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Piling on Kristen Stewart

Piling on Kristen Stewart

It’s been a couple of weeks (in fact almost a month) since the world learned that Kristen Stewart made out with her Snow White and the Huntsman director and caused a total gigantic meltdown in the Twisphere.  The initial piece I wrote The Public Shaming of Kristen Stewart got more comments than any other piece I’ve ever written.  Clearly, people are interested in this. 

While I’m sure that Kristen Stewart hoped that her public apology was going to help the problem go away it is clear that this thing is here to stay at least for the near future.  Not even the Olympics got her a break, and now that those are over and we are going full tilt into the political season, we need a side show and Kristen Stewart has given that to us wrapped up in a big pouty bow. 

Too bad the poor girl can’t just hang out in her bed and cry and eat ice cream.  She’s got to get out and promote not one, but two, movies this fall.  One at Toronto – On the Road, a small indie, and then the big behemoth, The final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn Part 2.

I feel bad for her.  I know she made out with an older married man but she is no war criminal.  It seems that people are just now piling on her just because they can.  It’s getting mean and it looks to me like people are enjoying watching her squirm.  This is a town that loves to build up its stars when they are making money, but is even quicker to tear them down when that gravy train is threatened.

This indiscretion is not only effecting her personal life, it is also effecting her career.  There have been many conflicting reports that her role at the lead character in Snow White and the Huntsman will be excised from the sequel to build a story on the Huntsman.  The Hollywood Reporter launched the first salvo with a piece two weeks ago declaring that Stewart had been dropped from the sequel.   The shit hit the storm so bad that Universal chief Donna Langley had to issue a public denial saying: “We are extremely proud of Snow White And The Huntsman and we’re currently exploring all options to continue the franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”  But what did happen was the A-List writer David Koepp departed the franchise because as he said yesterday to Movieline all his ideas about the movie involved Kristen Stewart’s character a “but then they wanted to explore a different thing that I had no ideas for.”

And by the way Rupert Sanders is not being publicy shamed as Stewart is since Universal bought the property 90 Church: The True Story of the Narcotics Squad from Hell for him to direct.

So this shit show continues to plague Stewart with only Jodie Foster standing up for her.  I’ve been hard of Foster for her loyalty to Mel Gibson.  But even though I disagree I admire that she stands up for her friends not giving a shit of what people think of her.  She wrote a piece in the Daily Beast telling people to basically leave Kristen the fuck alone. 

Foster goes after the tabloids that suck your soul in her defense of Stewart and talks about how she would no doubt not be who she is today had the tabloid world existed when she was a kid growing up as an actor.

Just to set the record straight, a salary for a given on-screen performance does not include the right to invade anyone’s privacy, to destroy someone’s sense of self.

Aside from Foster who played Stewart’s mom a decade ago in Panic Room, no one has really stood up for this young woman. 

And people — people who were fan of hers — are just piling on.  The Twlight fandom is full of vindictive and petty people.  It is shameful and they all need to get over themselves.   We live in such a woman hating culture that there are now t-shirts that say: “Kristen Stewart is a Trampire” and “We Hate Kristen” and “Kristen Stewart F***ing Sucks” and “F*** Kristen Stewart. 

It’s my guess that the fans never really liked Kristen Stewart.  They liked the fabrication of the relationship of the two actors playing characters in the movie who happened to fall in love off screen.  They liked her when she was happy with Rob Pattinson even though they denied their relationship to the public (which helped add to the frenzy.)  Maybe if they would have just come out and said that they were together and then broke up things might have gone a bit easier on her.  But it is the fact that she cheated on Rob who has been deified here amid reports that he is no saint himself.

None of us know what went on in their relationship.  But now it is look like it is over.  The tabloids are stalking her even more and now I’m guessing they’d be ok with her not smiling in pictures.  Kristen Stewart does not deserve to be the Hollywood punching bag for the next four months until Twilight comes out.  She’s earned money for a lot of people and she is just a kid.  I think the people fueling these stories should take a look in their own houses and their own daughters and sons and figure out how they would feel if their kid were constantly subjected to this mess. 

But most of their kids did not choose to be actors and maybe now Kristen Stewart is regretting making that career decision herself.  This whole thing makes me so sad.

Kristen Stewart Dropped from ‘Snow White’ Sequel Plans (Exclusive) (HR)

David Koepp on SWATH 2: ‘I Couldn’t’ See Sequel Being Made Without Kristen Stewart (Movieline)

Jodie Foster Blasts Kristen Stewart–Robert Pattinson Break-Up Spectacle (The Daily Beast)

Kristen Stewart scandal: Shirt bullies actress — don’t buy it (EW)

Universal Denies THR Story That Kristen Stewart Has Been Dropped From ‘Huntsman’ Sequel (Deadline)

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