Emma Watson Joins Laughing Campaign Against Turkish Deputy Prime Minister

The politician’s comments have sparked an outcry.

1. Actress Emma Watson has posted a picture on Twitter of herself in hysterics as part of a campaign against comments made by Turkish politician Bülent Arınç.

2. Women have been uploading pictures of themselves laughing after the deputy prime minister said women should not be seen laughing in public because it contributed to worsening “moral corruption” in the country.

3. According to the Guardian, Arınç said in a speech on Monday:

A man should be moral but women should be moral as well, they should know what is decent and what is not decent.

She should not laugh loudly in front of all the world and should preserve her decency at all times.

4. The response has been rather wonderful.

Yoğun istek üzerine #direnkahkaha Arınç' ve avarelerine gelsin...

— Xemrevîn (@zeynebduygu)

Turkish women, nay, all women can laugh in public if they darn well want to! #direnkahkaha

— Syaza (@syazanajwa)

#direnkahkaha We are with you girls! #kahkaha #Italy

— Vittoria Iacovella (@vittoriacovella)

Today I'm laughing in solidarity with turkish women #direnkahkaha

— Veronica Simmonds (@VeeSimmonds)

Stop laughing - cuz @bulent_arinc said so! #direnkahkaha

— Capulcu TurkKick (@TurkKick)

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

Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

12. Her appointment was so popular it crashed the UN’s website.

The exciting announcement of @EmWatson's appointment as our Goodwill Ambassador crashed our website! We apologize &hope to be back up soon.

— UN Women (@UN_Women)

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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