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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (L ) looks at United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon,while they pose for a picture while they attend the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori, left, and Director of UN Women Gulden Turkoz, right, applaud after a speech by Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (L) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose for a photo September 20, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. The two were on hand to the Launch of the HeForShe Campaign. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, takes notes during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups which are pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase its numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson arrives to the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED SATES - SEPTEMBER 20: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka head of UN Women (L), President-elect of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (2nd L), UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (3th L), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (3th R), his wife Soon-taek Madam Yoo Ban (2nd R) and actor Kiefer Sutherland (R) attend the ''HeForShe'' United Nations campaign at the Peninsula Hotel in New York, United States on September 20, 2014. (Photo by Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED SATES - SEPTEMBER 20: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (center) speaks during the ''HeForShe'' United Nations campaign meeting in New York, United States on September 20, 2014. (Photo by Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose for a picture while they attend the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (C ) speaks with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon while they attend the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (R) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose for a photo September 20, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. The two were on hand to the Launch of the HeForShe Campaign. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED SATES - SEPTEMBER 20: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka head of UN Women (L), President-elect of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (2nd L), UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (3th L), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (3th R), his wife Soon-taek Madam Yoo Ban (2nd R) and actor Kiefer Sutherland (R) attend the ''HeForShe'' United Nations campaign at the Peninsula Hotel in New York, United States on September 20, 2014. (Photo by Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (C ) attends the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (C-Left ) walks next to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, while they attend the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
Actor Kiefer Sutherland and Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador attends the Launch of the HeForShe Campaign September 20, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (L) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose for a photo September 20, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. The two were on hand to the Launch of the HeForShe Campaign. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Ugandan Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, and actor Kiefer Sutherland attends the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (C ) attends the HeForShe campaign launch at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
(L-R) UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, and actor Kiefer Sutherland pose for a photo September 20, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. The group gathered to the Launch of the HeForShe Campaign. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (C) speaks next to Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori (L) and the Director of the UN Women Programme Division Gulden Turkoz-Cosslett (R) during the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations, at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (R) speaks with Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori during the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
British Actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson (L) speaks, next to an unidentified translator, during the presentation of the UN Womens HeForShe campaign to Non Governmental Organizations at the Uruguay's Parliament in Montevideo on September 17, 2014. The UN project intends to mobilize one billion men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. The premise is that inequality is a human rights issue, the resolution of which will benefit everyone socially, politically and economically. AFP PHOTO/ Miguel ROJO (Photo credit should read MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images)
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the The Peninsula Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini Invision/AP)
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the The Peninsula Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini Invision/AP)
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson attends the HeForShe United Nations campaign launch party at the The Peninsula Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini Invision/AP)
In this Sept. 17, 2014 photo, fans of UK actress Emma Watson peek from behind a curtain as a security guard stands by inside Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay. Watson is at Parliament in her role as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for an event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Emma Watson attends the Elle Style Awards 2014 at one Embankment on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 03: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Emma Watson attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at The Royal Opera House on September 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Emma Watson attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at The Royal Opera House on September 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Emma Watson attends the Elle Style Awards 2014 at one Embankment on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, right, speaks with Uruguay's Vice President Danilo Astori during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase their numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, takes notes during an event at Parliament in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. Watson attended the event organized by women's groups which are pushing the country's lawmaking body to increase its numbers of elected female senators and deputies. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Emma Watson attends the UK premiere of 'Noah' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 31, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Emma Watson attends the UK premiere of 'Noah' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 31, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Emma Watson attends the UK premiere of 'Noah' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 31, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Emma Watson (Bag Detail) attends the UK premiere of 'Noah' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 31, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Emma Watson (L) and guest attend the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Emma Watson attends the Elle Style Awards 2014 at one Embankment on February 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Emma Watson attends the GQ Men of the Year awards at The Royal Opera House on September 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
British actress Emma Watson and Australian actor Russell Crowe pose for photographers as they arrive at the UK premiere of Noah in Leicester Square, London, Monday March 31, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Emma Watson arrives at the UK premiere of Noah in Leicester Square, London, Monday March 31, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Presenter Alex Zane and Emma Watson on stage during the UK premiere of Noah in Leicester Square, London, Monday March 31, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Emma Watson and Russell Crowe greet each other as they arrive at the UK premiere of Noah in Leicester Square, London, Monday March 31, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Actress Emma Watson arrives on the red carpet for the Elle Style Awards on the Embankment in central London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
British actress Emma Watson arrives on the red carpet for the Elle Style Awards on the Embankment in central London, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Emma Watson's shoes at the LA premiere of "The Bling Ring" at the Director's Guild of America on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
July 11, 2011 - New York, New York, U.S. - Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson arrive at the premiere of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'' at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York on July 11, 2011.(Credit Image: © Sharon Neetles/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Stars Arrive at the 2011 Baftas in London's Covent Garden - 13/02/2011
July 11, 2011 - New York, New York, U.S. - Emma Watson arrives at the premiere of ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'' at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York on July 11, 2011.(Credit Image: © Sharon Neetles/Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)
New York, NY, USA. 26th Mar, 2014. Emma Watson attends the premiere of "Noah" at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 26, 2014 in New York City. © C. Fletcher/Alamy Live News
May 16, 2013 - Cannes, France - CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Actress Emma Watson attends the Premiere of 'The Bling. (Credit Image: © Frederick Injimbert/ZUMAPRESS.com)
New York, NY, USA. 26th Mar, 2014. Emma Watson attends the premiere of "Noah" at the Ziegfeld Theater on March 26, 2014 in New York City. © C. Fletcher/Alamy Live News
Emma Watson, Sofia Coppola, Taissa Fariga, at the gala screening of Jeune & Jolie at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival 16th May 2013
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actress Emma Watson arrives at ELLE's 19th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Emma Watson attends 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' Los Angeles Premiere at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on September 10, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Emma Watson arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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By JEFF IHAZA

On Saturday, actress Emma Watson delivered a stirring speech in front of the United Nations advocating her #HeforShe campaign calling for men to take an active role in feminist politics. The speech quickly went viral and, for the most part, was met with widespread acclaim.

Members of the online forum 4chan were allegedly none too pleased.

Railing against what they call "Social Justice Warriors," a group of 4chan users were reported to have conspired to leak nude photos of Watson in retaliation to her speech. The controversy brought 4chan's torrid history with sexism back to the fore just weeks after the largest leak of celebrity nude photos was discovered on the 4chan forums.

A website titled EmmaYouAreNext.com emerged with a countdown ticker ending this weekend when, presumably, the photos would be leaked.

EmmaYouAreNext

Early Wednesday morning, EmmaYouAreNext no longer displayed the countdown to the scheduled leak. Instead, it pointed users to the homepage of Rantic, which according to its website, is a "social media marketing enterprise that has participated in some of the most viral campaigns and music videos."

Rantic, founded by its current CEO Brad Cockingham, is also responsible for FoxWeekly and the popular Family Guy hoax "The Save Brian Campaign."

The company appears to take issue with 4chan's proliferation of celebrity nude photos. On the Rantic homepage an open letter to President Obama is featured in which they call for the elimination of 4chan as a whole.

" We have been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this disgusting issue to attention. The recent 4chan celebrity nude leaks in past 2 months have been an invasion of privacy and is also clear indication that the internet NEEDS to be censored. Every Facebook like, share & Twitter mention will count as a social signature -- and will be one step closer to shutting down www.4chan.org. "

Rantic's campaign goes further: the company's Twitter account, only active for about a week, is almost exclusively dedicated to the cause of shutting down 4chan. The group's first tweet is somewhat ominous, too.


Many people think this tactic is distracting from Watson's points about equality. In any event, it surely got everyone's attention.
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