Maisie Williams Offers Brilliant Reason To Stop Calling People 'Feminists'

Why has no one thought of this before?
Maisie Williams is just as badass in real life as her fictional "Game Of Thrones" character Arya Stark.
Maisie Williams is just as badass in real life as her fictional "Game Of Thrones" character Arya Stark.
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Maisie Williams proposed a rather genius idea about the feminist label.

In an interview for Entertainment Weekly published Tuesday, the "Game Of Thrones" star discussed the HBO show's upcoming season 6 premiere and the feminist issues the series brings up.

Williams told EW that in one of her first-ever interviews for "GoT" she was asked if her character Arya Stark is a feminist. "I didn’t even know what a feminist was," Williams said. "And then someone explained it to me. And I remember thinking, 'Isn’t that just like everyone?' And then I realized everyone is not a feminist, unfortunately."

The 18-year-old actress also offered a brilliant reason to discard the "feminist" label altogether:

I also feel like we should stop calling feminists 'feminists' and just start calling people who aren’t feminist 'sexist' -- and then everyone else is just a human. You are either a normal person or a sexist. People get a label when they’re bad.

Williams said that "GoT" -- which is known for its brutal rape scenes and excessive violence against women -- brings to light many feminist subjects that she's often intimidated to speak about.

"I’m going to say this in this interview, but I wouldn’t say it with anyone else: I sometimes really worry about speaking up about feminist subjects out of fear of being bashed by women on social media. And there’s something not right there," Williams told EW. "Yeah, sometimes it’s men too. But there are women who are just nasty. I’m trying to do the best I can. I got a voice. I believe in equality and I know I have more power than the average person to reach people. And I just get petrified in case people are rude."

Don't worry, Maisie. You and your feminist commentary are top-notch.

Head over to Entertainment Weekly to read the rest of the interview

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