Posted by Alisha Ramos on October 1, 2009 at 11:18 am
Update: Read the story on Emma Watson at The Harvard Crimson here. [10/02/09]
In today’s issue of Page Six, The Voice was charged with “an orchestrated campaign of Ivy League harassment,” referring to the live blog of the Harvard vs. Brown football game at which a certain Emma Watson was present.
The absurdity of this accusation is far beyond the reality of the situation. The Voice denies any efforts to “orchestrate” a mass mob of gawkers. In fact, the bloggers were never certain whether or not Watson was actually present and never once caught a glimpse of her, only rumors. The presence of a luminary on campus inevitably creates much speculation and excitement, certainly without the help of an intentionally facetious live blog. Long before the day of the game there had been much buzz across campus regarding Watson’s attendance. When analyzing the live blog — as it seems is necessary at this point — it becomes clear that the blog post is indeed a parody of one that might originate from an overeager fan with no intentions of watching the football game at hand. The blog was meant as an intentionally sensationalist parody for which no real action was taken — certainly no actions of “harassment,” as we have been so charged by Mr. Neel Shah of Page Six.
As stated earlier in the Editor’s Note, the photograph of Watson was taken completely on happenstance as one of our photographers left the grounds the same time as Watson. The photo is a result of what any person might do (albeit a person perhaps more excited than the average) in spotting an admired celebrity on campus. The fact that The Voice actually obtained a photo of Watson at the game was just as surprising to us as anybody.
The Voice apologizes for any misunderstanding that the live blog may have caused and for any discomfort Miss Watson may have felt due to the post.