salvation is slowly killing you.
Here’s why those of us with at least two brain cells to rub together take what Emma says seriously. Because this shit matters. Because our daughters are being hurt and broken, and our sons are growing up with toxic ideas of what masculinity means. Because this stuff keeps happening, again and again and again, and idiots like you dismiss it. Because some of us believe that everyone has the right to education without fear of being attacked. Because we’re human.
Mr Liddle, I genuinely feel sorry for you. Your compassion metre seems to be broken, and I’m not sure even “alt-control-delete” will fix this issue. In a minute, I will go and hug the two people in my life who’ve taught me most about the value of unconditional love – my husband and my son. I’ll hug them, and I’ll be grateful for them – two people who understand that violence is never acceptable. I’m gutted that the evidence so far doesn’t say the same about you.