The media has been in a tizzy over the #OscarsSoWhite campaign happening all over the Internet. You can’t blame us, though, because it’s an important issue that needs constant attention in order for change to take place. Also, it’s just been a real glut of foot-in-mouth situations since the nominations were announced earlier this month. So when news came that Kristen Stewart had said something not-great, it seemed like just another case of someone talented saying something stupid. Only it wasn’t: it was Variety misleading the public as to the context of Stewart’s words.
Variety had posted a brief clip of an interview with Stewart at Sundance, headlined something like “Kristen Stewart Speaks on Diversity in Hollywood,” and excerpting the following text:
“Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something. Go write something, go do something.” “And that’s easy to say,” she continued. “Like, fuck, 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.”
Variety has since corrected its error, stating that it was due to a shortened clip being provided to the poor, lowly blogger who was responsible for mistaking the context of Stewart’s statements.
Watch the clip here. In the context of the question asked, Stewart’s statements — as well as her mannerisms — are nowhere near as appalling as the original headline/story made them out to be. She even refers to herself as “so fucking lucky,” before urging other women to go out and try to create their own projects.