“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart gave a surprising answer when asked about gender inequality in Hollywood during an interview with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday. Her comments probably would have gone viral anyway, but Internet users were especially hurt by her words when Variety erroneously said she was talking about diversity — not gender inequality.
“If you feel like there’s a lack of something in front of you … instead of sitting around and complaining about that go do something,” she said. “And that’s easy to say,” she continued. “Like, f---, it’s hard to get movies made. It’s a huge luxury. Who gets to just make movies?” the “Twilight” star said, adding: “But that subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, and it’s boring.”
Stewart continued to talk about the pay gap: “It’s hard for me to speak to that because it’s awkward. I’m so f---ing lucky and stimulated and driven and like not bored and I have something in front of me all the time so it sounds weird for me to sit around and be like, ‘it’s not fair guys make more money’, because their movies make more money. Like let’s start making more money, it makes sense.”
Stewart was soon slammed on Twitter. Variety then issued a correction.
Correction: Kristen Stewart was addressing gender equality, not diversity, in this Variety video segment https://t.co/gDlQbTz0wQ
— Variety (@Variety) January 26, 2016
Even though Variety said they made a mistake, many people were not convinced. Others thought her comments were just as offensive. Some of their tweets have been shared below:
If Kristen Stewart thinks women in general aren't doing enough, we can probably guess what she thinks about poc.
— KB (@KaraRBrown) January 26, 2016
B-b-but Kristen Stewart, I liked you so much. What the f, girl? pic.twitter.com/yviF63UuDH
— Sam Escobar (@myhairisblue) January 25, 2016
Oh Kristen Stewart. Damn. I really like you but no. Next time just say no.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 25, 2016
Stewart has not responded to the backlash.
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