Emma Watson graduated from Brown University over the weekend.
But it’s interesting to note that much older woman standing to her right.
It’s not a continuing education student. That’s a bodyguard, there to mace you, handcuff you, even shoot you if you get too close to the graduate.
The woman, pictured above with badge, gun, mace, ear-piece and who knows what else, stood next to Emma in cap and gown and tried to blend in as much as a burly woman at least twice the star’s age could blend into a field of 20-somethings.
Afterwards she shed her ceremonial disguise to reveal her true self. Emma had a police escort too, officers who didn’t bother to wear grad garb and who wanted to be noticed.
She can’t be like ordinary people, even in a college graduation. In today’s world, stars’ every move must be watched by someone else. A simple walk down the street, an afternoon in a public place, shopping at the mall, things we all take for granted, are either impossible for celebrities or require more coordinating than the Normandy invasion. If you’ve ever seen all the attendants that are needed even to get them from the terminal to their transportation when they’re arriving in LAX, you’ll know it’s all gotten infinitely more complicated—and risky—in this age of Internet and instant communication. It’s a sad fact that will make the life of anyone who reaches for the spotlight very different even years after their fame is over.
Not that Emma’s is anywhere near over. Since she started attending the school in 2009, she’s managed to make Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah, and (unfortunately) This Is The End. Not bad for someone who also had to attend classes, write papers and do other work that eventually earned her a degree in English.
Wonder if she was ever able to just hang out like an ordinary college kid whenever she wanted. It was probably tough.
At any rate, on this special day for Emma, there’s only one thing we want to say (besides congratulations, of course).
Plastics, Emma. Plastics.