Trolls accuse Emma Watson of 'exploiting' Alan Rickman's death after she shares his own feminist quote

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Alan Rickman dead at 69

British actor Alan Rickman has died aged 69.

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It must be hard for online misogynists to finally learn that their heroes don't endorse their own ugly prejudices. Their solution? Shutting their eyes and sticking their fingers in the ears and yelling, "Stop it! It's not true!" 

Online trolls have accused actress Emma Watson of "exploiting" the death of her Harry Potter co-star Alan Rickman, after she shared a quote from the actor in which he voiced his support for feminism.

"There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist, I think it is to our mutual advantage," says Rickman's quote, posted to Twitter by Watson following the actor's death overnight, aged 69.

Rickman and Watson in in <i>Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</i> (2004).

Rickman and Watson in in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Photo: Warner Brothers


But the internet's trolls - probably with minds blown following decades of modelling their own slimy personalities on Rickman's diabolical Die Hard villain Hans Gruber - didn't want to hear it.

"Don't make us hate him," one cried at Watson's use of Rickman's own words in her tribute. "Also, nice using your dead friend [for] your own agenda."

Sadly for these nuts, Rickman's own words do (shock!) actually represent his own feelings.

The actor had regularly spoken in support of women's rights, including Watson's own #HeForShe campaign, which called on men to contribute to the feminist cause.

"I always think 'feminist' just means common sense," he told Entertainment Weekly in June last year, adding, "Do I live in a world and certainly in a business that is incredibly unfair to women? Yes, I do."