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Emma Watson's Time's Up tattoo had its fair share of admirers at the Oscars last night, but it also drew attention for one unfortunate grammatical error - the apostrophe had been missed out.
As a man with an apostrophe in his name, I can kind of understand how Emma Watson missed out this one. Mine is an absolute pain in the arse when it comes to booking anything online (don't get me started on trying to book flights).
That said, Watson is a highly educated graduate of Brown University and a UN ambassador, so you'd think she'd have her punctuation and grammar on lockdown.
Then again, while I'm an absolute stickler/arsehole for the correct use of punctuation and grammar, it's also important to note that the meaning behind the tattoo is more important than the omission of an apostrophe.
Watson's tattoo - which may be a transfer - is a reference to the Time's Up movement, which took off in 2017 following a slew of sexual assault and harassment allegations against a number of high profile men.
These revelations cast light upon historic abuses of power within the industry, which included everything from intimidation to groping and rape.
Watson has been a vocal supporter of the Time's Up movement, and a notable voice for women's rights.
In 2014 she was appointed UN Women Goodwill ambassador and spoke at the UN, receiving a number of threats afterwards which served only to galvanise her commitment to pushing for gender equality.
Last month, she donated £1m of her own money to fund the fight against a 'culture of harassment, abuse and impunity'. The Justice and Equality Fund was set up in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, with the aim of tackling sexual harassment and discrimination in the entertainment industry.
"There is a wall of silence against women and violence, and every time a woman speaks out it breaks a crack in that wall." - @MaraiLarasi
- Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) January 8, 2018
Her guest at the 2018 Golden Globe awards was Marai Larasi, executive director of UK-based Imkaan, which aims to highlight, respond to and prevent violence against marginalised European girls and women.
Watson's grammar lapse might gain a few headlines, but the good thing about apostrophes is that you can always add them in afterwards. They're wonderful like that.
Moreover, in the grand scheme of things, an absent apostrophe compared to years of systemic societal and industry misconduct, along with Watson's own efforts towards positive change, suggest that she should probably be given a pass on this one.
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