Emma Watson was recently named The Ms. Foundation’s Top Feminist Celebrity of 2014 and her choice to appear topless in her upcoming role in Regression may prove controversial.
In preview screenings of the film, the 24-year-old actress appears in a scene with her breasts exposed, a scene audience members deemed “useless and ineffective.”
It is unclear whether the potentially controversial scene will remain in the final cut of the film directed by Alejandro Amenábar, but if so, she will not likely be accused of appearing topless for sexually explicit reasons.
According to Inquisitr, an attendee of one of the preview screenings felt that Watson’s choice was courageous, but may have only been half-hearted.
“You can see her breasts but they are partially obscured,” the preview attendee said. “I think she may have been wearing pasties to cover her nipples.”
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“We celebrate all feminists every day, but today we’re giving a hat tip to celebrities who are helping to promote women’s equality,” said foundation CEO Teresa Younger, when introducing the Harry Potter actress, who gave an inspiring speech at the event. “Every celebrity on the list has either embraced the term ‘feminist’, spoken out for women’s equal rights or battled against sexist oppression.”
Regression tells the story of “a young woman who accuses her father of sexually abusing her, but the father has no memory of committing the crime,” according to Inquisitr. “A detective (Ethan Hawke) and a psychologist (David Thewlis) then help the man uncover his suppressed memories, which in turn expose a terrifying nationwide conspiracy.”