kristen stewart

On The Vilification of Kristen Stewart

by Jamie Sanford on July 26, 2012

I do not think I’ve hidden the fact that I’m into Twilight. I avoided it for a while, but then saw the trailer for the first movie and was intrigued by the hot guy playing the vampire, so I bought the first book. It all went down the Twilight rabbit hole from there.

Photo by Mark Seliger for Harper’s Bazaar.

The Scandal

So, I’ve gotten very used to seeing a lot of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson around online, especially on Tumblr, where I started following a few Twilight-focused blogs. They are PROLIFIC to say the least. It was no different yesterday (July 25, 2012), when the news broke that Kristen Stewart had cheated on Robert Pattinson with director Rupert Sanders, who Kristen had worked with on the recent film Snow White and the Huntsman. First reported by Us Weekly (who published photos of Kristen and Rupert together), and quickly picked up by People magazine, the news spread like wildfire. As someone who reads way too much celebrity and entertainment news, I knew that People magazine is not one to post things without some level of confirmation. It wasn’t much later that official statements came from both Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders, owning up to their indiscretion (which allegedly was just a bunch of making out? I don’t claim to know the truth here.) and apologizing to their significant others (he is married and has 2 young children, Kristen has been dating Robert Pattinson for a few years). This was actually the first time that Kristen Stewart had publicly acknowledged her relationship with Robert Pattinson.

“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I’ve caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”

I don’t want to get into Rupert’s apology, but he is apparently also sorry.

My heart broke a bit when I read her statement. Not only did she officially recognize her relationship with Rob, but she laid it out that she is devastated and truly sorry. She’s been notoriously private (him too), and this is definitely a change.  Apparently enough of a change that Tumblr and Twitter were blowing up with stories about how the pictures were fake and how Kristen would never release a statement because she doesn’t do that.

Oy.

I have so much trouble understanding people who are online all the time, who must read TONS of entertainment news, and who would think:

1 – that a news outlet would make something up and say that it is an “official statement.”
2 – that representatives for 2 different people would not have rejected the validity of said statements if they were in fact fake.
3 – that the pictures of these 2 people together are faked, even after both of them have admitted to what they did.

Get over it. This is real. Your girl Kristen Stewart has not released statements like this before, but she also hasn’t been in a situation where photographic proof of her cheating on her very famous (and famously hot) boyfriend is literally ALL OVER THE INTERNET. She loves him and is sorry, and knew that staying silent would not make it any better. There’s a first time for everything, and this is the time for her to officially say that she loves this person and is sorry that her epic screwup is all over the place.

Yes, cheating is bad.

There are reactions all over the place that are just out of hand. Girls crying on YouTube, fan sites shutting down because Kristen Stewart did something shady with a married man, etc. They can all do and say what they want, but I think this is a heinous example of how creepy the level to which people are invested in the lives of celebrities is now.

Kristen Stewart, while the current highest-paid actress in Hollywood, is 22 years old. Yes, she’s been dating Robert Pattinson for a long time, and yes, she “cheated” (or something) with a married man with whom she had a professional relationship. None of this situation is good. However, I also did some shady things in my early 20s with someone in a relationship, and I am really glad that I wasn’t vilified for it on the Internet for millions of people to see and discuss. Now, I see all of these people who claim to be fans of someone freaking out and saying they hate her for doing that, and I cannot help but feel bad for her. I also sympathize with the real victims of this, those who were cheated ON, because they are hurt and it’s going to haunt them, especially as these are 2 people in the public eye themselves.

If you were someone’s fan before, wouldn’t you put yourself in the position of “what would I do if I were friends with this person?” All of the people who are spouting venom all over the Internet about Kristen Stewart would not be doing that if they were friends with her. You can be disappointed in someone’s behavior and still love them, and still forgive them. Everyone makes mistakes, and while forgetting isn’t likely, forgiveness is divine.

How long until the gap between the way people would treat people they don’t actually know and someone in their actual life doesn’t exist anymore? It’s a terrifying prospect, that all compassion would disappear from the world and we all could do something someday that would turn us into what Kristen Stewart was on the Internet yesterday.

NOTE: The mood on Tumblr today seems to have calmed a bit, there is a lot of positive support being posted too. I don’t want to give the impression that it is all bad.

NOTE 2: Friends defend their friends – and also KNOW WHAT THE TRUTH IS, which is the real deal. See Giovanni Agnelli.

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Realness Report: Fashion Week, Kristen Stewart, Gaga

by Jamie Sanford on September 12, 2011

New feature! I have been sucked into the term “realness” from watching too many episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul’s Drag U, etc.

You can see the origin of talking about realness in terms of “passing” in this clip from Paris is Burning.

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In this instance, realness I’m talking about is encapsulating a look or attitude from another person, culture, situation, etc.  It’s a broader definition, but it works for me and let’s go with it.

“Just out of the shower with a hangover” realness at the Alexander Wang Spring 2012 show at New York Fashion Week.

Kristen Stewart looks AMAZING in this month’s W Magazine, but as you can see from the picture, she is giving lots of Priscilla Presley realness.  Click here to check out the rest of the photos and an interview with Kristen.

Carnation realness from Lady Gaga.  Come on, look at that hat.  (In all seriousness though, how beautiful does Gaga look here? She looks fabulous with a pale lip and that blond hair, for about a week she looked just beautiful, without distracting from it with her fashion extremes.  I appreciate that part of Gaga too, but I really loved this look.)

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The Yellow Handkerchief (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 4, 2011

59. The Yellow Handkerchief (Not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for The Yellow Handkerchief.

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Spoiler alert. Yes, another Kristen Stewart movie. Deal with it. This is the last one for a while.

The Yellow Handkerchief is a road trip movie, where 2 teenagers end up on a road trip with an ex-con just out of prison.  They end up finding out his story and helping him pursue another chance at a lost love.  The movie stars William Hurt, Maria Bello, Eddie Redmayne and the aforementioned Kristen Stewart.

As we move through the initially uncomfortable road trip, we see flashbacks of the relationship between Brett (the ex-con played by Hurt) and May (Bello), who meet and eventually get married.  An unfortunate incident puts Brett in jail, and in an attempt to save her from him, he divorces May from jail.  Early in the road trip, he mails her a postcard letting her know that he is out of jail, and that if she wants to see him, she should put up a yellow sail on her houseboat.

Martine and Gordy (Stewart and Redmayne) are just kids, and they become wrapped up in the story that Brett tells them of May and the love that they shared.  They provide the push that Brett needs to follow through on his attempt to reconnect with May, and naturally, seem to have fallen in love with one another by the end of the movie.

The Yellow Handkerchief is quite a pretty film, it gives you a lovely view at some of the beauty of the small towns in the south, and presents some of the devastation still remaining after Hurricane Katrina.  It is definitely worth a viewing, I really enjoyed the movie.  I never think about William Hurt but the man is SO GOOD in the movie.  Props also to Maria Bello, who makes me sympathize with May and also cringe at her behavior.

The Yellow Handkerchief is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.99.

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Welcome to the Rileys (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 1, 2011

58. Welcome to the Rileys (not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Welcome to the Rileys.

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I added one Kristen Stewart movie to the Netflix queue and ended up adding a bunch, so that explains the Kristen Stewart-heavy movies as of late.  I have really enjoyed watching her in non-Twilight movies, and in this movie especially since I think her performance was great.

Welcome to the Rileys is the story of an unlikely friendship developed between Doug (James Gandolfini), a man in a disaster of a marriage due to the death of his daughter, and Mallory (Stewart), a runaway teenager turned stripper, working in New Orleans.  Doug meets Mallory, who looks a bit like the daughter he once had, and is immediately drawn to her, and tries to help her improve her life through home repair and improved manners.  Doug’s wife, meanwhile, is at home, where she has been trapped in the house for years, unable to leave since the death of her and Doug’s daughter.  Soon enough, Doug’s announcement that he is staying in New Orleans “for a while” forces his wife Lois (Melissa Leo) to finally force her way into the world again.  She joins Doug in New Orleans, meets Mallory, and eventually tries to help her as well, before both Doug and Lois recognize that they cannot replace their lost daughter.

In addition to Kristen Stewart’s strong performance in this movie, James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo are also spectacular.  James Gandolfini made me forget about Tony Soprano, which is the best compliment I can give.  Melissa Leo disappears into her characters, and this was no different, she is brilliant.

Welcome to the Rileys is available on DVD from Amazon for $19.99.

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Adventureland (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 8, 2011

30. Adventureland (Not available for viewing on Netflix Instant Watch)

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Here’s the trailer for Adventureland.

Adventureland is a period movie, set in the summer of 1987. We meet James, played by Jesse Eisenberg, who has just graduated from college and found out that due to a change in his parents’ financial status that he will not be spending the summer in Europe before going to grad school at Columbia University in the fall.  He looks for a summer job and ends up with a gig at the local amusement park, Adventureland.  The rest of the movie is again, really well explained by the IMDB description.

A comedy set in the summer of 1987 and centered around a recent High School grad who takes a nowhere job at his local amusement park, only to find it’s the perfect course to get him prepared for the real world.

James meets new friends and has all sorts of new experiences during his time at Adventureland, and outside of the job, hanging out with said new friends. Most notably is the relationship he develops with Em, played by Kristen Stewart, an NYU student on summer break working at the park to escape her father and stepmother.

Ryan Reynolds is in the movie too. Yum.

It’s a summer movie. I liked it a lot, even though I too have trouble sometimes with Kristen Stewart in movies where her mannerisms are the same all the time and it bothers me a lot.  I saw her in a great film called The Cake Eaters and she didn’t give me the same kind of feeling.  She has great moments in this movie, but after having seen 3 Twilight movies, it doesn’t feel like her acting is that different because of the similarities in mannerisms.  Perhaps Hollywood needs to throw more challenging stuff her way.

I enjoyed Adventureland, enough to have watched it again with the DVD commentary from the writer/director Greg Mottola and Jesse Eisenberg.  I would definitely be interested in getting the DVD, this feels like a movie that could become a comfortable favorite – and I can’t think of another way to explain it.

Adventureland is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.12.

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