Guest Post: A Fan Speaks - Kristen Stewart and Our Miserable Failure

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by Amy Theus
September 4, 2012 12:27 PM
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The media stoning of Kristen Stewart, of Twilight fame, has been going on for about four weeks now. About a month ago, she was pictured having a fling, which she called a “momentary indiscretion,” with the married director of Snow White and the Huntsman, Rupert Sanders. What she did was wrong, she apologized, and it seems as though she's been in hiding for a few weeks. She's been branded a “slut,” a “whore,” and a “trampire” mostly by women, but also by a couple famous men. It's all very disheartening to watch. Time and again, we get a chance, as a society, to prove we're not petty and spiteful and we fail miserably.

Who is this young woman who could garner all of this attention over a common misstep? The first time I came across Kristen was in Panic Room (2002), with Jodie Foster, directed by David Fincher. I thought to myself that this kid has a natural talent and I hope to see her again. Fast forward to 2008, a best-selling young adult novel, named Twilight, gets adapted into a movie and Kristen Stewart becomes a household name, with millions of adoring fans and an equally adored co-star in Robert Pattinson.

Underneath all of the adoration was something sinister – obsession. These books and the couple within, Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen, have touched a chord with millions of adult women and young girls. The story of first love that eventually becomes eternal love is a very sentimental one. Needless to say, most of us don't marry our first loves and those of us that do end up divorced, in many cases. Therefore, living this fantasy through Isabella, or “Bella,” made for hours of vicarious thrills and it sparked our imagination. There are hundreds of thousands of fan fiction stories based on the Twilight books and movies. Some amateur authors have even gone on to be best-sellers in their own right with stories inspired by this fictional romance.

Robert Pattinson embodied that perfect first-love and for many women he became Edward Cullen. They failed to separate the actor from the character. So, when he chose Kristen Stewart to give his devotion to off-screen, many women turned against her. They began to attack everything from the way she breathes, to her acting. She was never good enough for their flesh and blood Edward Cullen. She wasn't “classy” enough; she flipped the paparazzi off and she slouched.

Unfortunately, the woman who didn't deserve him in the first place, in their minds, cheated on him.

How dare she?”

How could she?”

Isn't she grateful?”

Those are the words coming from parts of the fandom that are either obsessed with Robert or obsessed with their relationship. Sure, there are some who are genuinely disappointed in her for sleeping with a married man, but I don't think that's what's fueling the hate bomb. What makes them so angry is that she “threw away” something that they wanted. It didn't matter that they were lusting after her boyfriend, or even that they were married and/or old enough to be his mother. She was “ungrateful” and the media latched onto the hate and ran with it. After all, all they care about are ratings, magazine sells, and internet clicks. They don't really care about “the victims,” or they wouldn't have ever released those pictures to the world.

I realized that I was overly invested in Kristen Stewart's life when I became mad at the backlash. It felt like it was happening to me. Granted, there are many things about Kristen that I relate to, i.e. her social awkwardness, her desire to be her real self all of the time, her passion for her work. I've become less awkward as I've gotten older, but I can definitely relate to her. The reason why gossip sells is the same reason why fantasy fiction does so well; people don't want to deal with their own issues. So, I'll wait patiently for the next Kristen Stewart movie (I love her acting), let her have a personal life, and deal with my own issues. As a fan, I think that's the least I can do.

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Amy Theus is 39-year-old woman from the Southwest, with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an MBA, who writes as a hobby.

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  • famewhores anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:47 AMReply

    "her desire to be her real self all of the time". Hahahaha. Hahahaha. This statement made about someone that's one of the fakest people in hollywood? About this tryhard? Hahahahaha. Kristen Stewart is one of the fakest celebrities. She constantly pretends. Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan can be said be better because at least they don't pretend they are not Famewhores. Kristen Stewart is a huge famewhore that pretends she is not.

  • Everything and anything in Moderation? | September 9, 2012 5:34 AMReply

    What a shame Indiewire have so litttle respect for their guest poster and those who have taken the time to express their views, that they don't moderate this nonsense comment by "Resy" out.

  • rosangela silva | September 6, 2012 9:26 PMReply

    nao sei o que essas pessoas esperam de kristen......
    ela errou sim mas sabemos que aprendemos com o nosso proprio erro,isso nao quer dizer que ela seja a pior pessoa desse mundo,quem nunca errou que atire a primeira predra pos ela nao è perfeita assim como qualquer uma outra pessoa e por que juga-la.

  • GROW UP | September 5, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    Grown ups don't apologize in the manner Sanders and Stewart did without sex being involved. Wives don't remove their rings and boyfriends don't leave their house for a month and emerge looking half-starved because of 'kissing' either. Stewart is not a victim. Sure she apologized, but if she hadn't been papped she'd still be sleeping with her equally immoral, married squeeze, fooling her boyfriend and her delusional fans - who btw she despises - while happily messing with the lives and well-being of two children. Forget feminist heroine, she's a hypocritical, cheating, lying, selfish, overpaid skank.

  • BES | September 10, 2012 10:54 AM

    Of course Sanders has gotten almost no negative push-back from the media. He is a man in Hollywood and what he did is standard operating procedure. In fact what Stewart did is standard operating procedure also. It is how women get ahead in Hollywood and it insures that no women with personal or professional integrity are Hollywood stars which is why real women can't relate to actresses as anything but objects of public gossip. If anything this will help Kristen's career because now the skanky old men in Hollywood know she is willing and ready to play for work. Women audiences like her less but Hollywood doesn't care what the female audience thinks or feels and in fact they have contempt for us and mock us when they aren't ignoring us.

  • Julian | September 9, 2012 1:53 PM

    But the thing is Sanders has gotten almost no negative pushback from the media, while Stewart seems to be getting all of it. No one is saying Stewart is innocent here, but Sanders seem to have gotten off scotch free.

  • Bes | September 5, 2012 1:48 PMReply

    Many seem to be implying that Kristen was coerced by Sanders into having her ongoing affair with him. If this is true (it very well could be) she should file a sexual harassment complaint. Hollywood needs to be held accountable for their sexism on many levels and at some point some women with integrity will have to stand up and call out the sexist business as usual behavior of Hollywood. There is no way this level of sexism in Hollywood could continue with out the cooperation of women, who because they lack integrity, are willing to go along with the sexist program for personal gain.

  • Mel | September 6, 2012 8:10 PM

    Now, we agree.

  • Bes | September 6, 2012 5:37 PM

    Well I tend to agree there was no coercion but if there was then she should file a formal complaint. I tend to think it was just Hollywood business as usual. Women who are willing to sleep around get the roles and because they have no professional or personal integrity regular women can't relate to them. This nonsense about Twilight fans being too stupid to seperate fantasy from reality is profoundly offensive.

  • Mel | September 5, 2012 9:54 PM

    Are you insane? There was no coercion.

  • Amy | September 5, 2012 12:38 AMReply

    @madison, interesting. I didn't know I had to be qualified to state an opinion. You seem to have strong opinions of your own about me, what I write, the fandom, etc. You know where Kristen goes, who goes with her, etc. You seem qualified. You should submit an article to indiewire. I'm sure it'll be riveting.

  • Madison | September 4, 2012 10:32 PMReply

    Amy, are you acquainted with Ruth, Stewart's PR rep? Because this piece sounds like Ruth wrote it. Of course there are a few extreme fans on both sides (on Stewart's side they're called Krisbians, and you could write pages and pages about all the crap they make up and put online, trying to smear Rob's reputation because they blame him for everything that Stewart does). The majority of fans are not confused between Edward/Rob or Bella/Kristen. We just think cheating with a married man is a cruel and despicable thing to do, no matter who you are or your boyfriend is. And whining that this scandal hasn't evaporated in a month is ludicrous. Are you aware that Jen/Brad/Angelina are STILL on magazine covers after SEVEN YEARS? Get a grip and stop being an apologist for a female who doesn't deserve it. Save your sympathy for Liberty Ross, she's an actress, too.

  • Madison | September 5, 2012 12:07 AM

    To @Amy: This comment sections sucks, it doesn't have an option to reply to your comment. Wow, I had no idea you were so unqualified to comment on this whole situation. So you're too good to even glance at tabloids, but you're self-righteous enough to lecture others who are aware of what's going on in the world. How nice for you. The reason I know that Ruth is Stewart's PR rep is because she goes everywhere with her, all the time, even to music festivals like Coachella and on dates with Rob. They've all been photographed together hundreds of times. And since when do people commenting on public events have an effect in the lives of the celebrities in the situations? I doubt they are reading and paying attention to anything said here. They will still handle their business in private, unless of course they choose to make a public apology in an attempt to save their career. As for anyone's fantasies about Pattinson, what does that have to do with the price of corn? Movie stars have always been the object of fantasies. Stewart has a large lesbian following who fantasizes about her, so what? None of that has anything to do with the fact that Stewart chose to cheat and of course has to deal with the aftermath, all the aftermath.

  • Amy | September 4, 2012 11:04 PM

    Thanks for your advice and I'll take it under consideration. I have no idea who "Ruth" is. That's the whole point. I don't want to know anything about her personal life and I'm very limited in what I know about her professional business dealings. Why do you know who her PR agent is? Why is that necessary or pertinent information in your life? I said "some" fans and "some" women throughout my article. I didn't paint the whole fandom with any broad strokes.

    I noticed that nobody has discussed the hypocrisy that "some" fans have exhibited in lusting after Robert Pattinson while he's in a committed relationship and while they're married? Would they have cheated with him if given the opportunity? I think that you're fooling yourself if you think the answer is an unequivocal no. That's all I would expect from my fellow human being - a little compassion. I don't think it would be hard for anyone of those women who I spoke of to imagine themselves in a similar situation and using similar poor judgement.

    The fact of the matter is that, no, I don't know that Angelina/Jen/Brad/whomever are still on magazine covers because I don't pay attention to tabloid stories. What is going on those people's lives is not my concern.

    I never once apologized for Kristen Stewart. She already apologized and I don't have to apologize for her. She's not related to me and I don't have any connection to her whatsoever., besides the fact that I like the movies she's been in. I don't know her and I can admit that when I began to take her public stoning personally I had gotten too invested in the life of a celebrity.

    I have a great deal of sympathy for everyone involved. However, I'm not one of those people. So, I choose to focus on their professional lives (I'm a fan of both, actally) and let them handle this very personal matter in private. Doing that not only helps me to maintain my humanity, but it keeps Liberty's name, who to seem to be so concerned for, out of the spotlight. I'm sure that she would appreciate that.

  • BG | September 4, 2012 9:56 PMReply

    I don't believe I condoned anything. You see, I DON'T KNOW what happened. You all seem to think you do. Was she obviously in a situation that looks bad? Yes, but unlike you, I withhold judgement. I am not relying on photos and a story from paparazzi that don't add up. I am not jumping on the bandwagon of "hate and shaming". It is not about what I feel about her or this situation, it is about everyone's "in the know" judgements about this young woman. Actress , public figure, role model..... no one deserves this kind of treatment.
    And bottom line, . I don't feel I deserve the "right" to express my feelings. There is an awful lot going on in this world that deserves more of my attention. Why am I commenting? I have two young daughters( I am sure they will make mistakes) and I would only hope they would never be treated as harshly as this young woman.

  • L | September 4, 2012 9:54 PMReply

    The public stoning has gotten way, way out of control. The girl fucked up and did a terrible thing, but half of Hollywood has fucked up in a similar, or even worse, manner. I believe part of the reason the media has so latched on to the "Kristen Stewart is the devil" narrative is because they knew that half of the twi-hards always believed that and will read and comment on negative stories about her.

    Kristen Stewart never pretended to be a virginal angel, never gave gushy interviews about her relationship until that apology, etc.. That's what I don't get, the people calling her a phony and a fake. She made a terrible choice to hook up with a married man. However, so many of these people are way, way too invested in this girl....calling her a hypocrite, fake, phony, etc....it seems like they believed they actually knew her, and by behaving badly she ruined their perception of her or confirmed their perception of her.

    Who really knows what her relationship with Pattinson was...Either way, I hope she and him find some peace, be it together or apart. I also believe cheating shouldn't wreck someone's career....Hopefully, she'll focus on some indie films and build her cred back up.

  • Geri | September 4, 2012 9:32 PMReply

    @BG: Sorry, but I disagree. She is an actress and chose to go be fore the cameras both as a character and as herself. She gave interviews and talked about herself and presented an image that was embraced by many. Through her actions and her chosen profession, she became a role model. She was not forced to do this and she reaped significant benefits. Keep asking "how do you know", theonly thing the question demonstrates is that, as a fan (which I understand), you are in denial. No one is saying you should stop supporting her. But, at least Kristen has acknowledged, whether voluntary or not, her own actions. Time you do too.

  • Elizabeth | September 4, 2012 9:25 PMReply

    You need to grow up. Kristen Stewart is the highest paid actress in the world, according to Forbes. Of course if she cheats with a married father of two who is also a director, it's going to be news. The fact that she had a popular actor as a boyfriend has nothing to do with the outrage expressed by women all over the world. Stewart proved that she has no respect for herself or other women by cheating with a married man.

    It's mind-blowing to see women defending her. Do you have so little self esteem that you can excuse what she did? Even after knowing she was acquainted with Liberty Ross? Liberty wasn't some faceless person in the abstract, Stewart KNEW her, had worked with her. But that didn't stop her from being a homewrecker. Nothing she did is admirable, and lame excuses are not acceptable.

  • Geri | September 4, 2012 8:10 PMReply

    While I do agree the genuine hatred is over the top, I think the fans have a right to be extremely disappointed in Kristen and to express that disappointment. Kristen chose to be a public person and she reaped the benefits of it. She created a persona of a strong, independent woman and than did something that went against everything a strong, independent woman should be. Through her actions, she revealed both that she is immature and self centered and that the person many considered a role model was not. Keep in mind that if not revealed by a third party, the lies would probably continue. Lies not only to those close to her but to those that looked up to her. Does she deserve a 'life sentence' for this? Definitely not. But, to expect her actions to be forgiven and forgotten in what amounts to just over a month, is unrealistic. It will blow over, but, perhaps not as soon as her most devoted fans would like. I think this an extreme lesson for Stewart but one I believe she will ultimately take to heart.
    What I find as disturbing as the extreme hatred exhibited are the efforts of some of her hardcore fans to slam those on the periphery of this incident. Both Pattinson and Liberty Ross have been the target of intense smear campaigns on the internet as a means to justify Stewart's and Sander's actions and diminish Stewart's responsibilty. Why not write an article about personal responsibility and how actions have consequences things we should want young women to take to heart?

  • BG | September 4, 2012 8:42 PM

    "Through her actions, she revealed both that she is immature and self centered and that the person many considered a role model was not. Keep in mind that if not revealed by a third party, the lies would probably continue. Lies not only to those close to her but to those that looked up to her."
    And again, how do YOU know all this.
    ""She created a persona of a strong, independent woman and than did something that went against everything a strong, independent woman should be."
    Kristen Stewart is an actress. She is not one that has welcomed all the fame that came with these films, but has done her best to adjust to it. You are putting an awful lot of responsibility and blame on a young woman, who only wanted to be an actress. She is a YOUNG woman that got into a situation (details which we will never know nor should) and apoligized for having got into that situation. She made a mistake. I would say it takes some courage to admit that publicly. I don't think that is such a bad lesson for young women to learn. It is OK to make mistakes, to admit them,and to learn from them. And maybe, just maybe people will still love and support you, because you are only human.

  • GROW UP | September 4, 2012 7:16 PMReply

    Yes Lucy, you missed the obvious. Grown ups don't apologize in the manner Sanders and Stewart did without sex being involved. Wives don't remove their rings and boyfriends don't leave their house for a week and emerge looking half-starved because of 'kissing' either. Stewart is not a victim. Sure she apologized, but if she hadn't been papped she would still be sleeping with her equally immoral, squeeze and fooling her beloved, delusional fans, boyfriend while messing with the lives and well-being of two children. Nothing to cheer here.

  • Rami | September 4, 2012 9:30 PM

    to @BG: What does being an actress have to do with lying to people who care about you and cheating with a married man? She only apologized because she was confronted with photographic evidence, that's nothing to brag about. And please stop referring to it as a "mistake." She deliberately chose to cheat and then lie about it, she didn't just fall off a bike. And her public apology was self-serving and dragged Pattinson into it, when he's pleaded for years to keep his private life private. She couldn't even respect that request, just like she couldn't respect him, herself, or Liberty Ross. As for putting the responsibility on her, she did that herself when she turned her car around to answer Sander's booty call. She ruined her own reputation. I'm saving my sympathy for the other woman in this affair, Liberty Ross. Kristen Stewart is NOT the victim.

  • OMG, really! | September 4, 2012 8:04 PM

    Okay...you know this how? Where you there in the car? Where you there when they supposedly had sex? If so, that's should be broadcasted along with all the other "legitimate" news reporting going on. I have seen women leave cheating men for less than a kiss and visa versa - so please. If this is what happened to you, I'm sorry for you. But don't assume that she did anything other than what was photographed otherwise you are following the rest of the sheep in this game. I'm sick of all the assumptions going on out there, this is only fueling the fire and keeping this media disaster going. How do you know that the boyfriend has been going for a month, are you sleeping in their driveway? Just because they are not photographed coming and going, you ASSUME that he hasn't been there. You know what they say about assuming. And as far as half-starved, lol, she is a freaking model - of course she looks half-starved. People like you make me laugh on a daily basis, you believe EVERYTHING you read or hear, even though 95% of it is bullshit! This whole thing really has nothing to do with any of us. Move on already. If it affects you that much, you might want to seek professional help - just saying. Anyways, I'm done. Have a pleasant day!

  • BG | September 4, 2012 7:49 PM

    And you KNOW all this how?

  • lucy | September 4, 2012 7:25 PM

    Again, you're believing what you read. Tabloids are full of lies. Liberty has always looked "half starved." She's always been thin. She's been papped before the scandal without her wedding ring on. She was papped sleeping with Rupert? Did I miss those pics? Or do you have super secret insider info. Those pics show something happened, yes. But anyone can take a pic at a moment and twist it look like something more than it was. How do you know that Rob left his house for a month? He was on promo, yes. He was in London for a week too. That's two weeks. Tell me, where was he the two weeks prior to that? Do you know? Or are you believing US Weekly and Star? You have no room to judge. You weren't there, you see what the pictures want to portray. The story that came with the original US Weekly article is easily debunked. It wasn't in an abandoned building parking lot in a random part of town. They didn't go to a look out point in Hollywood surrounded by passerbys. They were around the corner from where Rupert has an office. The "lookout" point was a guardrail on a residential street. If you looked at where the pics were taken, there wasn't room for the paps to hide. Notice how Rupert was staring multiple times at the cameras? How Liberty has suddenly had tons of movie offers and is papped shopping at Balenciaga and wearing a shirt that Rob wore on the cover of a magazine? Don't you think that's suspect? Or are you just going to hate and judge on a young woman. Look in the mirror before you point fingers.

  • Grow Up | September 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    Correction - Pattinson left his house for a month, which makes my point even more relevant.

  • BG | September 4, 2012 6:52 PMReply

    Wow, still so much judgemental hate. What if, just what if you are all wrong and the situation was not as it seemed? There was no affair and it was just a brief moment that she did not handle well. Since none of you actually were there, how do you know what really went down? You can believe what you choose,but there is always the what if......Since I wasn't there and think that paparazzi would do anything to sell a story, I just won't judge.

  • Renate | September 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    The pictures are very intimate, she entwines her fingers with his , she caresses his hair and draws him in and in a sequence you can see him dry humping. But the most intimate is the one where his leg is between hers, you do not let anybody do that if you are on your first meeting, and by the way she was clothed in Rob's clothes. Rupert got turned on by her looking like that. I usually need at least some real clothes and washed hair if I would have a momentary discretion, I mean honestly what woman would show up like that if you picking up a date

  • NENE | September 4, 2012 11:31 PM

    Those who are criticizing people believe that Kristen and Rupert slept together need to consider this: if it was just a "momentary indescretion", why did Robert move out so quickly and go into virtual hiding? After his Cosmopolis premiere in NYC, he left for London. Robert has always defended Kristen when she was criticized by the media (one example is when she equated being photopgraphed by the papz to being raped). Why hasn't he come to her defense? And why is Liberty no longer wearing her wedding ring and has not been seen with Rupert since the scandal? The night the scandal broke, Liberty posted a picture of a drunken, Disney Snow White that said, "Not so pretty and pure after all" and promptly shut down her Twitter account. I don't hate Kristen, but I honestly don't believe it was a "momentary indescretion", especially after seeing the photos myself. Some of them are pretty intimate, and seem to indicate they were far more familiar with each other than just "a kiss". If it truly was just a kiss, then why are the innocent parties involved reacting to it as more serious matter? It seems to be a logical conclusion that they slept together.

  • NENE | September 4, 2012 11:25 PM

    Those who are criticizing people believe that Kristen and Rupert slept together need to consider this: if it was just a "momentary indescretion", why did Robert move out so quickly and go into virtual hiding ? And why is Liberty no longer wearing her wedding ring and has not been seen with Rupert since the scandal? The night the scandal broke, Liberty posted a picture of a drunken, Disney Snow White that said, "Not so pretty and pure after all" and promptly shut down her Twitter account. I don't hate Kristen, but I honestly don't believe it was a "momentary indescretion", especially after seeing the photos myself. Some of them are pretty intimate, and seem to indicate they were far more familiar with each other than just "a kiss".

  • NENE | September 4, 2012 11:24 PM

    Those who are criticizing people believe that Kristen and Rupert slept together need to consider this: if it was just a "momentary indescretion", why did Robert move out so quickly and go into virtual hiding ? And why is Liberty no longer wearing her wedding ring and has not been seen with Rupert since the scandal? The night the scandal broke, Liberty posted a picture of a drunken, Disney Snow White that said, "Not so pretty and pure after all" and promptly shut down her Twitter account. I don't hate Kristen, but I honestly don't believe it was a "momentary indescretion", especially after seeing the photos myself. Some of them are pretty intimate, and seem to indicate they were far more familiar with each other than just "a kiss".

  • Jessica | September 4, 2012 9:40 PM

    That's right, Pattinson left his house, kicked her out of it, and after his NY tour, went to London for 10 days. He's doing everything he can to get away from her, but her pathetic shipper fans just can't deal with reality. Gossip Cop has verified that it wasn't a one time thing, that the affair went on for weeks at the very least. She was only caught on camera once. She admitted to cheating in her public apology, stop trying to pretend like it didn't happen. If she has to deal with the consequences now, she should have thought about that before cheating.

  • leeanne4cali | September 4, 2012 8:16 PM

    I completely agree with you. No one was there. No one knows exactly what happened. Those pictures can be interpreted a number of ways. People need to stop judging and move on. Leave these people to handle the situation on their own without the hate backlash. Most people are acting like they are saints. Like you said BG, there is always the what if scenario. I'm not judging Kristen in any of this - I have my beliefs behind this and I'll leave it at that. I have been a big support of both Rob and Kristen, and this hasn't lessened it AT ALL. They are actors, in a high profile environment. It's their job to bring us entertainment, not to have their private lives plastered all over the media. Regardless if this was out in the open, the papz stalked them and got the "money" shots. I wonder how everyday people would feel if their lives where suddenly out in the open for all the world to see. Some of you wouldn't make it through, think about that before you bash a young woman for making a mistake. She's human like the rest of us.

    To err is human...to forgive, divine - Alexander Pope

  • lucy | September 4, 2012 7:30 PM

    Exactly! None of us where there so we can't judge. I'll always love Kristen and Rob. Together and separate and what happens past their professional careers is none of my (or anyone else's) business.

  • Lucy | September 4, 2012 6:22 PMReply

    Did I miss something where she admitted to sleeping with Sanders and had an actual "fling" with him? Nothing we know says it was anything more than that one day. A "momentary indiscretion." Stop with the assumptions.

  • You missed it | September 4, 2012 9:44 PM

    Yes, you missed it but Gossip Cop verified that the affair had been going on for more than just the day she got caught. It really doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that, given the level of intimacy displayed in those 55 photos which were taken over a two hour span. You don't just turn your car around to go make out with some guy in the middle of the day for the first time. They might not have had sex that day, but they'd have it before then. A woman doesn't leave her marriage and a guy doesn't dump his girlfriend over a few kisses. An actress also doesn't go into hiding for a month if she hasn't done anything to be seriously ashamed of. Use your brain.

  • Larissa | September 4, 2012 6:22 PMReply

    I agree with everything. And you know what I find funny? What many say is not therefore hatred against it but not actually touching any time the name of Rupert. Actually, fuck it ... I love Kristen's work and his personal life is uniquely yours!

  • Clarice | September 4, 2012 9:48 PM

    Rupert is not the highest paid actress in Hollywood, he's a virtually unknown director. Of course more attention is going to be focused on her, nobody even knows who he is. And he didn't have fans who had been following her love life for the past five years. They can tell you all about her break up with Michael Aragano, too. She used to parade around in his clothes, too. She broke his heart when she dumped him to go after Rob, too. She has a history, this isn't her first time at displaying cruel behavior when she went after something she wanted.

  • Eaa | September 4, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    Is this a joke? I understand that she's due to make her first public appearance this week at TIFF so her team has the spin machine in overdrive but let's not be so dramatic. The reason she's gotten such a hard time is because she always branded herself as so authentic. She's said it time and again how she doesn't know how to be fake. She presented herself as the woman who defied every cliche in Hollywood. Actions speak louder than words. She's an actress who got caught having an affair with her married director. You can't get anymore cliche than that. Don't give me that stupid excuse that women want to hate her because of Rob. I liked them both equally. She turned out to be the opposite of what she claimed to be. I'm disgusted with her for the same reason I'm disgusted with Rupert Sanders, Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc. They betrayed the people they claimed to love most in the most humiliating way possible.. This person talks about Rob's crazy fans? What about the crazy Kristen fans who have villianized Liberty Ross for simply going out of her house. Apparently she's a famewhore because Kristen Stewart slept with HER husband. As far as her career, this won't affect it, not should it. Others have done far worse and bounced back. But this whole, " let's sympathize for Kristen" thing is ridiculous. It only draws more attention to the fact that the wrong person is being defended.

  • Let's remember Liberty | September 4, 2012 9:52 PM

    @EEA, I totally agree with you. If people want to have sympathy for a woman in this situation, it should be for Liberty Ross. Stewart being condemned for cheating has less to do with Pattinson and more to do with people feeling they've been lied to by Stewart for a very long time. She talked so much about how real and honest she was, and then she turns around and lies and cheats. She proved herself to be the worst kind of hypocrite and now she has zero credibility and zero sympathy. She showed no compassion for Liberty Ross when she cheated with her husband, did she?

  • Isabelle | September 4, 2012 5:51 PMReply

    Utterly ridiculous. Stewart has experienced the consequences of her actions for four weeks. And so she should. Liberty Ross's children will live with this for their entire lives. Stewart is NOT a feminist heroine. Go check out real suffering around the world and read its history throughout time Amy to see that for yourself. You may have an MBA, so do I, mine is also in law. And one of the first dictates we learn is, 'Ignorance is no defense under the law'. Kristen knew what she was doing, as did Sanders. Neither of them cared. So save your pity for those who deserve it. Kristen will be back in the spotlight this week, but she didn't have to return if it's so horrendous.

  • Lexi | September 4, 2012 5:25 PMReply

    Waving HI to all the Kristen Stewart fans and especially the haters. We know you all care way too much about her. So thank you.

  • Pk | September 4, 2012 6:12 PM

    Hi back! I slept with your significant other. You love me for that too, right?

  • Cora | September 4, 2012 5:11 PMReply

    So you took her public flogging personally because she's your fellow woman? I'll share what I took personally; her sleeping with a married man, a married father. After she worked with the wife and socialized with the family. As a married woman, as a woman period, I took THAT personally. This was no "oops, I didn't know he was married". This was despicably cold behavior and publicly condoning it when she has legions of young impressional fans is dangerous. Hold on to your husbands ladies! The next generation is going to be "true to themselves" and take what they like. And you have to forgive them because we all make mistakes (which is also offensive to me - sure I make mistakes, lots of them. But not with other women's husbands). Feminism at its best! Rupert is being called out too, unfortunately for the poor little dear girl she is higher profile. This has nothing to do with feminism and everything to do with dogging in broad daylight with your married director like a typical Hollywood starlet and being upset about getting caught. Childish and selfish. Nothing more.

    P.S. Bravo Indiewire. LOL Were you perhaps bought by Hollywood Life or maybe Popsugar? Why is this posted here?

  • leeanne4cali | September 4, 2012 8:31 PM

    Again...I'm going to ask...because I've been seeing this a lot. HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU KNOW SHE SLEPT WITH HIM? There, I feel better now. Unless you all were in the car, or on the side of the road with them, you know NOTHING!!!! By looking at the ONLY evidence presented on 7/23/2012 is that for two hours, the papz followed (more like stalked) Kristen from picking up Rupert at an building near his place of business and going to a residential area. NO WHERE in those pictures was there an actual "sex" action involved. Kissing is kissing, sex is sex. Two totally different things. People need to get over the assumptions, you're making asses out of yourselves. Yes, she kissed a married man - big deal - it happens every freaking day all over the world. A married man went after a young girl - again, it happens everyday all over the world. The only reason why this made headline news is because she is the girl dating Robert Pattinson, the most wanted man in the world, and she is the highest paid actress in Hollywood. The sad fact about this is, this story topped the shooting in Colorado another shooting at Virginia Tech - things that we SHOULD actually have cared about, but no...this received world-wide media because they were the couple everyone wanted to know about and they never gave the media a drop of their private lives - they were stolen from them. People need to stop judging someone they know nothing about and only know from what they are given through the media. Most of it are lies, nothing more. I honestly feel people are taking this too personally. This has nothing to do with anyone. They are not your brother, sister, cousin, friend, acquaintance...they are strangers. If you all feel this strongly about strangers, I'm afraid to ask how you'd react if it was a family member. Move on people!!

  • not so fast | September 4, 2012 5:03 PMReply

    I cannot share your opinion, I think Kristen with her demand, that her Relationship with Pattinson has to be that big secret, kept the speculation going.Only a little Truth could have prevented that whole outbreak of dislike for her. She was cruel to Pattinson , so what, but to come out whining that suddenly she loves him, when a most just thought they are friends , not more, maybe with Benefits, that was just hard to swallow. The way she was pretending that she is all that cool and then making out with a married guy whose family she first befriended and then f^^ked , is like she played all the fans in a very selfish cruel way. I think nobody would have been angry if she would have had an affair with someone. But the whole hiding , lying thing and then confessing she loves Rob and he is the only person she cares about, was a bitter slap into everybody's face. I don't think anybody would be harsh if she breaks up with Pattinson ,but at the Teen Choice awards she was all lovely, dovely with Robert, when on the other side she let the old man dry hump her in public a few days earlier. Their entwined finger showed a very intimate Relationship and she may still love him . Her Apology seemed fake , and it looks like she only did it because she got caught. People fall out of love , life goes on, but two timing, come on , not even you should accept that . I hope she moves on and I wish you wouldn't weave everything around Twatlight. Kristen will be fine, just like Pattinson . I wonder why Steward doesn't defend her apparent big love when all her Fans are dumping on Pattinson. Looks kind of bad , but also shows her true feelings. It will pass as soon as the Twatlight is over. One Thing can be learned from that...don't lie , don't cheat . Fans shell out a lot of Money that these actors can live their carefree live. Ksrew making comments that she is bored and wants to get f^^ked over was a real shocker to me , because there are so many people just scratching it together , while she can travel and live sorrow free.

  • Tracyee | September 4, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    I have to say you had me at first, right on... But I wholeheartedly disagree over the main issue I believe the supporters and detractors fail to acknowledge. It's not just that she cheated on Rob. Give people a little bit more credit than that. I am not a twilight fan, but I say She cheated on herself. Thats what is at the root of what her detractors are upset at and maybe haven't communicated and Her supporters want to ignore. She cheated herself from lying to her fans, the public and her audience by claiming to be someone she proved to not be. Forget the wife, kids and Rob for a second. No one forces you to go in the public eye to purport yourself as different than the cliche, a rebel and real. Authentic and dutiful to respect and loyalty. Angelina Jolie she's not. But we knew who Angelina was and is. We're we surprised at all when she had an affair with Brad, no. Because Angelina was authentic, promiscuous and sexual. No partner attached to her. No sneaking around. The other thing you got wrong... You understatement the reason for her heartfelt apology that she made quickly to 1 main person, her words, because what you ignored is the reality of how deep her deceit and betrayal went. Not to us, but to Rob. How easy would it be to break up with Rob and do it so it affects no ones career or celeb gossip/paps status past the point of the norm they were living through. She knew what was at stake if this got out. The treachery and disappointment for me in her has little to do with her cheating on a boyfriend but her cheating on herself, they're partnership in growing their career past Twilight which meant a lot was at stake for both but mainly Rob. He needed to grow a male audience, branch into a respected actor. Ummm thats pretty much a bigger uphill battle now right. They both talked about how little they could trust anyone but less than a handful of friends, so they confided in each other more than anyone to hold that sacred. What she did must feel like a family member stealing from you behind your back, extorting money while smiling in your face. It's the lack of respect for him and herself that's shameful on her part, because she knew what was at stake and she turned her back on it- I'm more important and my greedy need for sexual gratification and adoration is more important than the friend I'm betraying. This is why they're fans/onlookers are mad. And because you can immediately call it water under the bridge and other can't YET, is not fair of you. Theyll come around but it's been a month, not a year. Should she be called names, absolutely not. But should she be instantly admonished, no. For most people, she's got to earn that respect back. One step at a time. Over time. You claimed to know who she was, but I doubt you really knew this person, because you can support with out ignoring or passifying actions that are inexcusable. By relying so heavily on "Momentary" means youre again trying to ignore the truth of the matter. Reread her apology. It screams i had an inappropriate affair while brief but regrettable. Not a quick kiss in the car. I commend her apology but it doesn't make this all go away. Give everyone some respect and credit for common sense. Affairs have major consequespnces, affecting careers, families, friendships and lost trust. I dare to say, I doubt Rob will ever be able to trust the same way again. You put yourself in his shoes instead of hers and I know you'll see your words hurt a lot of people and assume ignorance instead of conflicting viewpoint. And as a fan spending thousands of dollars supporting their mag covers, DVDs, films etc you're owed some sense of really knowing who the real person is instead of assuming because you see how far that got you. Let the real Kristen stand up and truthfully explain who she is "new and approved" because so far she's been a inauthentic to a lot of people but most importantly to herself.

  • Tracyee | September 4, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    I have to say you had me at first, right on... But I wholeheartedly disagree over the main issue I believe the supporters and detractors fail to acknowledge. It's not just that she cheated on Rob. Give people a little bit more credit than that. I am not a twilight fan, but I say She cheated on herself. Thats what is at the root of what her detractors are upset at and maybe haven't communicated and Her supporters want to ignore. She cheated herself from lying to her fans, the public and her audience by claiming to be someone she proved to not be. Forget the wife, kids and Rob for a second. No one forces you to go in the public eye to purport yourself as different than the cliche, a rebel and real. Authentic and dutiful to respect and loyalty. Angelina Jolie she's not. But we knew who Angelina was and is. We're we surprised at all when she had an affair with Brad, no. Because Angelina was authentic, promiscuous and sexual. No partner attached to her. No sneaking around. The other thing you got wrong... You understatement the reason for her heartfelt apology that she made quickly to 1 main person, her words, because what you ignored is the reality of how deep her deceit and betrayal went. Not to us, but to Rob. How easy would it be to break up with Rob and do it so it affects no ones career or celeb gossip/paps status past the point of the norm they were living through. She knew what was at stake if this got out. The treachery and disappointment for me in her has little to do with her cheating on a boyfriend but her cheating on herself, they're partnership in growing their career past Twilight which meant a lot was at stake for both but mainly Rob. He needed to grow a male audience, branch into a respected actor. Ummm thats pretty much a bigger uphill battle now right. They both talked about how little they could trust anyone but less than a handful of friends, so they confided in each other more than anyone to hold that sacred. What she did must feel like a family member stealing from you behind your back, extorting money while smiling in your face. It's the lack of respect for him and herself that's shameful on her part, because she knew what was at stake and she turned her back on it- I'm more important and my greedy need for sexual gratification and adoration is more important than the friend I'm betraying. This is why they're fans/onlookers are mad. And because you can immediately call it water under the bridge and other can't YET, is not fair of you. Theyll come around but it's been a month, not a year. Should she be called names, absolutely not. But should she be instantly admonished, no. For most people, she's got to earn that respect back. One step at a time. Over time. You claimed to know who she was, but I doubt you really knew this person, because you can support with out ignoring or passifying actions that are inexcusable. By relying so heavily on "Momentary" means youre again trying to ignore the truth of the matter. Reread her apology. It screams i had an inappropriate affair while brief but regrettable. Not a quick kiss in the car. I commend her apology but it doesn't make this all go away. Give everyone some respect and credit for common sense. Affairs have major consequespnces, affecting careers, families, friendships and lost trust. I dare to say, I doubt Rob will ever be able to trust the same way again. You put yourself in his shoes instead of hers and I know you'll see your words hurt a lot of people and assume ignorance instead of conflicting viewpoint. And as a fan spending thousands of dollars supporting their mag covers, DVDs, films etc you're owed some sense of really knowing who the real person is instead of assuming because you see how far that got you. Let the real Kristen stand up and truthfully explain who she is "new and approved" because so far she's been a inauthentic to a lot of people but most importantly to herself.

  • Britney | September 4, 2012 4:53 PMReply

    Will indiewire be posting a rebuttal from another thoughtful fan since they're choosing to engage in this can of worms? There's nothing wrong with not wanting to contribute to the success of a public figure when you simply don't like them anymore. Some of their character is exposed in public and you have a choice to say you'll continue to be their fan or not. You continue to support their public work or not. It happens to all public figures who put themselves out there - in interviews, in their films, in personal matters that unfortunately get exposed.

    Media is latching on to extremists in the Twihard community and it's sad that those loudest are representing a whole that is much more respectful that you're implying. Few rotten apples spoils the bunch.

    When this dust settles, Kristen's fans will still support her, Rob's fans will still support him, Twilight fans will still go see Breaking Dawn, fans of just the relationship will support that fantasy for however long they want to believe it. The fighting is more with the other fans and not the actual actors.

  • Alex | September 4, 2012 4:43 PMReply

    No one is going to write a letter to the wife and kids? Kristen was friends with Liberty. I guess they're not famous and don't deserve support or respect. I agree it's not fair the name-calling but stop trying to make her a victim. And I don't want Pattinson for myself, I love my boyfriend very much, thank you! It's so difficult to understand that some people find cheating with a married man/woman inmoral? Not a mistake, just plain inmoral, both sanders and stewart.

  • Jill | September 4, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    When I read articles such as this, I've often wondered where the articles are defending Robert Pattinson since he has done nothing wrong, yet once Kristen Stewart cheated, it became open season on him as well. Some of her more deranged fans even sent a list of madeup salacious accusations to less reputable blogs with no integrity who actually published the trash. While I do not condone hate on anyone, Kristen is the one that made the choice that led to this, not Rob. Is it ridiculous that trash tabs are still making up stories about both her and Rob. Yes. Is it ridiculous that these tabs act like they actually know what is going on. Yes. But is Kristen a teenager or a child as some want to make her. No. Kristen needs (and already has) to take responsibility for what she did, take time to figure out why she did it, learn from it and then move on. In the mean time her fans need to stop making excuses for her, the press needs to stop making up stories about her and Rob, and all the hate directed at both her and Rob needs to just stop. People need to move on. It has been over 6 weeks. What will be, will be. These in defense of articles are just as bad as the attack ones and continue to draw attention to a matter that is and should be a private one between the parties, especially at this point. Only 2 people know all the details about what is going on, let those 2 people deal with this and figure it out like the adults they BOTH are.

  • AMY | September 4, 2012 11:02 PM

    @Jill, thank you for pointing out the fact that many of Kristen's more rabid fans, "Krisbians", are doing everything they can to trash Robert. They are making up all kinds of possible excuses as to why she cheated. The most annoying excuse is that she's "a child" or that "she's young" and therefore, should not be held accountable for her actions. The fact is this: If you're old enough to buy beer, cigarettes and serve in the military - guess what? You're an adult. One of more sickening aspects of the scandal is that Liberty Ross personally approved Kristen as Snow White. She stated she had a "special quality" that was essential the role (I saw the interview myself, and can be seen on YouTube). Liberty also played her mother in SWATH. So if people couldn't care less about Robert, how would you feel if your husband had an affair with a 22 year old, especially if you were the one who recommended her? It would be a double betrayal - both her husband and the young woman recommended. I agree, people need just move on and let all parties involved deal with the situation as they see fit.

  • erin | September 4, 2012 5:12 PM

    ''I've often wondered where the articles are defending Robert Pattinson since he has done nothing wrong'' <<<< Agreed this so much! and still no letter for the wife and kids?..
    Seriously so sick of poor victim kristen articles..
    She was friends with wife, she knew the kids. She simply didn't care. She's one half of two villains in this story. The end.

  • Sueb | September 4, 2012 4:29 PMReply

    Finally someone brave enough to get to the root cause of this shit storm Kristen Stewart messed up big time ( I personally think she was coerced and the Director should own up to it as he was the supposed authority figure but he used his authority for his own mid life crisis imo) The fact is reading some of the So called RPattz fans comments they are certifiably insane They dont know the guy at all but are completely obssessed with every detail of his private life It wouldnt matter who he was dating they would never be good enough for his fans Some would prefer him to date Katy Perry or ANYBODY just not kristen They cant stand the fact that she has had him for the last 4 years and has put up with all the attendant turmoil that has brought her. She has had to have a very strong backbone to deal with all this even before any Cheating Scandal He is a fabulous and handsome actor but any future girl thinking of dating him is going to have to be very strong to stand beside him because his crazy fans will eventually turn viscious on any female interest he may have and all his possible romances will be blighted by them.It is time all the haters just shut up Kristen is a dedicated actress and she will go on from here just on her own from now on until someone can appreciate how one of a kind she is.

  • Amy | September 4, 2012 10:42 PM

    I am a huge fan of Robert Pattinson, but also liked Kristen Stewart, I thought they made such a cute couple! To put a label on myself, I'm considered a Robsessed/Robsten. When I saw the 50+ photos, I felt sick to my stomach. The degree of intimacy in those photos does not indicate it was a "momentary indiscretion". As far as Rob's fans go, I'll admit, he has some crazy fans. However, the same could be said about the "Krisbians" who are Kristen's rabid fans. Many tolerated Robert because he was her boyfriend, otherwise, were not too thrilled about him. Others considered themselves Krisbians/Nonberts, who absolutely hated Robert and wanted her to be with anyone else. I learned all about the different camps on Twitter. The night before the photos came out, all groups thought it was just a terrible rumor, or that the pics had been photo shopped. Literally the minute those pics were published, Kristen's and Robert's most rabid fans immediately went to war with each other. Many of both Kristen's and Robert's fans, still remained loyal to both of them, but were very hurt and bewildered by the scandal. My point is this: you can't just place the blame on Robert's fans. Many genuinely liked her and thought they were good for each other. Neither can you say that Kristen's fans have been exactly compassionate towards Robert or Liberty. I've read countless comments stating Robert must be bad in bed, or Liberty is a famewhore taking advantage of the situation and other hurtful comments, that blame the victims and make excuses for Kristen. So please, if you're going to lump Robert's crazy fans together, make sure account for Kristen's as well. They are just as rabid as Robert's fans, and many are far worse.

  • Melinda | September 4, 2012 10:04 PM

    Since you are a fan of The Cheater, it doesn't surprise me that you can't make a decent assessment of the majority of Pattinson's fans. They want him to find a girl who will respect him, who won't cheat and lie to his face. I predict that his next girlfriend will get their full support. People didn't like Kristen Stewart to begin with, because, let's face it, she's not that likable. She doesn't have a winning personality like Jennifer Lawrence, she's not known for her sense of humor, she's known for scowling and flipping the bird, screaming obscenities at the paps, and in general, acting like a spoiled brat.

    That we wish better for Pattinson in the future should be clear to anyone except her fans. They are just waiting for Rob's next GF to be attacked by fans, but it won't be his fans who are doing it, it will be Stewart's. The rumors of him having dinner in a group with Katy Perry have already proved that one. His fans were cool with it, Stewart's fans were outraged. "It's too soon! He must not have cared about Kristen!" They are so transparent, it's like he broke up with them.

  • Leslie | September 4, 2012 4:25 PMReply

    Bravo, I really liked this. Except the part that she "slept" with a married man - we don't know that.

  • Falstaff | September 6, 2012 1:15 PM

    @Miguel If you think that Gossip Cop is any more credible than Radar Online or the National Enquirer, then you need a tutorial in tabloid journalism...and you just shot your entire rebuttal right in the foot.

  • Miguel | September 4, 2012 10:10 PM

    Gossip Cop has verified that the affair went on for more than just that day, and anyone with eyes would know it after seeing the 55 photos, and seeing Liberty Ross withdrawing from her marriage. Marriages don't break up over some kissing. Sanders and Stewart were alone in hotels all over the world on their SWATH promo tour. There's footage on youtube of them eyeing each other behind the scenes, when they didn't think the camera was on them, and he's very "handsy" with her, even on the red carpet. That implies intimacy. The affair could have been going on for months and could still be going on if she hadn't been caught with pictures. She's proven herself to be a liar and a cheat. Those things are not admirable. If she's having a tough time, she only has to look into the mirror to find out where the blame lies.

  • Falstaff | September 4, 2012 7:06 PM

    I have to agree with Leslie. The media outlets have been harping on the idea that Kristen slept with Sanders, despite her adamant denial of it. She admitted wrong-doing on her part, but denies anything physically worse than a one time blunder that never made it past groping and kissing. Humiliating and hurtful to both her and Robert, but hardly "sleeping with" Sanders. And I believe her, because her team went with full disclosure, and can't afford to have her look like a liar yet again...and if evidence of same existed, it'd be out by now. Likewise if there were worse pictures (Only 50 pics? Really? Between 4 paps? Do tell!) the carrion eaters at US Weekly would have printed them already.

    A good article Ms. Theus. Very good. But you shot your credibility in the foot by repeating a tabloid error in fact checking. Otherwise, bravo.

  • Kate | September 4, 2012 4:15 PMReply

    Amy I must notice how do you she slept with the other man? Very rude thing to write down big failure there. So ye not sure bout this "article"

  • Bes | September 4, 2012 1:52 PMReply

    Why do people constantly say Twilight fans are unable to separate fantasy from reality, actors from roles? Nonsense, and offensive nonsense. Women don't relate well to Hollywood actresses because they devote their lives to playing distorted women characters which women can't relate to. Actresses don't care how their willingness to distort female characters and stories distorts culture and women audiences don't care about actresses. At first Kristen seemed like a regular person many young women could relate to. Now that she has started playing strippers, drug users, victims etc and appears to be banging her way to the top of her profession many young women can't relate to her. She is just your average Hollywood tart. Women audiences don't have an obligation to like her. Not liking her does not mean they hate her or can't separate reality from fiction. They just don't care and that's OK.

  • Falstaff | September 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    @Emily And she's done that, many times over. Yet I get the feeling that you, and many like you, feel that "facing the music" constitutes dragging Kristen Stewart through some metaphorical cobblestone streets to a square somewhere where you and your fellow lovers of justice will flay her alive before stoning her to death, while the tabloids lovingly record the results. If her error in judgment makes YOUR burden as a parent THAT much harder, then I think you need to give way to someone with the cojones for the job. The lesson you should perhaps be teaching your children is that misogynistic cruelty of the sort we've seen with regard to Kristen Stewart doesn't beget truth. To wait and SEE before they condemn. Then again, you have to internalize that lesson yourself before you can teach it to anyone.

  • Bes | September 5, 2012 1:40 PM

    Women in Hollywood have gotten ahead by sleeping with Directors, Producers, Leading Men etc for as long as there has been Hollywood. Kristen is following a time honored path for women in Hollywood. The young woman audience has noticed this pattern because they are intelligent people, not idiots who can't separate reality from fantasy. I find this whole dumping on female audience members extremely offensive. They are not obligated to like her.

  • Emily | September 4, 2012 10:15 PM

    To @Falstaff: Fans who claim to "support" Stewart have misplaced loyalty. She doesn't need support, she doesn't need to be further enabled. She needs to face the music and deal with the consequences of her action. She doesn't need a pass. What she did is offensive to the fabric of society. She might not want to be a role model, but millions of young fans look up to her and copy her hair, her clothes, and her actions. She's sent them a very bad message, one that we'll all have to deal with for a very long time. When you're trying to teach moral values and you have someone like her flaunting them at every turn, it makes a parent's job so much harder. She blew it bigtime.

  • Falstaff | September 4, 2012 7:18 PM

    @Elizabeth? My wife and I both support Kristen. And Robert. Together or apart. They're fine actors and I believe them both to be good people at heart. However, as much as I disagree with @Bes's diatribe (Average Hollywood Tart???), people really need to quit downplaying what happened that day. It wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it wasn't just "a mistake" either. To get to where she was that day, you don't make a mistake. You make a whole series of mistakes, going back well beyond that day, and culminating in a final choice to do the wrong thing. *That* is what Kristen has to address with Robert, not with us. And certainly not with the hyenas in the media. I wish them both luck and happiness, together or separately.

    And I think that, sooner or later, the people who hate will be compelled to eat their words with regard to that young lady.

  • Elizabeth | September 4, 2012 4:14 PM

    "Average Hollywood tart"? A young woman has had two serious relationships in her life and one slip up. That does not make her a 'tart'. She's a young woman who made mistake.

  • LeonRaymond | September 4, 2012 1:23 PMReply

    So she kissed him big f**king deal, she still a damn teenager, she still fining her self, if any body made a mistake here it was him cause he had the foresight and years on this planet to say "whoa slow down sister, I hear you but I go shoes older than you" He was her role model it would have been the same if he was the basketball player MJ, he was the role model there, I love her natural acting and talent. I like watching her and did not see one Twilight film, I going from the point of Panic Room. -Leave the damn young girl alone -you want to go hate on some one go hate on the Klu Klux Klan, Oh yeah I forgot that makes way too much sense!!!

  • Tom | September 4, 2012 10:20 PM

    @Leon, you are offensive in so many ways. She's not a teen, she's 22 and she's been working in an adult industry since she was 12. She's not an easily led child. She knew right from wrong and she chose to be dishonorable. Her cheating was a deliberate act, not an accident. She is responsible. Of course Sanders is a pig, but he's not getting a pass, either. But she was the one with a billion dollar career--she threw it away for some cheap thrills. Total lack of good judgment, lack of respect for everyone involved, and lack of moral values.

  • Femi | September 4, 2012 5:52 PM

    She slept with Sanders you idiot. Grow up.

  • gabi44 | September 4, 2012 5:09 PM

    you should really write a letter to the children she befriendet and then took away their father. Even the writer who is like 39 , I want to see her face when a 22 year old one steal her husband . I wouldn't hide a smile

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