Twilight actress Kristen Stewart is dealing with a PR nightmare this morning after comments she made during an interview with Variety were misconstrued. Stewart was asked about the lack of great roles for women in Hollywood to which she offered this response:
“Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something … Go write something, go do something. And that’s easy to say. It’s hard to get movies made. It’s a huge luxury. Who gets to just make movies? But that subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, and it’s boring.”
Unfortunately, Variety unfairly used that quote to pass Stewart off as an establishment racist slamming those calling for more diversity at this year’s Oscars. The outlet’s spin led many on Twitter to nail Stewart to the cross.
Kristen Stewart can go eat a fat one. “Diversity is BORING.” Ol’ closeted racist bitch.
— Chris Douglas (@BrothaDoug) January 25, 2016
kristen stewart said discussing diversity is “boring” which is ironic because i can’t recall a movie of hers i’ve stayed awake through
— Alex English (@alex3nglish) January 26, 2016
Is Kristen Stewart mad at black people bc her ex man is in love with that cocoa?
— Cruella de Wig (@HeySheridan) January 26, 2016
While Variety has apologized for their mistake, Stewart will have to deal with their error for the foreseeable future. Her initial quote went viral, but the clarification from Variety has not. It’s an unfair painting of the actress, but a story we all know well in the digital age. Information is constantly being reshaped by news outlets to generate web traffic.
You can watch Stewart’s discussion on gender equality below.