I’m not the only one who took offense at Stewart’s remarks. A reporter for Fox411.com reached out to Katherine Hull, a spokesperson for the Rape and Incest National Network (R.A.I.N.N), who was not too pleased with Stewart’s comments.
“Kristen Stewart’s comments are regrettable. Portraying a rape survivor in the film Speak should have led her to use a more appropriate metaphor to describe the intrusive nature of the paparazzi. Rape is more than an intrusion, it’s a violent crime, that causes serious long term mental health effects for victims.”
“Kristen Stewart equating her experience of the paparazzi with rape is like comparing a needle to a knife,” Neil Irwin, Executive Director of the Men Can Stop Rape Organization, said. “While there is a connection – both involve a loss of control … Out of respect for these survivors, we would suggest using a more appropriate word, like ‘violation.’”
This is the difference. Stewart suffers a terrible violation of her privacy when she is hounded by photographers. Yes, she is an actress, and she is responsible for her own fame, at least to a certain extent. It’s clear that she isn’t Heidi Montag; she doesn’t actively court the spotlight, and thus I’m sure she truly feels harassed.. But to compare it to rape is going way too far.
Thankfully, KStew realized she’d taken her complaints too far, and she released an apology:
“I really made an enormous mistake – clearly and obviously,” KStew told People magazine. “And I’m really sorry about my choice of words… I’ve made stupid remarks before, and I’ve always reasoned: ‘Whatever. They can think what they want’… ‘Violated’ definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought.”
As she said herself, Kristen is not one to issue empty apologies. But the fact that she saw the error of her ways doesn’t make up for the fact that she took her complaints way too far.
Kristen, next time you feel the urge to complain about fame, here’s a little piece of advice. Bite your tongue.
Yes, it’s that simple. No one’s forcing you to answer all of these questions; therefore you shouldn’t feel compelled to complain and make these ridiculous statements. Everyone already knows you want to be left alone. You made your position very clear a long time ago, so just can it. When someone asks you about fame, Robert, paparazzi, whatever: if you don’t like the question, don’t answer it. And maybe, just maybe, even try to enjoy this incredible life you’re leading. It’s the farthest thing from rape.
Kathryn H. Cusimano is an assistant editor at BettyConfidential.