Kristen Stewart: a Megan Fox moment
Kristen Stewart is featured this month in Elle UK. Click here for the scans. The photographs are cute and sexy and irreverent, the interview is rather unremarkable save for a cheeky moment at the end when she shows the reporter a personal photo of what’s assumed to be Stewart with Robert Pattinson and a rather inflammatory complaint about being a celebrity and all the intrusion that comes with it.
"Your little persona is made up of all the places that people have seen you and what has been said about you. And usually the places that I am are so overwhelming in the moment and fleeting for me - like one second where I've said something stupid, that's me, forever. What you don't see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked, or the people falling over themselves, screaming and taunting to get a reaction. All you see is an actor or a celebrity lit up but a flash. It's so... The photos are so... I feel like I'm looking at someone being raped. A lot of the time I can't handle it. It's f-cked. I never expected that this would be my life."
Oh here we go. It’s that young celebrity self-involvement, almost an over-awareness of oneself, and a tendency to hyperbolise. Young people, they’re narcissistic as it is. And when you throw fame into that mix, it becomes even worse. Megan Fox is guilty of this all the time. You are no doubt already very familiar with the stupid sh-t that comes out of her mouth.
Only this time it’s Kristen Stewart. As you know, I like Kristen Stewart. A lot. But while her fans and defenders and of course those Twi-Hards will argue that she has a right to protest against the paparazzi and the tabloids and the relentless hysteria that seems to surround her, supporting Stewart’s contention that the experience of being photographed is akin to being raped (obviously extremely ignorant and offensive) is tantamount to suggesting then that the fan is also doing the raping. After all, in Stewart’s example in particular, interest in her photos is 100% driven by the Twilight public. Condemning only the industry that feeds that public is not only a weak cop-out, it’s an extremely immature understanding of Celebrity as an ecosystem, where all parts are dependent on each other. Stewart is a willing participant in a game that simply wouldn’t exist without the irksome-for-some, welcome-for-others presence of fans and photographers.
Without THEM there is no HER. Unfortunately that tiresomely ubiquitous celebrity sense of entitlement has also infected Kristen Stewart. Because in real life there are sh-tty parts that come with a job. Like say data entry. Or cleaning a toilet. Or lifting heavy boxes and tearing away at your back muscles. Or travelling so much you don’t get to see your family. Some people have to endure the horrible and unpleasant job duties because they have no choice. Kristen Stewart however chose to be an actor because she loves her job. And in doing so appears to expect that being an actor means that her job, unlike our jobs, should never come with a downside. Her job’s downside happens to be that people want to look at her picture. Her job’s upside is that she might get to work with really great artists and learn from them, and sometimes not work at all, for like 3 or 4 months at a time, and go on luxe holidays, and not worry about not having a college education to build for a future, and have the time for hours upon hours to read and learn and grow as a person.
Stewart is the headlining star of a major bubblegum franchise that actively engages the online community to secure and expand its fanbase. She has her own goddamn action figure. She’s dating her co-star. It’s more than a little self-indulgent then to compare the perhaps irritating itch of the paps in her face to being the victim of a sexual assault, wouldn’t you say?
I’m all for Kristen Stewart giving the finger, I’m all for her telling someone to f-ck off if she’s not in the mood, but I can’t get down with Kristen Stewart asstalking like she’s Megan Fox. She’s much smarter than this. So I have full confidence that when she steps of the bubble post Bella Swan, she’ll probably wake up to it.
Various images of a beautiful Stewart in Australia are attached including sightseeing with Tom Cruise Jr and posing with him at the photo call today during which he appeared to be trying out his side-lean with a lip-bite.
Photos from Wenn.com and Snapper Media/Splashnewsonline.com and INF