Kristen Stewart latest to fight celebrity misconceptions

By Trevor Ballanger

Since the dawn of celebrity, affairs of the stars have been splattered on magazine and newspaper covers worldwide. Naturally, everyone has opinions, therefore, making a complete stranger’s business anyone’s own. Today, the situation has become grossly exploited with the help of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and every trash magazine everywhere.

The latest piece of celebrity meat being preyed upon is Kristen Stewart. Honestly, I’ve been avoiding this topic for several reasons. The primary being I didn’t want to perpetuate a topic so detrimental to the arts, and also because the majority of negative opinions are senseless and dense. But as an arts and culture editor, I’ve had enough of people ripping this girl to shreds. Stewart is an actress and asset to film culture. She clearly works hard at what she does. Many of her roles also promote feminism and strength.

In 2008, a little series by the name of “The Twilight Saga” flooded the shelves of every Barnes & Noble and convenience stores this side of the Western Hemisphere, and subsequently, became a box office phenomenon when it was adapted into film.

Now, bear with me here. I’m trying to be delicate. The reason “The Twilight Saga” is so popular is because it was practically shoved down the throats of every teenage girl. The problem with this is that it gave a false sense of what relationships and love should really mean (and at the very least, what literature truly means). Granted, these books are works of fiction and aren’t the worst thing to happen to pop culture. In many ways, this story is entertaining and enjoyable, but it’s also not trying to be “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Twilight Saga” is almost purely about attraction, which can be a dangerous thing to impose on growing minds.

Because every fan in the world wanted to be her, it was practically inevitable for whichever unfortunate girl got cast as Bella Swan to be loved, hated and scrutinized to within an inch of her humanity. Stewart was just able to live out the fantasy because she signed a contract. I think on some subconscious level, people knew they couldn’t just hate her for this reason, but they certainly were not displeased with the news of her failing commitment to co-star Robert Pattinson.

And it’s not like Pattinson is the most dashing and mysterious man to ever live. It’s that he just got lucky being cast in the role of a character that is not only unrealistic, but a complete lie. The character of Edward Cullen is handsome, mysterious and attracted to the “every-girl.” He’s brooding, sensitive and happens to be a vampire, which is a quality that makes him unreasonably sexy. He’s a man anyone would crave to be their perfect boyfriend. This is the way he was manufactured to be by the author, Stephenie Meyer. It’s only natural that fans would confuse his real qualities with that of his character.

Throw into the mixture that the two actually began a real relationship, and you’ve practically got a fourth of the world’s population ready to boot ‘n’ rally with pitchforks for Stewart’s head on a jealousy stick. Then the unthinkable happened—Stewart cheated. Cue the tragedy masks and simultaneous gasping. It’s not like Stewart is the first person in the history of time to have an indiscretion.

The masses probably would have hated her more if she and Pattinson had gotten married. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Her participation in this series would have ended the same way. By the same token, does anyone really believe that Pattinson hasn’t cheated either? It’s not that he isn’t deserving of receiving the benefit of the doubt, but it’s been blatantly obvious that hordes of girls have thrown themselves at him. So, to each their own when it comes to that theory.

Now, it seems Stewarts role in at least two movies are being affected, including the sequel to “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Too bad the director of this film, Rupert Sanders, happens to be the married father of two who was the “other man.”

In an email to, a Universal Studios representative said, “We’re exploring all options to continue the ‘Huntsman’ franchise. Any reports that Kristen Stewart has been dropped are false.”

What should really matter is the acting. Stewart is a fine actress. Think of her portrayal of Joan Jett in “The Runaways” biopic. Her upcoming role in the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” may prove to be her finest performance to date. It doesn’t matter that she doesn’t smile wide for the cameras and is incessantly biting her lip. She doesn’t seem to care what people think of her, and at least she’s not faking it.

Her former “Panic Room” co-star, Oscar winner Jodie Foster, probably couldn’t have said it better—not only about Stewart, but celebrites in general. According to her essay written for

“We’ve all seen the headlines at the check-out counter. ‘Kristen Stewart Caught.’ We’ve all thumbed the glossy pages here and there…Eventually this all passes. The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And, yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive. Hopefully in the process you don’t lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and – finally – the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don’t let them take that away from you.”

There’s nothing wrong with taking an interest in celebrities. Obviously, I wouldn’t be an entertainment writer if I didn’t. It just boils down to sticking to the art and respecting people for who they are. Stewart is just today’s front-runner in an unending lineage of actors publicly crucified for decisions made in their private life. Think about your own shortcomings and remember when it comes to the lives of others, it’s none of your damn business.