Spin Again - on Kristen Stewart, Lisa Ling
When my friend called the other day to talk, she waited until I was fully primed in the conversation before dropping a truly delicious story on me that unfortunately would negate the friendship if I reprinted it here. But as she finished, she sighed “it just goes to show. Don’t ever meet your heroes, man.”
I laughed at her, of course. But now I might have to include “and use caution when you follow them on Twitter, because you might end up liking someone you don’t, out of spite”.
I was really surprised when Lisa Ling, whom I’ve always enjoyed, and who seems to have a healthy tongue-in-cheekness about her media career and the distance between her and “celebrities”, tweeted: “Kristen Stewart, you f'd up my friend.” With a link to the Robert Pattinson interview on The Daily Show. Right above a tweet about bullying. No joke.
I know Ling only meant that Pattinson came off well on the show; many others said it too. But the result here is that after I tie myself in predictable knots about whether Ling’s Twitter is her own and she can do anything she wants with it, and why she would do this when I bet she would call herself a feminist, and maybe she knows some insider trading or something about the relationship, I am forced to come down on the side of Kristen Stewart yet again.
How did I get to this place? I am way more Ling’s demographic, in every way, than Stewart’s; I whined about how Stewart was overrated -- and not that long ago! But because this “you f’d up” attitude doesn’t just come from Ling or from Twitter – it’s coming from all over – I am finding myself her reluctant defender. This article about Stewart not returning to the Snow White And The Huntsman franchise spells out any number of potential changes - but the headline sure reads like she was fired, huh?
She cheated on her boyfriend. Not her husband. She’s only been old enough to DRINK FOR A YEAR. At worst this was a very bad decision for her, personally. There are college seniors (look at me with the American terminology) doing way worse as we speak. For that matter, identically-aged Taylor Swift is inserting herself physically into Camelot as though she can just will herself a Kennedyship. People who are young do dumb things. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t grow up. You’d have the mental sophistication of a seven-year-old in your 40 year old body.
But we haven’t had a real scapegoat in awhile – something to remind people that women can’t be trusted, especially the ones who don’t want to settle down like a good girl. So I guess Stewart has to hold the torch until Rihanna or Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez does something to displease. Because they will. Because they’re young.