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A Conversation with Melissa Rosenberg - Writer of the Twilight Series

by Melissa Silverstein
November 20, 2012 2:00 PM
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WaH: Going back to Twilight for a second, I watched a lot of the craziness unfolding this summer with Kristen Stewart and thought people were incredibly hard on her. And I’m wondering if you had any thoughts being a woman in Hollywood why we are so hard on our women.

MR: Well, I mean, I’ll take it one step broader, they’re extremely hard on Twilight.  When you start to read the criticism of Twilight it’s just vitriol, it’s intense, the contempt.  From critics both men and women. And it’s interesting, you know, there’s a Harvard professor, who wrote an article after the Breaking Dawn called “The Bigotry of Hating Twilight,” and it was very interesting to me.  We’ve seen more than our fair share of bad action movies, bad movies geared toward men or 13-year old boys. And you know, the reviews are like okay that was crappy, but a fun ride. But no one says “Oh my god. If you go to see this movie you’re a complete fucking idiot.”  And that’s the tone, that is the tone with which people attack Twilight.

WaH: I write about that all the time the double standard.

MR: Good. I’m so glad. It’s an incredible double standard. I’m not saying that Twilight is, you know, some brilliant Oscar-winner, it’s not Dr. Zhivago. It’s not trying to be. Because it is a female fantasy. I would argue that it’s actually a universal fantasy.  Which is, the fantasy being to be loved and cherished for exactly who you are. And that I would say is both male and female, but women are drawn to it.

WaH: And also I think that guys don't like women treading on their space.

MR: Right. It’s also because it’s female it’s worthy of contempt. Because it feels female, it is less than.  And that is simply a reflection of our society. That’s not relegated to just movies. That’s just a reflection of why we have so few senators and why we haven’t had a female president yet. It’s reflected all over in board rooms...

WaH: I’m on the same page as you are on this. I did really try to take on this double standard of Kristen and how women are treated on those kinds of issues and what happened was that people who are in the Twilight universe lost their marbles over this. Not even the people who don’t like Twilight but it was people who love Twilight who really felt like she had betrayed them. And I found that very—

MR: Like the Scarlet Letter.

WaH: Yeah. And I just don’t know if you have any opinion on that.

MR:  If it was the other way around, and it was Rob who had cheated on Kristen, it would have been “Oh, he’s a bad boy.”  Poor Kristen. And then he would have gone on to be loved because he’s such a sexy guy. But with a woman, I mean, she’s a whore. And that is where they go with it. It is a archetype, you know. And women tend to be categorized as Madonnas or whores.

WaH: It’s incredibly sexist.

MR: Yeah.

WaH: And it came from a lot of women, too. They like—they attacked me for even defending her.

MR: It’s mostly women who are throwing those criticisms. Here’s the bottom line. She's a kid. She made a mistake. And if she were a man she would be chastised. But what are you gonna do.

WaH: So you’re back doing TV now.  What’s the difference between working in TV versus film?

MR: Oh it’s an enormous difference. First of all, I’m running the show. I’m producing it. I didn’t produce Twilight, I was just a writer on that. For Red Widow every decision comes back to me. From the eyelashes to the hairspray to the shoes to the edit. I’m in control of the creative vision. And it is a writer’s dream to really, really shepherd your vision. And TV’s really the only place the writers get the opportunity to do that.  In features I’ll work collaboratively with the studio and producers and Stephenie on the script.  And that is what it is. I fortunately had really great producers.  But now I get to have my hands all over this.

WaH: I saw that you established a scholarship at Bennington talk a little bit about what that means for you to be able to be philanthropic with your success.

MR: It’s one of the things I love most about what Twilight has brought me.  I finally am in a position to turn around and help others and lift up other women writers.  I am involved with Write Girl, which is such a great organization, because they go into inner city schools and work with underprivileged girls to pair them up with other writers. And it gets them learning to express themselves and become familiar with their own voice.  They have a 100% success ratio getting those girls into college. 100%. And that is all because they’re being mentored by these people and guided. So that’s a whole crop of young women going out into the world that are going to contribute. And I just had such and amazing experience there that I want everyone to be able to have access to that place. It’s just like I feel so blessed by my own good fortune and it is actually really, really gratifying.  I mentor a lot of young women writers and seeing them work their way up the chain in Hollywood is really exciting.

And that is one of the most exciting moments ever, throughout the Twilight thing is when I’m with the fans and maybe one 12 or 13 year old girl will be like, “I want to do exactly what you do, “I wanna be a writer.” I’m like, “Oh my god! That is huge!”  That is what I want for people to be like “Hey, one woman made it. You can, too.”

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  • Rebeca - Siren | December 17, 2012 1:07 AMReply

    It was the book fans that carried the movies. My love for those books drove me to watch the movies. The last ones were the best, I suspect its becuase Stephenie herself got on board. My opinion of course.

  • Ali | November 29, 2012 12:03 PMReply

    Well done Melissa! You are very inspiring to me as a writer. Thanks for not giving up and always giving back to ensure future generations have the opportunity to write.

  • Eli | November 28, 2012 4:14 AMReply

    It seems [from interview] Melissa Rosenberg still does not get the Twilight story.

    As for Kristens defending, well, it was her own choice to put her life on fire. Think she said it herself - she wants to do something crazy, what would make people speak about her. So she got what she wanted!

  • Amy | November 25, 2012 11:02 PMReply

    @Tyson, where's your sympathy for Liberty Ross. She is going through something that many people go through during the course of their marriage. She's trying to deal with it with as much dignity as possible. However, there are some who won't let her do that. You're ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. We don't know how "sordid" the "affair" was. In fact, we don't even know if there was an actual affair. So, why assume the worse? You are making up a story that suits your opinion of Kristen Stewart, which if fine. You can do whatever you want to do. However, a 22-year-old that can drink, smoke, vote, and go to war is still a kid, especially compared to a 41-year-old man. I happen to have sympathy and empathy for everyone involved. The bottom line is, Kristen made a mistake. Everybody's trying to move on. Build a bridge and get over it. I don't give a flying fig about Brad Pitt's personal life, either. Why you do, or why you think it's normal to is beyond my understanding? But, I can't judge your source of entertainment. I just don't understand how someone could be so entertained by gossip and somehow feel superior to the person that the gossip is written about, as though the fact that you're privy to their errors (if the gossip is even true, which it rarely is) makes you sin-free.

  • Amy | November 25, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    Great article. Very interesting information about Melissa that I didn't know, i.e., she's producing a new show. Congratulations! That must be exciting.

    I agree wholeheartedly that if the situation were reversed between Robert and Kristen the backlash wouldn't have been as bad. The only time that I thought twenty-two wasn't a kid was when I was that age. She is very young. She made a mistake. It can't be undone. Everybody is trying to move on, except those who already hated her to begin with.

    Most other people don't even care about this, if they know who either one of them are at all.

  • Charlize | November 25, 2012 5:26 PMReply

    Melissa Rosenberg is a talentless hack who took the few admirable parts of Twilight and twisted them so that Bella was some sort of feminist who was meant to be a vampire instead of her being a girl in love with a vampire. She continually marginalized Edward's role in the films, and built up Jacob instead.

    Now she drags Rob's private hell into her interview and defends a homewrecking cheater. Kristen Stewart has been in the film business since she was 12, she's not a baby. A 22 year old woman cannot use the excuse that is was just a mistake. She made a choice to deliberately cheat with a married man, who's wife she knew. Liberty had been kind to Kristen, and this was how she repaid her. Stewart is a selfish, ungrateful brat, regardless of her age, and Melissa seems to share the same maturity level. If she had any class she would keep her mouth shut about other people's private lives. But she doesn't have any class, to go along with her lack of talent. Summit kept her cause she worked cheap.

  • Ali | November 29, 2012 11:59 AM

    This talentless "Hack" is very inspiring!! Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

  • Tyson | November 25, 2012 10:04 PM

    @Amy, Where's your sympathy for Liberty Ross? She's the victim in this, not a 22 year old woman who can smoke, drink, vote and serve jury duty. Kristen Stewart's an adult, not a child, she didn't just make a mistake, she deliberately chose to sneak around, lie, and cheat with a married man. It isn't going away, just ask Brad Pitt, and he was never even caught cheating, it's just been assumed. There were no photos of him sneaking around LA, kissing in cars, grinding on a public road, while wearing clothing belonging to a person he was supposedly in love with.

    We'll probably never know exactly how long and how sordid Kristen's affair with Sanders was, unless Liberty decides to write a book one day, but we already know that she's a proven liar, a cheat, and a cheap thrill seeker, because she wasn't fooling around with Sanders out of true love, was she? Her character is lacking, and nothing she does now is going to change that. She's floundering around, trying to save her career but she still appears to be her old, miserable self, she's not really fooling anyone.

  • Andrew | November 25, 2012 5:50 PM

    You really need to chill out baby.

  • Ping | November 25, 2012 12:08 PMReply

    Four points. One: Robert and Kristen have moved past it. So should everyone else. Two: Kristen got hit WAY the hell too hard for this. Three: Stop rationalizing. Rob has been taking fire from Kristen fans and assorted pundits for not standing by her from day one, and he's taking just as much fire now from the lunatic fringe of his own fanbase for taking her back. It sounds to me like they both have some worshipers they can do without. Also, regarding the hypothetical reaction if Rob had been the one cheating, we'll never now, and it's a cheap shot at his knees to go there. He didn't cheat. Four: Kirsten was/is hardly a blushing virgin who just fell off the turnip truck, ignorant to the ways of sexually aggressive and manipulative men in positions of authority. She's an adult and an industry veteran who knows how things work in Tinsel Town. She made a horrendous mistake, made all the more ugly by public exposure, that could have cost her everything that mattered to her. She's owned up to it and done her penance (and then some), and apparently that's good enough for Robert; and I'd wager his information on what happened is better than ours is. So let's stop analyzing, debating, and trying to give her status as a victim here that she probably doesn't want to begin with.

  • Sandi | November 25, 2012 7:22 PM

    I can relate to her having an infatuation, but can't relate to acting on it when you know he has a family and you have a boyfriend you co-habitate with. Furthermore, I question a person who treats someone they adore in such a manner. If you love him so much, why are you infatuated to the point of stupidity. Making out with someone who is not you boyfriend in public when you are followed by paps everywhere you go is just plain stupidity. I find there to be validity in what you are saying, but to that end I have to say that she as revealed herself to have very poor taste.

  • Petunia | November 25, 2012 6:03 PM

    No one knows the personal details of the lives these folks live behind closed doors; away from the cameras. Including how Stewart and Sanders even got into their "affair" "tryst" or whatever. Also, why is everyone always assuming that Rob Pattinson himself has been a completely monogamous person?--And do we know Stewart and Pattinson had a strictly monogamous commitment between them? I don't see Stewart as an innocent virgin but at the same time how can you say that she is is a completely sophisticated and knowledgeable in the ways of older men coming on to her. I don't think she is a victim either, but to be so dead sure that she "knows how things work in Tinseltown." doesn't include the fact that she, very understandably, could have developed an infatuation and admiration of Sanders. I don't understand why more women can't relate to this. I have been in this situation myself so I have empathy. It does not make you a bad immoral person as so MANY have labeled Stewart, and as I was as well.

  • Sandi | November 25, 2012 12:56 PM

    I agree with your rationale on most everything you said, except for the victim label. Her PR people went about spreading the story that she was preyed upon by him. I never believed that and still don't. She owned up to it because she had to. She is such a divisive figure to begin with and generally comes off as arrogant. Every person I know dislikes her and those people range from men to women and none of them care about Robert Pattinson. Her fans think that she is such a wonderful person who gets maligned unfairly. What is the real her? A good person doesn't do what she did and that's all I have to go by. The reason this story keeps going is because it is bizarre as hell. There are missing pieces that people don't understand and something doesn't add up. Perhaps it is nobody's business but as long as you are in he public eye then these are the realities that you face. They have moved past this but I don't think the public will for some time. Being a taboid figure is not a good think to be if you want to be taken seriously as an actor. What happens in the future is anyone's guess.

  • Sandi | November 25, 2012 11:51 AMReply

    I disagree that this had to do with being unfairly treated because of her gender. I don't believe the cheating was what people were hung up on, it was who she cheated with. Had it been with Garrett Hedlund, for instance, or at least someone single then the outrage would have been far less. He was married and had two small children and she was due to make another film with him. I don't think our society is so backwards that she would have been judged for sowing her oats at her age, but to involve herself in a marriage is inexcusable. I don't know any man who has cheated on his wife and kids with a woman half his age that has been patted on the back for it. She got railed because she is more famous, not because of her gender. She is not a kid, she is an adult and has been in Hollywood a long time. It's pretty well known that she doesn't do anything she doesn't want to do and all of her colleagues have spent years lauding how mature she is for her age. Suddenly, she's a kid. I guess you will next say she didn't know he was married. If this is about women standing together, then where does Liberty Ross fit into this? Because last I checked, she was being maligned by an entire fandom when she did nothing wrong. I see a lot of excuses being made and not a lot of accountability. Making a public statement when you've been busted doesn't really count as accountability to me. But it's Hollywood, hypocrite central. If you want women to stand together to support other women, that's fine. But standing in solidarity with a woman who betrayed the sisterhood by messing with another woman's husband reeks false. This all seems very self-serving to me, in service of a woman who is ducking blame for her actions by claiming to be everything she always preached she wasn't. Her public persona isn't very likable and this only makes her look worse. Rupert Sanders is a nobody, that is why he is seemingly skating. There is no outlet for people to rail on him. For all of the integrity that she preaches, she sure scraped the bottom of the barrel for her "indiscretion". Sorry, but I can't be all rah rah for the sisterhood on this.

  • Andrew | November 25, 2012 11:19 PM

    For someone who says she never did anything to you Sandy, you sure act like she did. I am sure Rob appreciates your loyalty.

  • Sandi | November 25, 2012 7:17 PM

    Rob Pattinson is the only reason I hold out any sliver of hope that there is a decent person within her in spite of her actions. Regardless, it's not my issue to battle, it's hers. Her public persona is very poor to those observers outside of Twilight. I think you bring up valid points, even if I don't agree with all of them. Really, my issue lies with the gender excuse. There are other actresses out there that I like who don't make me eyeroll when I read their interviews. I'm certain Kristen Stewart will continue making movies. Hopefully she can keep her head about her from now on. I don't hate her or wish anything bad on her, she didn't do anything to me. I just don't have a high opinion of her.

  • Morgaine | November 25, 2012 6:23 PM

    Sandi: Others have bragged about her BS meter, not Kristen herself. And if she went "against" something she said anyway--So what?! Like everyone is consistent with their beliefs 100% of the time. LR was not a "friend" that she betrayed. I don't think KS is a fool or a victim. But I do understand her. You obviously interpret her as a bad person, and fine, many people do. I think you all are wrong. And Why would Rob Pattinson "take back" (if he did) such a hateful awful person as Kristen Stewart?? What is his problem then?

    And she did not do it on the corner of Sunset and Vine--the tryst was obviously meant to be private. And how do you know that her and Pattinson even had a monogamous commitment as is brought up in another post?

  • Sandi | November 25, 2012 6:11 PM

    I have empathy for Liberty Ross and her children. I don't condone the slutshaming that occurred either. Kristen Stewart knew Liberty Ross and what she did was low and inexcusable and all I see is excuses being made for her, including by her PR team. Betraying a friend by having a fling with their husband is not a mistake you make due to your maturity level, is a something a person does who has no conscience. It's callous and I don't respect it. This young woman has been around Hollywood a long time and has bragged about her own BS meter. Do you really think she couldn't see what was happening? You demean her by treating her like a young fool. The reality is that no one knows this person and can only go by what she puts out there. She has gone on incessantly about the importance of not being fake, her honesty, etc. and then went against her own mantra by doing a very disingenuous thing. My point is that this is not a gender issue, it's a fame issue. Don't sit here and wrap this up under the guise of gender bias. Our society is not so backwards that a young woman can't explore her sexuality. But in doing so, a decent person would not explore it with someone else's husband while they are in a committed relationship. Not only is it personally irresponsible, to engage in this behavior with her boss was unprofessional and to do so publicly is just plain stupid. This story will be around awhile for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of how bizarre it is. Her people claim she is actually a good person but I have yet to see that. When I do, I will happily change my view of her. She has her boyfriend back and seemingly will continue into her acting career. But I'm sorry, I can't support someone under the guise of women's solidarity when the actions she committed went against the very nature of it. My empathy lies with the wife and family being affected by this. I have no sympathy at all for Sanders either.

  • Morgaine | November 25, 2012 5:33 PM

    She was called a slut and a whore because of her gender, there fore she did get railed for her gender. Tiger and Jesse and Arnold were not called sluts and whores.
    And at 22, she IS a kid. This is why we as a Society, generally allow people in their 20s to make mistakes and learn about life. You can still be MATURE for your age and NOT understand everything about life, men, women and sex. How is Kristen Stewart ducking her actions or making excuses? She is a young woman who is just coming into her own as an adult sexual human being--these issues are the most confusing to all of human kind. Too many people have been WAY too harsh in their judgements. You obviously have a personal bias--KS doesn't go preaching things like "integrity" even if she did, it is understandable that a young adult female would be vulnerable to the attentions and ego stroking of a mature accomplished man. If you have ever been a young woman that is. And if you can't have any empathy--so sad

  • Sandi | November 25, 2012 3:37 PM

    I agree with everything you said below and especially the last part regarding the inferiority of who she chose to cheat with. Actions do speak louder than words and I have trouble believing in the integrity of a person who would engage in a relationship that breaches every standard in that regard. She claims to be attracted to truthful people and says she pursues such yet she was attracted to a person who was severely lacking in any integrity whatsoever by the very nature of their relationship. She willfully chose to engage in what a person who uses integrity as a foundation should have been appalled by. She is an oxymoron and I don't know what to believe about who she is. Right now, I'll be honest, I think she is a head case. I am curious as to when Sanders used the "A" word. I don't recall that. I liked your assessment of this cost him, especially since most feel he didn't lose anything. This entire situation will follow her for a long time. Ben Affleck is already on tabloid covers because of her and she hasn't even signed on to that movie officially. I can't imagine a person who is a serious Oscar contender would be happy about that. I hope that someday she will redeem herself because I do want to like her again, but right now I have no idea who she is.

  • Ping | November 25, 2012 2:21 PM

    I apologize for addressing your reply to me and your own original post in the same reply. In brief, Kristen has been billed as the anti-Hollywood, and yet she gave herself over to a Hollywood cliche. They say that actions speak louder than words. We'll never know the circumstances surrounding what happened, but taken against her behavior before and since, it appears to be an aberration and I choose to view it as such. What counts with me is that she immediately did what Hollywood never does. She owned it and apologized abjectly to Robert, in a public venue. That is the anti-Hollywood. The fact that Sanders followed suit means nothing, because he had no choice in the matter, and he got his revenge by being the first to use the "A" word for what happened, implying a much longer illicit relationship and skillfully casting doubt on Kristen's "momentary lapse".

    I largely agree with what you had to say, but while there may be forces at work in this that would love to paint Kristen in a victim role and she may let them do so for the sake of business, I doubt that the anti-Hollywood wants that or much appreciates it.

    Regarding Sanders not paying for his own sins, he didn't get laid, he didn't win the girl's heart, he's lost control of the franchise he created, and he's well on the way to professional oblivion for the foreseeable future. He had less to lose than Kristen did, but seems to have lost it all, while she's recovering nicely. So it's open to question who has suffered more for what happened.

    Regarding your last sentence, I agree. Of all the things I will never understand about what happened, the thing I will never understand the most is how she could cheat with a man who was Robert's clear inferior physically, ethically, morally, indeed by every measurable personal standard.

    I'm afraid the public will have a long memory on this event. Far longer than anyone realizes.

  • Ciro | November 25, 2012 7:49 AMReply

    Melissa Rosenberg you're just as mediocre as writer and person, go to hell ... What about Liberty and their children?

  • Petunia | November 25, 2012 5:36 PM

    PING you are wrong about Sanders---He has at least 3 films slated to Direct, more like 4 or 5.

  • moronfeminist | November 25, 2012 4:37 AMReply

    You are the feminisnist who made a DOUBLE STANDARD!! So because Kristen stewart is a kid a girl, cheating so publicly is allowed. Cheating is cheating, no matter you're man pr woman. Especially with 50 pics as prove dont as people will forget it easly.

    Iam sick about femimist always talking about double standard but always aksing permision for mistake they did because they are women.

    Dont ask about DOUBLE STANDART then

  • willy | November 25, 2012 4:34 AMReply

    i am betting that Melissa Silverstein is already writing her second "defend the homewrecker,blame the innocents" article for Kristen Stewart's next cynical cheating scandal because once a cheater,always a cheater

  • lorraine | November 24, 2012 11:11 PMReply

    Omg, another defender/enabler/apologist for a homewrecking cheater. However you twist it, Stewart is NOT a kid. She knowingly and shamelessly with all kinds of deceit and lies, cheated with a married man and almost destroyed a young family. It was premeditated, planned for weeks maybe even months. This writer and scriptwriter might be forgetting that there are famous male cheaters who did not escape their deceitful acts..remember Tiger Woods? John Edwards? Those men were not considered just bad boys. their careers took a nose dive and their image were not that rosy anymore. A cheater will always be remembered as a cheater, it will forever be a footnote in their name so however you defend a cheater, the public will always remember their shameful acts. No amoung of PR driven articles, appearances can erase that. The public will always remember especially in Stewart's case since all her ass grinding pictures are all over the internet.

  • Interesting | November 25, 2012 12:16 AM

    Lorraine, did you bug their phones? Were you hiding in the trunk of the car or do you know something the rest of us don't? Please do tell how you knew this was all premeditated and that Kristen had some villainous plan to cheat on Rob and sneak around his back for months and months and months... Continue being ignorant and believing tabloid stories rather than anything people close to the situation have actually said, including Rob.

    Kristen and Tiger are not even on the same planet. Their situations couldn't be more different... Anyway, I really doubt that Kristen and Rob care about what the public think of them. They've moved on and so has a large portion of the public already. They're fine, we're fine - everyone else can moan and whine in their own time. There's also the fact that they know we don't know the truth so we are in no real position to judge. Trash talk and hate doesn't concern them, especially if none of it is true.

    P.S. If you actually looked at the pictures yourself, you'd see there was no ass grinding. Kristen is leaning over the low barrier alone looking at the view, he walks up behind her from far away, pushes her forward with his hips, Kristen's pushed into a standing position, the end. If you want to get bent out of shape over these pictures, you should be flaming on Rupert. But clearly you're already biased against Kristen so there's no use. Boohoo.

  • Ketchup | November 24, 2012 7:00 PMReply

    Not even talking about how inappropriate it is for the screenwriter of Twilight to trivialize what personally happened to their relationship as a feminist talking point, but how in the hell does she know that Pattinson would be seen as "bad boy", and a "sexy guy"? Has she seen some posts written by Stewart fans? Even though there was no evidence that he did anything wrong in this scenario, he was skewered by her fans besides all over the internet. Also, all the Hollywood media support towards Stewart as opposed to Pattinson last Summer. I could just imagine if it were him who had cheated. He would have been physically run out of Hollywood on a rail.

  • M | November 25, 2012 4:24 AM

    And that support came out as a result of the intense [other] media scrutiny. People started noticing how ridiculous it was getting because everyone was overreacting and dragging it out for way too long. So like I said, the backlash against Rob would've been less harsh and so there may have been less vocal industry support for him there. Five was an exaggeration but I really hope you realise that these crazy "nonberts" tend to go on every site to spread their hate (small group, repeat offenders). They should be evicted from the fandom because they are completely irrational and delusional. The "normal" Kristen fans are nothing like them and shouldn't be judged for this ridiculous minority. Again, the "normal" Rob fans don't think that he's perfect. In fact, his imperfections and strange charm are what make him so loveable. Now when we get to his CRAZY fans, who are the ones now judging him, they EXPECT him to be perfect and go off their rocks when they don't follow the plan they've set out for him. (And just to clarify what I meant by my "perfect" comment in my previous post, I was pointing out that many see him as a very desirable man - one that everyone wants - and so it was especially shocking and unacceptable that Kristen would cheat on him. If Kristen had cheated on some less amazing guy, people would have been less angry.) I don't think this is all about feminism - of course, there are many other factors that can explain how this played out - but truly, things WERE worse because she was a woman - the amount can be debated but there really is no question. I don't condone her actions and don't support her because I suddenly think it's okay just because she's Kristen. I also don't think the fact that Rupert was married with children makes her more accountable. How about Rupert almost destroying his own family? How about him taking their feelings into consideration? They are both to blame so I don't get what your point is here. Liberty didn't deserve what happened to her and no one is saying Kristen had the right to do what she did. Again, I will say that no one knows what happened so to carry on as if we knew she intentionally did this and that is wrong. Everyone involved with the situation is now fine, so why is everyone still arguing? THEY obviously know the truth and have figured things out (the media made things out to be much worse than they were, which was obvious from the start) so the fact that people are judging them based on their own assumptions is silly. The people who matter are over it and everyone else is irrelevant - supporter or not - because they don't dictate Rob and Kristen's lives.

  • KETCHUP | November 25, 2012 1:17 AM

    M, I'm not referring to gossip sites. When I say media, I meant legit media. Critics, actors, entertainment writers came out to support in many publications. If it were Pattinson, do you think that would have happened? I doubt it! And "five" haters bashed Pattinson all over the internet? Are you batty? I read stuff from her fans on almost EVERY article, be it gossip or otherwise. Pattinson fans are not under the idea that he's perfect. Real nice of you to lobby that one as a defense. Debate much? Didn't think so. Also I don't think Stewart deserved the hate, either. It's just ridiculous that Rosenberg defends her as a feminist agenda point, when the man she cheated with was married with kids. What about his wife's life? Doesn't her female right to have a monogomous marraige mean just as much as Stewart's right to cheat without consequences? Think on that one a while.

  • M | November 25, 2012 12:03 AM

    Kristen's fans said nothing bad about Rob, only the extreme ones who always hated him and thought he wasn't good enough (extremely small group of like...five). Like Petunia said, it's Rob's fans who are saying horrible things about him because they don't respect his choices.

    As for your first comment, it's obvious. This is the society we live in. If Rob had cheated, he would've gotten a hard slap on the wrist and people would've eventually moved on. Because it was Kristen cheating on Rob (the most "PERFECT GUY EVAAAAA" "Why would you cheat on THAT?!") and she was a woman, the world exploded and acted as if she'd murdered 1000 babies.

    I'm laughing at the fact that you believe the media showed any support towards Kristen during this whole ordeal. They were downright cruel and showed no mercy with their stories from close "sources". They may be slightly better now that their false stories have fallen through (and they realise they better jump on the right bandwagon) but before Oct/Nov... No way in hell.

  • Petunia | November 24, 2012 11:13 PM

    Kristen Stewart was clearly the vilified one in the scandal, and still is, being called a whore as Rosenberg says. Robert Pattinson was not skewered by anyone save the people calling him "less than a man" or "weak-willed" His fans are much more the extremists I have noticed.

  • Marian | November 20, 2012 6:41 PMReply

    Ace interview! Thank you!

  • maya | November 25, 2012 6:40 AM

    Oh Melissa.. SMH.. If Rob cheated on her, then he would be a total scumbag.... I mean come on they guy got so much crap even when he stood next another girl. People were screaming ''ROB IS SO DISRESPECTFUL TO KRISTEN'' So I don't understand this ''Rob would't get so much hate if he cheated'' talk.. Because that's bullsh!t

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