Wednesday, June 23, 2010

EW Interviews Rob & Kristen, "Rape" Comment Addressed

Entertainment Weekly sat down with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner for a feature interview running in this week’s magazine to discuss the world they inhabit within the Twilight universe, both on screen and off. In today’s preview, the stars open up about the glare of the media spotlight and how its intrusiveness recently led Stewart to compare it to rape — a comment she has since apologized for.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you feel more at peace about being in the spotlight these days?

KRISTEN STEWART: I just feel more comfortable, more myself, and I feel less bare. I feel much more like nobody can take anything from me. Before, I felt literally like my chest was cracked open and people could just reach in and examine and pick at anything they wanted, and it just freaked me right out.

You got a lot of criticism recently for comparing the intrusiveness of the paparazzi to rape. The comment got blown out of proportion very quickly, and you apologized.

STEWART: I’m so sensitive about stuff like that. That is the one subject that means a lot to me. I made one movie directly concerning it [2004's Speak], and I made another one where my character has a horrible history of rape [2010's Welcome to the Rileys]. I talked to a lot of people about it. I used the wrong word. I should have said “violated.” But I’m young and emotional. It’s just the way it goes sometimes. I probably shouldn’t say this, but I just feel like people got so excited once they saw that it was me. It was like, “Sweet! Let’s get her!” And then for the people to exploit it under the guise of being morally upstanding is disgusting — and it embarrassed me because I was a part of it.

Did you see it all unfold and then think, I have to issue an apology?

STEWART: No, I was in Korea when it all got bad. My publicist called me and said RAINN had issued this terrible statement.
STEWART: You know, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
PATTINSON: None of those associations came out and gave a statement [criticizing Kristen] without being called upon by the media first — who were doing it specifically to get hits on their websites. That whole system of Internet journalists, where no one is called to account, is almost entirely about hate. All these people get away with doing it because they have no responsibility to anyone. All they need is to get a salacious headline and people click on it, because it’s easy. And it’s quite good being part of these Twilight films because you have to give so many interviews all the time, you can defend yourself. That’s the only way. All of us stick together, as well. There are so many little nerds behind their computers, on their little blogs.

STEWART: See, if I said that? Crucifixion. You can say so much more than me. It’s insane.

PATTINSON: That’s not true at all. When did I say anything [controversial]?

STEWART: You’re really good, but you could say, “I just took a s***on the Queen’s face,” and people would be like, “Oh, I love him! I love him!”

Mandy's Mind - What do you think? I agree, people love Rob so much he could say or so almost anything... Kristen has it way harder... why do you think that is? I am a just a "little nerd behind my computer, on my little blog" but my opinion is that people adore Rob and while many also adore Kristen she gets it way harder and I think it is because of people's love for Rob and straight up catiness against women...

Kristen sticks to what she believes in, speaks her mind, and we need to respect that.... the alternative is completely rehersed, practiced, text book, cookie cutter answers, comments and responses... LAME



Anonymous said...

I started following the news about these actors only a couple of months ago; but, even in that short period of time, I have been quite surprised by the level of viciousness with which people write and speak about Kristen Stewart. Catty it does seem to be and this sort of attitude baffles me.

At any rate, if I had been hit with so much criticism and hostility when I was 18 to 20 years old, I would have felt just as Kristen expresses that she feels, but I have no doubt that I would have dealt with it with much less grace that she does. My hat is off to her.


Anonymous said...

Kristen gets it way harder because most of her fan base right now derive from the Twilight fandom. With the Twilight fandom comes the shippers, the nonstens, the hags, the trolls, the foamers, the haters, the krisbians, and the Robsten lovers. (Did I cover everyone?) On top of that, while there are male Twilights, they are sparse at best... meaning you have a ton of women at each others throat's about every tiny detail of Twilight.

What do some of these so called women fans lurv to do... hate on other women, making poor Kristen target number uno and making Rob Holy Than Thou for the mere fact that women want to f' him.

Kitty said...

Kristen is a "strong, independent woman" and very successful and, sadly, that is something that many ppl feel threated by and/or jealous of. I am glad that she made the response she did to Rob (even tho I think he was trying to defend her). It was also pretty funny in a dark sort of way.

Anonymous said...

i so totally agree with you mandy, was a little shocked at the " nerds behind the computer" comment, but that's just out of context. But it's true Kristen does get the brunt of it,and it's not fair. She is an actress doing a job, and last i checked we had free speech, but he wonderful media spins their tricks, and the have to bow down and apologize to the public, like nobody else makes mistakes, " cast the first stone almighty media"

Deborah said...

I thought it was very sweet how Rob came to Kristen's defence, but her comment was inappropriate, & she definitely should have chosen a better word than "rape". That said, I do agree, that yes, the media is more critical of what Kristen says & how she says it, but I also think that Kristen is very young, & because she has acquired fame & attention VERY quickly, she needs to learn how to deal with all the media/paparazzi - whether positive or negative. If she can learn some diplomacy, & how to "hold her tongue", life will be much easier for her. After many years in the workforce, I must say that it's just a fact of life that men can get away with MUCH MORE than women; whether it's what they say, what they wear, how they present themselves professionally or publically...they just do not get criticized like women do! I think Kristen is handling herself much better, & I wish her all the best with her career.