Jodie Foster pens essay defending Kristen Stewart, frames it as a ‘child star’ issue

Kristen Stewart

First off, I want to mention that I didn’t choose to use this photo of Kristen Stewart in the Reem Acra boob dress as any sort of “scarlet lady” reference. It’s just that there aren’t exactly any new KStew photos floating around lately (since she’s still largely in hiding), and I still do think that she looked completely lovely in this dress. Also, I hope that the recent news of Kristen Stewart being reportedly dropped from the SWATH sequel has more to do with money (as in, Kristen’s huge salary requirements) than any sort of reputation damage because it would really be a d-ck move if the studio canned the scorned woman and let douchebag Rupert Sanders keep making money from the franchise. Now onto the actual story.

Jodie Foster has penned an essay for the Daily Beast in the wake of the groping scandal, but while she defends Kristen, Jodie keeps the essay very general in terms of child stars and the pressures they face from both the media and the public. She makes no mention of Kristen getting it on with a married director, and Jodie also doesn’t make it a point to call out Rupert Sanders either. Still, Jodie makes a few valid points. After all, she herself rose to child-star fame in Taxi Driver, and Jodie worked with a 12-year-old Kristen very closely while they filmed Panic Room together. Certainly, Jodie’s intentions are good here, but she seems to be arriving at an erroneous conclusion that former child stars should be given a free pass and, as such, should be forgiven for shady moves that they make well after they reach adulthood. At age 22, Kristen is no longer a child star, and she (just like Rupert) surely knew that what happened in the back of that Mini Cooper (and likely elsewhere) was wrong. Apparently, Jodie doesn’t see it that way:

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On her own career: “I have been an actress since I was 3 years old, 46 years to date. I have no memories of a childhood outside the public eye. I am told people look to me as a success story. Often complete strangers approach me and ask, How have you stayed so normal, so well-adjusted, so private? I usually lie and say, ‘Just boring I guess.’ The truth is, like some curious radioactive mutant, I have invented my own gothic survival tools. I have fashioned rules to control the glaring eyes. Maybe I’ve organized my career choices to allow myself (and the ones I truly love) maximum personal dignity. In my era, through discipline and force of will, you could still manage to reach for a star-powered career and have the authenticity of a private life. Sure, you’d have to lose your spontaneity in the elaborate architecture. You’d have to learn to submerge beneath the foul air and breathe through a straw. But at least you could stand up and say, I will not willfully participate in my own exploitation. Not anymore. If I were a young actor or actress starting my career today in the new era of social media and its sanctioned hunting season, would I survive? Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost?”

She wouldn’t do it today: “I’ve said it before and I will say it again: if I were a young actor today I would quit before I started. If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don’t think I could survive it emotionally. I would only hope that someone who loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety. Sarah Tobias would never have danced before her rapists in The Accused. Clarice would never have shared the awful screaming of the lambs to Dr. Lecter. Another actress might surely have taken my place, opened her soul to create those characters, surrendered her vulnerabilities. But would she have survived the paparazzi peering into her windows, the online harassment, the public humiliations, without overdosing in a hotel room or sticking her face with needles until she became unrecognizable even to herself?”

On working with Kristen: “In 2001 I spent 5 months with Kristen Stewart on the set of Panic Room mostly holed up in a space the size of a Manhattan closet. We talked and laughed for hours, sharing spontaneous mysteries and venting our boredom. I grew to love that kid. She turned 11 during our shoot and on her birthday I organized a mariachi band to serenade her at the taco bar while she blew out her candles. She begrudgingly danced around a sombero with me but soon rushed off to grip and electric department’s basketball game. Her mother and I watched her jump around after the ball, hooting with every team basket. ‘She doesn’t want to be an actor when she grows up, does she?’ I asked. Her mom sighed. ‘Yes … unfortunately.’ We both smiled and shrugged with an ambivalence born from experience. ‘Can’t you talk her out of it?’ I offered. ‘Oh, I’ve tried. She loves it. She just loves it.’ More sighs. We watched her run around the court for a while, both of us silent, each thinking our own thoughts. I was pregnant at the time and found myself daydreaming of the child I might have soon. Would she be just like Kristen? All that beautiful talent and fearlessness … would she jump and dunk and make me so proud?”

On Kristen, post-scandal: “Cut to: Today … A beautiful young woman strides down the sidewalk alone, head down, hands drawn into fists. She’s walking fast, darting around huge men with black cameras thrusting at her mouth and chest. ‘Kristen, how do you feel?’ ‘Smile Kris!’ ‘Hey, hey, did you get her?’ ‘I got her. I got her!’ The young woman doesn’t cry. F–k no. She doesn’t look up. She’s learned. She keeps her head down, her shades on, fists in her pockets. Don’t speak. Don’t look. Don’t cry.”

[From Daily Beast]

Okay, I can see how this essay happened, for Jodie obviously adores Kristen and wants to add some kind words into the shuffle and hopefully mitigate some of the fallout that has been aimed at Kristen. However, she’s really framing the issue wrong. The venom aimed at Kristen has little to do with the fact that she is a very famous former child star at all. It’s got everything to do with the fact that she’s consistently coveted an attitude — and pretended to be above it all — while still boning her Hollywood director like a clichéd starlet. Also, Rupert is married with two kids, and yes, he is a total douche.

At the same time, it’s great that a prominent female is speaking up for Kristen. But I also find it problematic that she’s receiving support from Jodie, who isn’t exactly a great judge of character. Case in point: Jodie’s defense of KStew is unavoidably tainted by the fact that she’s also provided unwavering support for woman-beater Mel Gibson and child-rapist Roman Polanski. So yes … dilemma.

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  1. Talie says:

    I don’t think this had anything to do with giving child stars a free pass at all. She obviously just wanted to stick up for her friend and say that if your kid wants to do this business…try to say dissuade them.

    • lucky says:

      right, I also don’t think it is about a free pass- it is about understanding. We all need to take responsibility for our actions but sometimes when we understand more about a person and their back-story it takes some of the venom out of the situation. The ‘why’ doesn’t change what happened but it can help us find a shred of compassion and understanding perhaps for people who have had different experiences than us.

      • babythastarsshinebrite says:

        Understanding is key. & accepting consequences to your actions will make you a better person too.

      • TX Laney says:

        I agree with you. I don’t think she’s offering a free pass for anything. She is offering an insight into a situation that the general public cannot possibly understand. How can someone growing up in the spotlight surrounded by critics, fans, paps, yes-men, etc., ever expect to get out the life unscathed. She offers no excuses for Kristen in the situation but rather is a statement of sympathy and compassion. She is growing up. She could be like Lohan and blame everyone else. But no, she took the blame and is continuing to be publicly stoned. She made a bad move in the public apology yes, but nothing since. Let her be and let her figure out her life. It is her life to live and not ours. The girl at 22 may not be the girl at 28 or 30 or 40. Let her continue to grow up and not hold what she did at 22 against her when she is 30. Like her, hate her, have indifference towards her but for the love of god can the public shaming calm down.

      • Tiffany says:

        I think she is giving insight into the whole finger-throwing attitude that many dislike about Stewart. It isn’t that a hardened exterior is what she WANTS to be seen as, it is just the defense mechanism that comes about when you are surrounded by big angry men with cameras that try to invade your house, your clothing, etc.

      • ToastedSkin says:

        @TX Laney
        your comment is exactly what i’ve been thinking but didnt know how to put it into words. kudos.

    • Kate (from Canada) says:

      @TX Laney – well put!

      Nobody is perfect, we all make mistakes especially when we’re young. But hopefully she learns from this and becomes a better person for it. Everyone is so hard on this girl. Yep, she made a HUGE mistake but i’ve made HUGE ones too, but i had/have to live with them without the the whole world judging me.

  2. CTgirl says:

    Whatever. Still not an excuse for cheating with a married man and not really all that horrible a childhood, which her parents supported.

    • Phaedra says:

      +1

      Besides, she asked for someone to f**k her over:
      - “I can’t wait for something crazy to fucking happen to me,” Stewart, 22, told Elle in June. “I want someone to fuck me over!”

    • Kieslwoski says:

      Totally agree.

      ANd you can be an annnymous actor in the modern media age look at Philip Seymour Hoffman, LAura Linney to name a few.

      IF you are going to do a movie like the Twilight series which by the way Kristen desperately wanted to get you will be under the media glare.

      • LAK says:

        That is so unfair a comparison. Twilight whilst expected to do well wasn’t aiming for blockbuster status. It was an emo crowd pleaser. All the elements of it point to a small-medium range expectation if successful. The fact that it was such a success was a shocker and is reflected in what happened to the sequels.

        Harry Potter on the other hand was expected to be blockbuster and was packaged as such. Everyone on it was desperate to be a part of it.

        No one is dooor stepping the Harry Potter actors. Even Neville.

      • Roma says:

        @Neville: I would take a Neville over Kristen any day. And actually, you just made an excellent – though inadvertent – point: As Harry Potter, David Radcliffe skyrocketed to fame and has been mature and handled himself in a far better manner than KS. Even when he realized he had alcohol problems, he dealt with them pretty quietly. You never saw DR flipping the finger or dropping the F bomb in every one of his interviews.

      • LAK says:

        @Roma – who knew Neville would grow up to be so hot.

        To be fair, many of those HP child actors grew into surprisingly good looking actors. Neville. Draco. Ginny. even Cedric Diggory. I honestly didn’t think Robert Pattinson was a cute teenager. I still don’t. He looked like a different person in Twilight compared to HP. Much, Much better. That was quite a magic portion he took. LOL.

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        100% agreed with LAK.

        Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman are primarily character actors, too. And they’re also in their 40s. They’re more Jodie Foster’s generation and neither have been huge pinups. A better comparator would be Keanu Reeves, but he himself says he could never have had the kind of below-radar life he’s managed if he’d become famous in the internet age.

        Foster is making a good point, whether or not her track record is dire on celeb apologism, and whatever you think of KS.

    • jahna says:

      she’s not making excuses for her crappy behavior. She’s just pointing out from someone who’s been in the spotlight, that the level of scrutiny expected for celebrities today is impossible to navigate without it affecting people on some core level. It’s fun to gossip, that’s why I’m here, but she’s just reminding us to not be hypocritical assholes. lol

      • endlesscircles says:

        Boohoo, Jodie! Go cry in the millions upon millions of dollars you made from the career you lament as an exchange for your privacy. Do you have any idea what’s going on out here in the real world? Real people are struggling to make ends meet, and you’re complaining about paps snapping a public figure who is old enough to know right and wrong. This article is so ridiculous in light of real-world problems. And, for the record, Kristen Stewart wouldn’t have HER millions if it weren’t for the tabloids. They need her just as much as she needs them. No one forced either of you into your careers — you chose to act for a living. Get a grip, lady. You two are ACTRESSES; you’re not curing cancer.

      • LAK says:

        @Endlesscircle – Why is her opinion invalidated just because she lucked out and struck gold?? Do you know how many actors never make it? In the ‘real’ world you would be carted off to the nearest Psychiatric unit for insisting on a career that had a higher probability of failing than succeeding, which is always at the mercy of a capricious public. Most people never take the risk, preferring a steady income. Her risk paid off. being stalked by a bunch of grown men, isn’t acceptable especially when their excuse is that they are making money AKA ‘real’ public loves the pictures. When fans try to kill the president to impress you, that isn’t acceptable and no amount of $$$ can compensate.

      • endlesscircles says:

        @LAK – you’re missing the point of what I wrote. What I’m saying is that their monetary compensation is above and beyond (they’re richer than 99% of people on this planet and have access to just about anything they want, anytime they want) and should compensate for the negatives of the job, which includes less privacy. What I’m saying loud and clear to Jodie and her ilk (famous people who complain): deal with it and shut your ungrateful traps.

      • jaye says:

        @endlesscircles…I don’t think celebrities are being ungrateful when they desire to have a modicum of a private life. Yes, they do have to give up a large part of themselves and their lives as entertainers, but is it fair to expect them to quietly deal with the level of invasion that some of them endure? The paps don’t just photograph them, they STALK them. Camping out in front of their homes and their kids’ schools (which I think is just beyond the pale) Going through their garbage and hacking into their phones and computers. I don’t think anyone who takes that particular career path should have to make peace with, or “shut their ungrateful yaps” to that kind of invasion of privacy. I mean…I’d be lying if I said I didn’t envy them their financial security and level of success, but not so much that I can’t acknowledge that their are aspects of how they attained that financial security and success that are unpalatable.

  3. Jag says:

    As soon as I read the headline, I was going to come in here an say that her opinion means nothing to me due to the fact that she supports a child rapist. Your next to last line says it all, Bedhead, imo: “But I also find it problematic that she’s receiving support from Jodie, who isn’t exactly a great judge of character. Case in point: Jodie’s defense of KStew is unavoidably tainted by the fact that she’s also provided unwavering support for woman-beater Mel Gibson and child-rapist Roman Polanski.”

    • Elizabeth says:

      I agree. I love Jodie Foster as an actor, creative force, frequent wearer of Armani, etc. But I blows me away that she can defend people like Mel Gibson and Roman Polanski! Why does she defend people who make such horrendous choices and then don’t take responsibilty for it? I don’t get it.

      She doesn’t seem to want to have anyone (of her friends) to be held accountable.

    • Jenna says:

      That’s… pretty much where I am at myself. Jodie Foster can be an excellent actress. She might even be a completely spiffing person.

      But the day the person who strongly campaigned that the world was being unjustly ‘harsh’ and unfair to first a child rapist and a bigoted drunk comes out to defend ANYONE…

      all that happens is that new person gets instantly dropped into the category of people I wouldn’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole. (Ok. I tell a lie. Polanski I would touch with a 10-foot pole. Repeatedly and at a high rate of swing before tossing him into a bonfire. Call me an overemotional gal who carries her own baggage from her own past but child rapists have no reason to be breathing air better suited for actual humans with souls. He’s an evil sob and the day Foster signed that damn petition she proved herself to be, at best, an easily biddable moron and at worst – someone who is seriously sick and disgusting herself.) If she really wants to help her friend, she needs to shut up to the press and be a quiet ear if she still has that type of relationship. Going public is just… mindbendingly stupid, naive, and a whole bag of extra damage to the person she is trying to help.

      Because I’m sure that there is nothing that can shine up a recently tarnished reputation as a marriage wrecking twit who couldn’t keep her knickers away from a married man as being dropped into the same category as violent rapist of children (drugging someone IS violent. Trust me. I have the permanently screwed up heart valves to prove it from the engine cleaner cocktail that went into my OWN drink!) and a just all around violent drunk. I bet Kristin’s publicist is sitting in their office sobbing, empty tequila bottles surrounding them, blinds drawn, and wondering if it’s too late to join the family floral business back in Michigan and get the heck out of Hollywood and all it’s destructive nitwits.

      • Bonnie says:

        Initially I had no intention of responding to any of this but as I was reading through all of these posts, several thoughts came to mind. I don’t necessarily advocate the actions of Mel Gibson, Roman Polanski, or Kristen Stewart. Thankfully, I don’t HAVE to agree but more important, if I were to judge the actions of others without understanding the underlying circumstances, then I would be an unforgiving person, which is not what I choose for myself. The fact of the matter is that we ALL make mistakes…I think I may have “F”ed up more than anybody I know, but having unconditional support from those who truly care about me has played an instrumental role in allowing me to overcome my personal transgressions. I really don’t believe that Jodie Foster condones racism, child-rape, or infidelity (regardless of what may have reportedly occurred between she and her former partner, Cydney Bernard – it’s all hearsay from an unreliable and distorted media frenzy). The message I see Jodie Foster sending entails one of forgiveness and acceptance. I feel as though she is communicating the fact that good people do bad things. Her support for people such as MG, RP, and KS demonstrates unwavering loyalty, a trait that I feel is very admirable. Who doesn’t want/need to have someone like that in their life, especially during the darkest hour? Waning more spiritual, I suddenly respect Jodie Foster more than ever for lending her loyalty and friendship toward chastised individuals because for me it represents the true meaning of self-attainment. Although I am not entirely religious and rarely read the bible, I couldn’t help but compare Jodie Foster to Jesus apropos of standing by the underdog. Jesus embraced Lepers in an era when everyone else threw stones. Jesus also provided comfort and friendship to Mary Magdalen when everyone else chose to ostracize and refer to her as the town whore. Religion aside, I feel that Jodie Foster’s bravery in lending compassion toward the Hester Prynne’s of today demonstrates a remarkable character trait that all of us would benefit from espousing. Point blank: everyone is fallible – it is the one thing that makes us human and perhaps the single most universal truth apart from immortality.

        I’m also thinking that while celebrity and fame fascinates the public, this lifestyle seems to bring a great curse (much like winning the lottery.) To those with mundane lives and financial hardships, becoming infatuated with famous actors provides an effective means for escape. Too often, we begin to lust after the celebrities we admire so much to the extent that we feel violated in some way when we learn about their “wrong-doing”. I think we tend to hold Hollywood to a higher standard sometimes because as fans we expect perfection, but this all stems from a fantasy world that we live in when go to the movies. I think it’s imperative to remember that people living in the public eye are PEOPLE like you and I, which begs us to lend the same compassion we seek from others during a tenuous time. I understand that celebrities make “boocoos” of money and that perhaps the invasion of privacy is a tradeoff for living a charmed and luxurious lifestyle. However, the right to privacy is a civil right to the extent that policy makers have passed “The Privacy Act”. While the latter applies to healthcare, I think all of us would agree to having a desire to live a quiet, peaceful life free from ridicule. Nobody wants to absorb the hurt, which inevitably results after being the subject of idol gossip. Yes, consequences have actions, but at least you and I have the luxury of absorbing those consequences behind closed doors. Quite honestly, there was a time in my life (when I was much younger and more foolish) when I was so star-struck that I dreamed of being famous. Given my pipe dreams of the past there are times when I envy people like KS, whose dreams have come to fruition. However, as I sit here now, I feel grateful for the life I have, as mundane as it may seem, because honestly I would not survive one day in Hollywood as it is now. Knowing that, I can’t help but empathize and feel a bit of sadness for celebrities, who repeatedly encounter the challenges of finding normalcy.

        Well that was a real tangent. Please know that none of these words were meant toward you directly. I think I may have traveled into a world of preech-dome and I apologize if my tone sounded at all self-righteous or offensive.

        Thanks for listening :)

  4. Bo says:

    Her team has to stop playing the martyr card. It just makes it worse. Suck it up and grow up.
    Pattison has to do press junkets in this awkward situation. Liberty Ross has paps taking photos of her kids birthday party and we are meant to feel sorry for kristen who has been hiding since the scandal broke? Give me a break!

    • ToastedSkin says:

      so you want her to got out and be “the heartless b*tch who doesnt care that she wrecked people’s lives”. no matter what she does, people are gonna tear her apart for it. ffs if she was wearing a short skirt you know people would start saying stupid things like ‘omg look how short her skirt is, what a whore’.
      the smart thing is to just wait it out and not give anyone room to criticize and scrutinize her any more than she already did.

  5. Jaded says:

    I really don’t understand Jodie Foster – she has defended the most reprehensible people and totally overlooked criminal, misogynistic, anti-semitic and immoral behaviour. It’s like she’s willfully waving aside serious issues and seeing only goodness through rose-coloured spectacles. Very strange.

  6. meeloo says:

    You can take trash out of a trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of trash.

  7. TQB says:

    My immediate thought was “Nice, but, MEL GIBSON.”

    I think we can conclude that you’re only really lost in Hollywood if you CANNOT get Jodie Foster to publicly defend you.

    FWIW, I wish she hadn’t said anything about Polanski and Gibson, because here she actually has a point. Don’t forget that a wacko tried to kill the PRESIDENT for her. Her views on the pressures of growing up in the public eye are much more valid than her excuses for misogynists.

    ETA: not that a buy this as justification for boning married dudes.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Absolutely. I understand that she wants to defend the girl because she met her when she was 10/11 but I wish another famous woman would defend her also. Not because of what she did but because of how the public is acting. It’s ridiculous. My sympathy goes to the wife and Sparkles and usually it wouldn’t go to the cheaters at all but the Twihards and the public have done it. I feel a little bad for one of the cheaters. That is not cool.

      I have a suspicion that Jodie Foster would defend every single one of her famous friends every time, simply because she hates the gossips and the gossip readers that much. I understand it to a point but when you defend everyone, nobody will take you seriously anymore. It’s like she’s thinking “Whatever he/she did, YOU are horrible people so back off.”

    • BEBE says:

      Exactly. What do you have to do for Jodie Foster to NOT support you? Has Jodie Foster made a statement of support for OJ Simpson yet? I’ll have to check. Hey Jodie, how about talking about one of your famous friends that hasn’t done something morally or legally disgusting? Maybe someone that has recently donated to charity or saved a puppy from a burning building?

  8. Serena says:

    Jodie also defended Mel Gibson thats enough for me.

  9. Rachel says:

    There are child stars I feel sorry for. Britney Spears. And yes, even Lindsay Lohan. Kids who were used and abused by the people who were supposed to take care of them and watch out for them. People who battle the mental and emotional demons that grew out of their warped childhoods.

    This is not the case with Kristen Stewart. She’s just a spoiled brat who chose to cheat. It has nothing to do with being a child star. People do it everyday. She’s a dime a dozen.

  10. DANDILION says:

    Any adult theme actions the actors perform in movies would be considered cheating by any judge and jury.., and these actors have to demean themselves in awkward, cruel and immoral ways to get the part and dare hope for improvement of their character to make suggestion; forced to act or think in certain ways by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation, deny them support, big bucks, cut them off and say bad things about them.. Any producer.. director of the film should not take advantage of them, co hearse these actors to agree to sexual favors and get themselves drunk or doped up to perform other creepy things they don’t want.. because the heads of this industry have power to fire or keep them, change their roles for the better or worse.. get it now?

    • olcranky says:

      you seem to be saying that Stewart was not an active participant in any of this but that she’s been coerced and that she had to have this affair to maintain her career? I call BS on that. There are a lot of abuses in the entertainment industry but your casting of Stewart as a victim in this doesn’t make this situation the same.

    • Rachel says:

      Ummm, Kristen Stewart was a huge star after Twilight. She could demand whatever she wanted and get it. She didn’t need to sleep with anyone to get anywhere. She was already THERE. SWATH was Rupert Sanders first feature film. He was a nobody in Hollywood. He didn’t have to coerce her into doing anything.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      There’s emotional authority in his role as director, sure, and as an older guy with stacks more life experience, he was probably pretty well equipped to manipulate her. But let’s be clear here: she was the big star, along with Charlize. He was a guy who’d made some successful commercials. He wasn’t the one top in the Hollywood pecking order in this duo and it’s a bit daft to say otherwise.

  11. kanat13 says:

    Everyone saying “It’s not just her fault!” are right. It’s not. But it takes two to tango. It’s her fault and Mr. Sanders’ fault and the latter had far more to lose. She’s the face of a franchise either people love or despise, of *course* she’s going to get more attention than the Director. A + B = C

    Besides, no one will care in a year except Mr. Sanders’ kids. And wife, more than likely ex-wife. The people (fans) who were hanging on this Ms. Stewart’s every fart are the same ones saying, “Leave her alone!”. Bad news, good news, it’s all news. Sorry Charley/Charlotte.

    She’s an adult. She needs to act like one but she didn’t. It’s called “real world consequences”.

    • olcranky says:

      true

      also, I don’t see anyone giving Saunders a pass or claiming he is somehow a victim or unwitting participant in this affair. maybe Stewart and her fans should learn to let Stewart take her lumps and grow from them like the rest of us do

  12. RobN says:

    Poor little rich girl. Child actors don’t act without their parents approval; mom didn’t want her to be an actress? Don’t sign the permission slip. Stewart made horrible choices based on what she wanted to do and when she wanted to do it, it had nothing with having acted in a few films as a kid.

    Sleeping with the married boss doesn’t go over particularly well in any industry.

  13. Julie says:

    Jodie should do a movie with her two best friends

    Trampire and the Drinking Jewhater

  14. lori says:

    this idea that its not fair because ppl are watching them all the time is really starting to piss me off. Were all watched by neighbours friends co-workers etc all the time. You don’t want to be watched….go live on an island by yourself. problem solved.
    I had no problem with Jodi Foster until she worked with Roman Polanski and continued her support of Mel Gibson. She’s obviously a shit judge of character.

  15. JemJem says:

    “It’s SO HARD to be rich and famous!!! Boo Hoo Hoo!!!”

    STFU!

    • A says:

      this… if it’s so hard give the money away to some charity hide in some hole and STFU!!!

    • Quixotic says:

      ^^this! This is ridiculous!there are women out there working two jobs, supporting their children, and still can barely make it to the end of the moth with $5 in their bank account. Jodie Foster, next time you decide to go on a diatribe to defend and support women, make it count. Supporting another rich, privileged millionaire because they made adult choice and face adult consequences and public attention that is PART of the job they chose, is just amazingly out of touch with real life.

  16. Anonny says:

    Kristen Stewart is obviously being held to a double standard. He cheated on her throughout their relationship, and before anyone starts in on the “two wrongs…” chant, it is he who established their relationship pattern of cheating, early and often apparently.

      • ataylor says:

        Her ex, as in, Rob Patz.

        I thought most people were already familiar with this? It was pretty much an open secret all last year AND the year before. I’m amazed at how quickly THAT news was swept under the rug with this new KStew drama emerging.

        Rob Patz is no innocent victim in this love triangle (square?). The only truly innocent one is Liberty Ross.

    • marigold says:

      It’s another instance of her defenders making something up to absolve her of any wrongdoing. No one’s buying what you’re selling.

      • ataylor says:

        Absolve? No. KStew is a cheating ho. Then again, so is RPatz and so is that director guy. No one needs to “make up” anything. Where there is smoke, there is fire and the blogosphere was all over the RPatz is cheating stories since a year and a half ago BEFORE the KStew drama.

        Hell, they all bug me. I hate anything Twilight (not my demographic) and frankly think they all need to disappear into a deep dark hole, but one thing I like to be is fair and I refuse to dump all over KStew whilst lifting that RPatz guy to sainthood when it is completely undeserved.

    • mia girl says:

      I am trying to keep up with how some feel that Stewart getting it on with a married man = Pattinson’s fault.

      Possibility #1 – Pattinson is gay and their sexless showmance forced Kristen into the arms of a married man – in broad daylight

      #2 – Pattinson is not gay, and instead his alleged rampant (but never proven) hetero-cheating ways forced Kristen into the arms of a married man – in broad daylight.

      #3 – Pattinson is still not gay – is still a hetero slut and Kristen is asexual – until a real man came along, igniting her sexual fire and she was forced to succumb to the arms of a married man – in broad daylight.

      #4 – Pattinson is still not gay, and not a hetero-slut either, but a love-sick relationship-crazed puppy who put too much pressure on Stewart and forced her into the arms of a married man – in broad daylight.

      While there is the possibility that Pattinson is any one of those things, there is no getting around the FACT that Stewart was caught in the arms of a married man – in broad daylight… Her choice, her mistake, her fault.

    • Janet says:

      If you have any evidence whatever that Pattinson cheated on Stewart throughout their relationship, post the link. Otherwise, STHU. (Tabloid gossip does not count as proof so don’t post any links to any tabloids or gossip sites.)

      You sound as stupid as those insane Stewbots who are trying to blame her cheating on Liberty Sanders.

  17. Chatcat says:

    Oh no, I feel a letter to Jodie coming on. I am trying to fight the urges (take note KLewd and Ruppy). We’ll have to see if I can abstain.

  18. MeMyself says:

    I read this as comparing starting a career when Jodie did, and getting away with more, perhaps, and now, with all social media watching your every move, documenting and commenting on everything, however tiny. I don’t feel as if she was sticking up for Kirstin, just using her as an example of “prey” from the media of today.

  19. someone says:

    This is BS. The more I read abou this the more I want to defend w/Kristen Stewart (and i’m not a fan nor do i know her). Lainey Gossip’s got an article of exactly why: 1. The whole narrative for this is just a continuation of Hollywood & America’s already BS anti-woman sentiments.
    2. She’s not a child but she’s barely over the drinking age. He’s 41. When they started prepping for this movie she’d have been barely out of her teens. Think of it this way, he’s the university professor, she’s the junior in college. Who would you condemn more in that scenario? Becuase this is that exact scenario, with more money & attention involved.
    3. Talking about getting a pass; He’s the one married w/kids, but he’s not getting 1/4 of the flack she is. When people criticise the homewrecker & they’re not talking about the douche who cheated on his wife & kids & so therefore wrecked his own home, it’s absurd.

    • liz says:

      100% agree. I’ve never paid any attention to Kristin but now feel terrible for her. This amount of vitriole directed solely towards her and very little towards the old married man with children, reeks of a mysognistic double standard.

    • Dana M says:

      I think Ruppert is as much of a jerk as KStew. He was the married one who took vows. What an A$$. Sadly, KStew simply lacks a moral compass and is a disrespectful twit . All in all, two very selfish idiots regardless of age. These people didn’t care about consequences…to me, that’s stupid not to think of end results.

      I know several girls her age that have good morals and ethics that would never cheat with a married man. Young ladies her age CAN do the right thing and not revert to cheating with a married man to get the attention desired.

    • olcranky says:

      I see nobody giving him a pass at all. That said, nobody outside his family and their friends seems to know about him or care and, unlike Stewart’s fans, they have not taking to laying a mantle of victimhood on his shoulders.

      Since she knows full well how high her profile is, perhaps she should have been the one to insist on some discretion when engaging in their dalliances. She’s not an innocent victim and the he’s older and married doesn’t negate her responsibility or absolve her from her actions. . . her very public actions

    • Janet says:

      Oh for pete’s sake, even at the tender age of 22 most people have the ground rules down:

      1) You don’t cheat on your partner.

      2) You don’t screw a married guy with two children.

      3) If you’re going to cheat anyway, get a room!

    • Jordan says:

      My opinion on your (or Lainey’s) 3 points:
      1. You’re mixing issues. Issue A: Just b/c people are not saying that it’s okay for a woman to cheat does not mean they are anti-woman. Issue B:There are ways that the world, not just Hollywood, treats men and women differently and it’s not right. Making this affair the poster child for this issue belittles women who have actual grievances; it comes across as an excuse rather than a real problem.
      2. In the example you’ve given, both the student and professor would be at fault. The professor would probably lose their job and student probably kicked out of college (assuming she didn’t say he threatened her with failing if she didn’t put out) if made public. The difference in the scenarios is that the professor holds power over the student whereas Kristen is more powerful in HW than Ruppert (am I the only one who had no clue who he was until all this happened?)
      3. I’ve heard no one say let’s give him a pass, however, he was a previously unknown to the general public. Kristen is a household name so yeah, you’ll hear more people talk about her (just like any other HW star affair w/ basically a nobody -what was the name of the woman who Ashton cheated with again?).

    • Anna says:

      Please, someone EXPLAIN to me why some people defend Stewart’s actions for her age? I really don0t GET IT!!. So now, being young is the same for being idiot or amoral?

      Yes, she’s 22, so 35% of the World population of the world and guess what?

      *In countries like Syria or Afghanistan, girls at that age are raped and killed for fighting for equal and political rights
      *In Latin American and Africa, there are girls of that age who are mothers, and they try to raise their children for the best.
      *In USA, there are mature girls studying for a degree and even they suffered hostage for teachers… And even with that, they didn’t sleep with them.

      I agree for the “double standart” and Saunders is a d-bag, but Stewart isn’t a martyr or victim of this. She created this mess alongside Saunders and even her attitude prior the scandal was nasty enough…

  20. Amelia says:

    Eloquently put and she speaks a lot of sense – but it still doesn’t excuse Kristen for what she did. It’s maybe an interesting view on why she’s often so surly during promos and public outings, but the fact that you grew up with a load of telephoto lenses tracking you down doesn’t mould you into someone who would cheat on a partner imo.

  21. A says:

    Ummm…It’s not a child star issue it’s a sl*t issue. It’s I’m bored out of my mind with no real work to do, no exams to study for and too much money to spend issue..
    btw defending Mel Gibson and Roman Polanski says it all IMO

  22. LAK says:

    Before reading the highlights from the essay, it struck me that this ‘child star issues’ issue maybe valid, BUT has no one considered that Robert Pattinson himself was a child star? ok perhaps too long in the tooth to say he started as a child but he was a tween model before becoming a teen actor in Harry Potter before Vanity Fair [his scenes were cut]. the point being that even though intense stardom did not come until 20/21, he has also worked since he was young.

    On the flipside, if we are going to excuse the ones that implode, may i suggest we ask the ones like Daniel Radcliffe how they did it? It just seems like such a poor excuse.

    • Reece says:

      Daniel Radcliffe
      Emma Watson
      Natalie Portman
      Joseph Gordon Levitt
      Christian Bale (even with his “method”iness)
      Claire Danes She had shade thrown her way with Billy Crudup. Still she bore through and didn’t play a victim.

    • Mira says:

      @LAK – It’s not a poor excuse. You’re missing the point that Jodie is making. Bale said it best in one of his interviews that he would never let his child act before she can decide as an adult (21 years of age, not even 18) because this is an adult profession. Putting a child in this profession where adult decisions need to be made will screw up/damage any child’s world permanently. Yes, there are examples of child artists having made it out on the top without too much drama, including Bale himself, but it’s criminal to expect such kind of maturity in a teen/young adult. Even adults don’t behave well in this profession (or any other). How can we expect teens to behave like mature adults? With the internet era, all of them are equally screwed – adults and teens. We don’t want to even raise the issue of whether or not it is ethical of tabloid magazines to print pictures of two people making out? Isn’t that a violation of Stewart and Sanders privacy?

      Of course the celebrities are as much a part of this circus as the media and public are. Not point in blaming the latter. Celebrities believe that it’s important to sell their private lives in order to sell their movies. Everyone’s a part of this voyeuristic culture. I find it funny when actors like Craig, Hamm and Renner call the Kardashians f-cking idiots without understanding the popular culture as a whole. It’s as hypocritical of them as the public who regularly follow reality television.

      As the reading public, we think we are very smart in how we participate in the media culture. What we ultimately do is project our lives and get away with feeling better that we may not have the money these celebrities have, but we have the peace of mind which they lack. We fail to recognize that the biggest joke is on us – the consuming public. Calling Stewart names such a trampire is reflective of our so called intelligence. Who are we to call her these names? No one in all of this is a bigger joke than us – the “analyzing, intelligent, objective” public.

  23. oooowl says:

    The comments on this post are why Jodie wrote this article. The comments on most of the articles regarding this whole mess are the reason why Jodie is speaking up.

    Who needs Bella Swan and Twilight to set women back 50 years when most of the media are willing to do it?

    Kristen made a sh*t choice but the flaming that has been going around is so transparent and frustrating.

    I don’t stand by her decisions but i sure as heck won’t cast stones at her.

    • dianar says:

      Agreed. Sometimes it’s sad to see people stop thinking for themselves and join mob hunt. But at CB and even in this comment thread, I don’t see it. Everyone (almost) is rational here. But elsewhere on the net, there is this irrational witch hunt going on.

    • v says:

      @oooowl I agree.
      All the self-righteousness and name calling is gross and delusional to me.Maybe her past behaviour was off-putting to some but doesn’t justify such reaction.Entitled brat?Timberlake(a chronic cheater) and Fassbender yell at waiters,how should we call them?Oh right they’re hot,it’s fine.She should be asking for forgiveness only from the people involved.No one else.We don’t know these people yet we accuse them in the most absolute way.And I don’t use age or relationship status(a boyfriend can be as important) as an excuse.She made a bad decision(yes cheating sucks duh).We all do.We live and learn.It’s called growing up.And most 22 year olds who cheat never deal with such aftermath.It comes with the job but still irrational and disturbing.

      • Chatcat says:

        “And most 22 year olds who cheat never deal with such aftermath.” Well now, let’s just make sure we do not forget the fact that the 22 year old in this tale didn’t just cheat, she did it with a married man who is a father of two small children, whose wife she (the cheat) befriended on the set of the movie they ALL were working on, and even took the kiddies for ice cream during the filming.

        Bottom line they are two adults, she boned a married man, she is a public figure and so it is a very public event. Ruppy the philanderer, boned, and cheated at every emotional level on his wife and kids; with a public figure and so it is a very public event. Personally I find it disgusting that anybody is trying to defend either one of them especially using age as an excuse.

      • v says:

        “And I don’t use age or relationship status(a boyfriend can be as important) as an excuse.” I don’t.
        I’m not defending her actions(I thought I made that clear) I’m against this irrational reaction.Not a very popular stance around here I see…

      • Chatcat says:

        @v “She made a bad decision (yes cheating sucks duh).We all do.We live and learn.It’s called growing up.”
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        First off, that sounds like your excusing her “youth”. Not every young person makes such a bad decision as infidelity, other bad decisions yes, cheating with a married person while you yourself are in a committed relationship … that is double whammy of selfishness that is not based on age but on lack of decency and respect for anybody but themselves.

        Second, it’s a gossip website you know, folks come here to vent, spew, and chew on celebs as well as the topics that their behavior in the limelight generates.

      • v says:

        It’s not so much about youth as it is about progression.There’s growing up to do even in your forties and so on.How you deal with the aftermath sometimes is more important and defining.
        And yes what she did was selfish and cruel-but towards her (ex?) partner and the guy’s wife not us.And yes the public will judge only this time the venting is going too far(for my taste)for different reasons.Anyhoo…

      • Minimi says:

        I just say one thing: think about it if Rupert was your husband or your father, and Kristen was the woman that worked directly with you/or took you to eat an ice cream on a sunny day. That should make it easier to understand other opinions on her behavior. It’s called empathy.

        P.S. and no one is saying that the guy is not even more faulty, and i don’t think that (normal) people want to stone her or whatever. However they could stop now with the BS excuses for her behavior.

      • v says:

        The absurdity of the reactions means we’re past empathy.This is something else now.
        Being against this extreme bashing doesn’t mean I’m making excuses or I think cheating is fine.Wrote that already…

      • ToastedSkin says:

        @v you make an excellent point. the main reason people are completely blowing this out of proportion is because everyone already hated/had a negative opinion of Kstew before this whole thing.
        i’m almost certain that if it was anyone else, they wouldnt be getting this much shit.
        oh and also the twihards.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I won’t cast stones at her either as I am not without sin.

  24. dianar says:

    I completely agree with her.

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m not talking about right or wrong. But just like her, all this paps, social media, unreasonable coverage etc.. is just toxic compared to Jodie’s generation. However the new and upcoming stars know very well how to control this. Talent is just not enough, but public relations are too. And stars who cannot survive in this atmosphere Lindsay, Britney etc.. lose themselves searching only for materialistic aspects. I fully agree that as consumers, even we are also part of the crime.
    As long as gossip, tweeting, blogging etc., is innocent and snarky, it is just entertainment. But once people start taking morality into their hands and projecting their own issues and obsessively pursuing victims…. all hell breaks loose.

  25. EssJJay says:

    Im no twilight fan but somehow I really feel sorry for this girl (Kristen) and I guess, like me, Jodie probably feel “theres got to be something I can do to help”
    …well, unfortunately, the so called “girl” is now a WOMAN and as such has to take responsibility for her action, especially if that said action hurts other people. Yes, we know there’s apparently some kind of preasure on Child Stars but that preasure only tend to lead them to drugs and all other self-image-damaging-acts but NOT sleep with someone else’s partner/husband or hurting others. So Jodie, I will suggest you, and Kristen’s mum, do some serious “adult” talk with her, pull her away from the media into some charity works for the next year or so and coach her on how to keep her personal life “personal”.

  26. Jezi says:

    Jodi Foster defends anyone who is her friend. She disregards the level of wrong they do. Saying she is a child star that’s why she fucked a married man with kids, is giving a piss poor justification for the act. Sorry but KStew, Mel Gibson, Roman Polanski all deserve the hostility they get. Where is responsibility and accountability? No one does this in Hollywood.

  27. Loulou says:

    I adore Jodie Foster. Hers was the first movie I ever saw as a kid and she’s only 5 years older than I am. However, Jodie has a blind spot. Her heart has the purity of a child and she sees through benevolent eyes back at herself. Except she’s looking at Kristin Stewart who didn’t exactly consult or confide in Jodie before sleeping with her director. What I’m saying is that Stewart is not made of the same cloth as Foster. Point final.

  28. LoverlyWindows says:

    Lol. I find it very weird how emotional people are getting over this, as if these actors have done something personally offensive to them. We don’t know them, they don’t know us, and I doubt that they care for what we think. The fact that people are opting for Stewart being burned at the cross is in my opinion, disturbing.

  29. Eleonor says:

    Jodie Foster…defense attorney for every lost cause in Hollywood??

  30. Brown says:

    I don’t really see her as a child star. Panic room did not get her huge fame like Lohan, etc. Her fake came with Twilight and she was definitely old enough to know better.

  31. Jane says:

    >>However, she’s really framing the issue wrong. The venom aimed at Kristen has little to do with the fact that she is a very famous former child star at all.<<

    I think you hit the nail on the head with statement. I don't know if Jodie Foster is trying to make excuses for Kristen with this essay, but whatever her reason it is pretty clear that Jodie has a compulsion to make excuses for the bad behavior of others.

    There may be reasons for bad behavior, but trying to pretty up those reasons and turning them into excuses accomplishes nothing. Sometimes it is what it is and those involved just need to take responsibility for what they said and/or did. No long winded psychological meanderings that try to enlighten the rest of us of why someone acted badly.

    Kristen seemingly did not try to make excuses, at least nothing in writing and for that she gets lots of points. She acknowledged her behavior and issued a mea culpa blaming no one but herself. I also realize that she did this after photos were published in US magazine and I assume she felt like she had not choice. Actually, a very grown up thing to do, except she forgot about the other people involved in her mea culpa. The wife and children of her lover and her boyfriend. She did have a choice, she could have handled all this privately and been just as sorry about it private as she was in public. Or was she really sorry about the affair or just that she got caught?

    Her boyfriend can take care of himself and has undoubtedly gotten a lot of sympathy and attention. Granted, not the kind he wants, but he will survive and move on.

    The wife and kids are another subject and this is where Kristen screwed up big time. For all her sincere remorse, she evidently did not give one thought to how her public flogging would affect her lover's family.

    What excuse can Jodie come up with for that? I am sure she will think of something, but the damage is done.

  32. dorothy says:

    I’m not defending the papparazzi by any means, but anybody in show business knows that media speculation and scrutiny is the price of fame and money. If they did’t know that going in then they were wearing rose colored glasses. Deal with or get out of the business and get a real job.

  33. lucy2 says:

    I don’t blame her for wanting to support someone she cares about, but I also don’t buy that child stardom is an instant excuse for all bad adult actor behavior. Of course there are crazy pressures, but someone like Kristin grew up in the business, had the opportunity to walk away or work low profile, and she didn’t.

    If Jody had written this pre-scandal, in support of a young actor harassed by the media and paparazzi, then it would have had greater impact. Now, it sounds like excuses.

  34. ruby says:

    As soon as I saw the title I thought exactly what you outlined in the last paragraph – Jodie chooses the most undefendable people to support. I mean, Stewart’s being a child actor and having a difficult time – it makes her actions somewhat understandable. It doesn’t however make them right. She made an enormous and very stupid mistake, and yes she does deserve to be called out on it and she does deserve any fallout she gets.

    That disgusting man Rupert and she have destroyed a family and probably messed up two children. There is no excuse for that.

  35. sanna says:

    mel Gibson, Roman Polanski, KStew (though she obviously isn’t on the level of the previous scum)….Jodie sure has great friends.

    I’m tired of people acting like Kristen was just a poor young girl who got taken in by an older man with authority. PUH-LEASE. She’s 22, not 13.

    • Ali says:

      Tell that to people who were applauding Katie Holmes for leaving Tom even though she was 26 when they got together. The excuses ranged from she was so young to he swept her off her feet. Blah blah. The point is everyone makes mistakes but if people like you we will excuse you.

      • lucy2 says:

        I don’t know how comparable the 2 situations are though. Plenty of people questioned why Katie didn’t know what she was getting herself into at the time, but the other difference is that people aren’t so much applauding her for leaving Tom and correcting mistakes of youth, but for getting herself and her daughter away from a dangerous cult when she realized how bad it truly was. I think that situation is a lot more complicated.

  36. Reece says:

    The last paragraph says it all for me.

  37. renata says:

    Assuming that Stewart’s team was fully aware of Foster’s statement prior to its release, I would have to say another really bad P.R. move on their part. It so obviously, and so immediately places Stewart squarely with the Mel Gibson’s of the world that the image created by this move is just plain awful. In fact, I’m having difficulty believing just how poorly thought out this is. Stewart’s team desperately needs to learn the value of silence.

    I understand that in all likelihood Foster meant well, but having already recently stuck her neck out on Mel Gibson, this is really bad in more ways than I can begin to describe. Foster probably squandered whatever P.R. good will she had for the time being when extending such vocal support for Gibson. And it did Gibson no good anyway– that puppet movie she was trying to save (and had plenty of money invested in) failed in the wake of all the Gibson controversy. Her support translated into a big fat zero. Which kind of makes Stewart look like a loser here, since her best support now comes from someone who hasn’t shown much of a track record on this type of helping hand, anyway.

    By claiming her support now for Stewart, and in this manner, she seems to be implicitly floating the notion that Stew, like Gibson, is now “blackballed” in H-Wood, and is something of a “victim”. Were I a Hollywood exec all that would do is make me consider if I should also stop thinking of using her in a project where she was previously being considered. After all, Hollywood doesn’t generally cast people based on courageous convictions, they do so based on issues of finance and potential box office return.

    Not only that, since she failed with Gibson she already approaches this down in the count, so to speak. Worst of all, I don’t think I would have put Stewart’s unseemly behavior in the league of a drunken, raging anti-Semite but Foster has now managed to get me to think about both of those things in the same sentence — what good could that possibly do for Stewart?

    I know, someone will invariably point out the statement by Foster perhaps shouldn’t be equated with the Mel Gibson situation, and there is a fairness in that argument. But image is everything, and the image of Jodie Foster has recently become one of an actress, probably past her best career years, who now spends time pleading the case of losers the public clearly isn’t very fond of. How in the world does that help Stewart? The only plus I can see available here is that maybe, just maybe, you can walk away saying that at least Jodie Foster is a faithful friend. But that winds up helping Foster, not Stewie.

    I could go on, but this is a loser in so many ways that I’m just speechless! The only mildily positive thing towards Stewart that I take away from this is that if friends are talking her up in this manner, she probably is really hurting over all of this. That doesn’t leave me feeling sorry for her– it just makes me think she should take a very long vacation and spend some time growing up.

    • marie says:

      awesome, great post. completely agree..

    • RHONYC says:

      “…….I’m just speechless!”

      clearly. ;-) :lol: :-P

    • aquarius64 says:

      Excellent points. I think Jodie Foster means well, but I don’t think she helps Stewart in this essay. It looks like an I-was-a-Victim 2.0 argument. This time a childhood in Hollywood is the culprit. Something must be going through the HW grapevine that Stewart is dead woman walking career-wise, and she wants to help out someone she’s fond of. At least she’s showing loyalty; her other HW friends are silent during this mess. Taylor Lautner has thrown her under the bus with statements of his “disappointment” floating out there. (If they weren’t true, his team could have corrected the record.) Lautner’s distancing himself from her because he has been accused of being Stewart’s sidepiece under Pattinson’s watch. Any defense of her confirms the suspicion.

    • Chatcat says:

      Well Renata, you captured my POV of Jodie’s insertion into this saga … more harmful then helpful. And I’ve said it all along, KLewd has the WORST PR team bar none.

      Sure Jodie goes on about how she has kept herself out of the public eye, it has also succeeded in keeping her out of touch with reality! (well it is Hollywood so duh).

    • olcranky says:

      I’m not really sure Foster speaking out on this “issue” was helpful either – didn’t Foster’s long-term relationship end in the past 12 months with allegations that she cheated on her gf? If so, her support for Stewart seems a little self serving to boot

    • redsolesista says:

      (hands clapping) Thank you for your comment.

      Kristen Stewart seriously needs a new team. This does not help her. The first thought I had when I saw Jodi’s article on DB was Mel Gibson/Roman Polanski. It immediately made me resistance to anything she had to say on behalf of Kristen. Not saying my reaction is right or wrong, but it is what it is. A lot of people will have the same reaction, and therefore Jodi’s defense of her will not be beneficial to Kristen.

  38. Jodie to the rescue, again??Why?doesnt she have anything else to do..?

  39. mawla says:

    “It’s got everything to do with the fact that she’s consistently coveted an attitude — and pretended to be above it all — while still boning her Hollywood director like a clichéd starlet. Also, Rupert is married with two kids, and yes, he is a total douche.”

    well said – here,here

  40. Joyce says:

    Kristen is 22. She can trash hotel, pass out drunk, shave her head or have a sex tape as long as she doesn’t anyone but herself. She betrayed Rob and she has hurted a woman & her 2 innocent children. I know it’s not all her fault but she has to take her half of the responsibility.

    • judy says:

      Umm, she did take responsibility. She admitted it and apologized, the day after. Do you want monetary damages? Do you want her to break down and shave her head? Do you want her to wear a hair shirt and slink away? Do you want her to give up acting and go work for charity so that she seems suitably remorseful? FFS She took responsibility. Let it go.

  41. Anon says:

    I hope Ms Stewart reads the article from the Daily Beast. It is brimmed with common sense from a survivor. It is not if one falls, one will, it is how one gets up, dusts off and start all over again.

  42. bns says:

    This is the problem with Hollywood. Stars are coddeled and treated like children well into adulthood, and no one takes responsibility for their own f*ck ups. I understand why Jodie would sympathize with Kristen, being a child star herself, but there is no excuse for her behavior. She and that dirtbag director have no sympathy from me.

  43. GC says:

    Can’t imagine what it would be like to grow up surrounded by the fantasy of Hollywood. Yes, there is tons of privilege and access and money, but it does seem like unless you are really careful, you have to sell your soul to get the “prize.” I was very critical of Kristen at first for the very reasons Bedhead points out, but I’m starting to get a little irritated with this continual shaming of the girl. She blew it. She admitted it. She hasn’t Lohan’d the situation by coming out and blaming everyone else. She is taking her lumps, but this public crucifixion is going a little too far, IMO. I think some compassion is in order at this point. If my foolish and selfish mistakes made at 22 were put on display for the world to see (or any of ours for that matter), could we really say that we are that much “better’ than her? As for me – the answer is: NO.

  44. nina says:

    she didn’t say anything controversial here. All she’s saying is that to grow up and be a celebrity in this day and age can be very destructive to someone who is still learning about themselves.

    Fame’s a dangerous gift to have bestowed upon you, and some handle it and some don’t handle it well at all. Kristen it seemed was handling somewhat okay, and now it seems like she may have not managed it well at all.

  45. Anna says:

    Foster cheated on her longtime partner with a younger women of course she’ll defend Stewart.

    Kristen Stewar isn’t a victim but always portrays herself as such.

  46. cherryberry says:

    I think her childhood is to blame. Being 22 myself and having come perilously close to an affair with a married man, I realized that I hadn’t grown up with an understanding of the sanctity of marriage or relationships since my mother had never had a stable one.
    I take responsibility for my part and the thrills I got even though I knew it was wrong.
    But the guy was also a complete twat and knew far better than I did. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s probably something to do with not having a father present (subconsciously) and I suspect with Kristen perhaps some Freudian elements also come into play.

    Boundaries are being worn down so much today. Risqué turns to crude turns to xxx. As a young person I really do feel up against the world, morally. It doesn’t make it right, but where are the examples to follow? Where’s the mother Teresa of this day and age? The best we have is freaking Angelina homewrecker Jolie.

  47. MiMi says:

    Can we please give this young woman a break? The human brain isn’t even fully developed until age 25. The way I see it, she was taken advantaged of by a much older man, in a position of authority. Yes, she made some poor choices and she’s dealing with the fallout, but c’mon. Much more of the blame belongs with the first-time director, married middle-aged, fully matured man.

  48. Crystal says:

    Kristen should be up for canonization. She plays martyr so well.

    Jodie is the woman who also publicly and loudly defended Mel Gibson and Roman Polanski, so…

    I don’t disagree with her points about the media intrusion into celebrities lives and the paparazzi and all that. It’s a bitch and celebrities don’t sign away their right to privacy.

    However, it’s a bit much to be wah-wahing about Kristen (who hasn’t even so much as been seen since the scandal) when Liberty Ross has the paparazzi following her and taking pictures of her kid’s birthday party and Robert Pattinson has to do a press junket and answer questions nonstop about “the scandal”. Both are dealing with that the best they can and with class, but Kristen needs an article asking people to leave her alone?

    I just can’t with all the crying for Kristen. The people around her are such apologists, she will probably come out of this even more immature than when she went into it. Its not the media’s fault she thought it was cool to fuck around with a married father of two. She knew the wife. She was living with her boyfriend. He’s a director. It makes for a scandal and nobody is to blame but the two couldn’t keep it in their pants.

    There is no way she’s getting it any worse than Tiger Woods or Jesse James or any male in her position.

    I liked Kristen when she played Plank in Ed Edd n Eddy. Now I’m over her.

    Lip-Biter McGee, we hardly knew ye.

  49. Daniel says:

    First of all Jody has a habbit of sticking up for under dog friends like Mel Gibson, she’s loyal. I admire her for that.

    Second, there’s no excuse for Mel Gibson or Kristen Stewart. They’re both grown adults and know better. Period.

  50. sillyone says:

    I think they are both cheating assholes and neither one more guilty that the other, both were in committed relationships both cheated on significant others..Both cheating assholes. That is all.

  51. tooey says:

    This has probably already been said, but even a regular citizen in the suburbs cannot play the “respect my privacy” card after cheating on their spouse in broad daylight in the backseat of a car. They might stand a better chance of not getting caught, but once caught would be the talk and scorn of everyone they knew. If you’re going to cheat, pony up for a room and at least try to be discreet.

  52. Mae East says:

    @Bedhead: Don’t understand the phrase “coveted an attitude”. She wished she had someone else’s attitude?

  53. Hmmm says:

    Ye gods. This woman grew up sheltered from the real world. She vociferously supports perverts like Polanski and abusers like Gibson.
    And besides, how many pix did KS make as a child and I surely don’t remember her being a star.

    Bottomline : she cheated on her boyfriend, and with a married man. Nothing excuses that.

    I’m sick of this victim shit. I used to admire Jodie Foster, but she opened her mouth and shows herself to be an amoral ignoramus, the perfect Hollywood mouthpiece. She just keeps piling it on. Cry me a river.

  54. Black Pearl says:

    I didnt go thru the comments so I dont know if someone has said this: Jodie or what’s her face needs to shut the fuc!k up, I dont hate Kristen or anything and I believed it when she was acting like she was above all the hollywood sh!t, then she goes around and sleep with a married dude, she is d definition of Cliche.. I think we all need to shove our middle fingers down her throat as we’ve been forced to deal with hers for years.. That being said, I hope she bounces back career-wise as I would never wish failure on anyone.

  55. void says:

    Eh, I don’t hate Kristen. I’ve never slept with a married father but I’ve done my share of stupid, selfish things and I’ve learned from them and I’m no monster. She does have an immature, entitled attitude about her in interviews but from what I hear she’s actually an OK person and genuinely awkward. My ex was her co-star in Adventureland and he says she’s really not stuck up like she comes off in interviews, that she’s a pretty normal girl. I don’t condone her behavior because it really hurt some people and god, she should have known better. But I can’t hate her for it. If after some of the regrettable things I’ve done people demonized me and stopped seeing my humanity, I would have probably given up on myself. She just needs to learn and grow out of her immaturity finally.

    • Chatcat says:

      I don’t hate her either. I hate what she did and the excuses that are made for such behavior and I am expressing that here. I believe most on CB would simply state that the adage “reap what you sow” is what is happening … it’s just happening at length instead of simply being stated.

      • void says:

        In the long run she is going to benefit from this ass-kicking, because if she has any character at all it’s going to really open her eyes and make her a much better person. I hate what she did too, and hopefully she is genuinely growing to hate it too, rather than just the fact that she got caught.

  56. Ashley says:

    Jodie also would never make it today’s celebrity world because she is gay. The media would be hounding her.

  57. Ginger says:

    At the very least, I admire Jodie Foster for defending those she cares about, even if it’s the unpopular, non “pc” stance. There are people I care about in this world who have made some big mistakes, heck, I’ve made some big mistakes; but I too, refuse to crucify considering there are always reasons and circumstances. Is what Kristen Stewart did right? No, but she’s 22 years old, four years out of high school people! I’m in my forties and still figuring things out and doing the best I can do with what I have at that moment…I cannot come down on this girl for being half my age and making a mistake! Even when we are wrong, we still need people willing to swim against the stream and stand in our corner simply because they love us.

  58. scorellini says:

    I think the whole point of Jodie’s article is that yes despite the fact that Kristen made a really terrible mistake, she deserves to be able to make those mistakes without being hounded about it by the public at large Many, many people make those mistakes at that age, and don’t have to suffer the wrath of an entire fandom and nation.

    Yes, Kristen is a star and makes lots of money and she knew what she was getting into, but that does not mean she has to give us access to everything, or that she should not have any expectation of privacy.

    The article basically said “Look, it’s tough being a child star and growing up in the spotlight and being a piece of meat for the paparazzi, so let the kid make her dumb mistakes, learn from them, and move on without turning her into a jezebel.” Point well taken.

    • Crystal says:

      I can see that point, I really can. But here’s what I hate about celebrities (even some of my favourite actresses/singers):

      Celebs only care about the media being negative if it involves them or they are told to care about it.

      People with privilege (money) can have problems, they also have the privilege of being able to pay money to deal with those issues e.g. therapy, getting an education etc etc. They have the freedom of not having to worry about debt, about bills, about rent, about food, about a job, about not having a job etc.

      So when they fuck up and do things that could have been avoided people have less sympathy because they don’t understand why someone who has so many opportunities would chose to fuck it all up unless they have mental health problems or are going through serious trauma.

      They can actively make the decision to step away from certain roles because you know that you will become too famous but most of them don’t do that (Kristen with Twilight). They want the money, the fame and the awards. They just seem to think that all those millions of people that they want to show up to their films are not going to have an opinion on them.

      Celebrities also have the option and the power of taking a stand and refusing to always have to play the game, they have a part in this too, when they release public apologies for private situations, when they invite people into their home to help promote a movie, when they use a dark incident in their past to try and win themselves an Oscar etc etc etc.

      Celebs only dislike fame when they can’t control it, when it is negative, when all the best outfits and the best movies can’t get them out of the drama. They just hide away and play victim/martyr.

      Complain to your friends and family, NOT the press because that just invites more scrutiny, be gracious and be smart with the media and how much you give away.
      If you want to be private, be private but don’t also then want to be on the cover of every fashion magazine and get a perfume promotion deal for no reason other than to sell yourself.

    • nina says:

      word. That’s exactly it. She’s gonna do some dumb shit, even maybe some amazingly dumb shit, and while she’s open to criticism, this total need for torched earth judgement is so 1928.

  59. apsutter says:

    Yes, because being a child star totally leads to cheating on your boyfriend with a married man who has kids. I literally could not be rolling my eyes at Jodie’s statement anymore than I already am. It seems like she is always defending the wrong kind of people, am I right?

  60. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Memo from Jodie to Kristin:

    Yo Snow,
    Go and Ho No more.

  61. Deva says:

    K-Stew did a terrible thing. But 22 is still a baby. Roop sucks.

    • Anna says:

      Sorry for repeat this message Deva:

      Please EXPLAIN to me: Why some people defend Stewart’s actions for her age? I really don0t GET IT!!. So now, being young is the same for being idiot or amoral?

      She’s 22, she had responsabilities and she knew was right and wrong. Being YOUNG isn’t an excuse for making terrible and amoral things. So now, 22 is being a child? I didn’t know that.

      • Keekee says:

        No but the fact that Rupert sanders is married with two kids and 41 years old means he should be taking more blame than anyone. She was the first to come out and confess. She put herself in the line of fire. Now she might lose her boyfriend. But Rupert he gets his wife and kids back and no body says shit to him. Well guess what? If he doesn’t get critiqued by enough people than he will cheat again. Because he’s gonna think. Hey I can do this and not get in trouble because they are all gonna attack the other chick. What if she wasn’t in relationship didn’t know he was married at all? Would you blame her then? Judging by today’s people and way of thinking they would still blame the woman. Kristen Stewart was wrong. But Rupert sanders is more to blame. He has more responsibilities more people to think about he’s been married for 19 years and has two children. Liberty Ross needs to kick his ass for cheating then Kristen needs to kick his ass for messing with her then letting her take the bullet with out saying word. Then Robert needs to kick his ass for messing with his girlfriend

  62. Cidee says:

    Oh Shut the F Up, Jodi. Who asked you, anyhow? I’ve always thought of her as extremely self-important. And overrated as an actress (the knitted brow AGAIN?).

    That said….I think everyone needs to take a break from the KStew bashing and move on. She did a shitty thing. She is (and should be) paying for it. but seriously, no one was murdered.

  63. Isabella Notarfrancesco says:

    So she “made love” to a married man and broke the rules of her supposedly monogamous relationship. I wonder how many of you were so perfect when you were 22 that your behavior could’ve stood up to the kind of intense scrutiny that people like Stewart are put under.

    • Anna says:

      I hate to describe myself, but I do that:

      -I was drunk ONCE and yes, after that I had a terrible time with the hangover. After that, I control myself
      -I didn’t have a relationship with a married man
      -I pay my taxes
      -At the age of 14, I had my boyfriend. My relationship lasts for 5 years -I’m 24-

      Again, I don’t say i’m perfect, but don’t use this argument as criticism. I really think both are guilty and deserve the rejection.

      • Isabella Notarfrancesco says:

        You’ve led a very sheltered life.

      • kanat13 says:

        Agree with this. I love how people use the excuse of “She’s young!” as a catch all. Young != dumb. Naive perhaps but it doesn’t take a theoretical physicist to figure out, “Sneaking around with married man in broad daylight. Probably not a good idea.”

        And I’m with you. I’m 27. I’m married to my HS sweetheart. It has not been easy or tough or “sheltered”. It’s called I’m lucky and mature enough to deal with certain situations.

  64. mimi says:

    This is looking more and more like a PR thing.

    Kirsten is promoting a film that is supposed to completely change her image, get her into naked, dirty and “adult” territory, where she is shown in racy sex scenes.

    Robert has a new film coming out and thanks to the “scandal” he is on every talk show and magazines.

    Jodie seems to be saying: give me a break over things I messed up, since I was a child-star.

    KS was never a child star. She is in her 20s.

    Jodie was the one who was a child star, and perhaps is looking for people to be more understanding and excusing her own choices/ mistakes…

  65. mila says:

    Jodie is being ridiculous, she defended Gibson and Polanski. Seriously if she wants to help Kristen she needs to keep her mouth shut and let this blow over. Everything will be forgotten in a few months. I am just tired of people defending this girl like she is really so innocent. And the child star thing, common, young actors and actresses from Harry Potter franchise, Hunger games are not going around and acting like idiots. Jennifer Lawrence is in Hunger Games and X-Men. I don’t see her being stupid like this. She cheated with a director, whose wife played her mother in a movie. The whole thing is gross on a whole new level. Oh and The director Rupert, he is special kind of douche. Hope his wife get all his money and live him on the street. Edit: Just to add, Kristen should fire her PR team and managers. She needs to hire people who know how to deal with this backlash.

  66. Carolyn says:

    Dear Jodie

    You’re a really great actress and are very well-respected. Massive respect from me because you have more talent in your big toe than most other actresses kicking around today.

    Being a child star is unfathomable to me and I can’t relate to the pressures. Particularly your pressures. Playing a prostitute at such a young age. Having a psycho shoot President Reagan to “impress” you. I’m 41 and remember that incident very clearly and it is still shocking. Not sure how that affected you.

    I really liked Panic Room purely because of the obvious bond between you and Kristen. That role is still one of Kristen’s best.

    I get that you may feel protective towards Kristen and can’t hate on you for it. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion (those commenting here on Celebitchy sure like to have their say) and you’ve simply expressed yours very publicly.

    Regards.

  67. Oh Please says:

    “It’s got everything to do with the fact that she’s consistently coveted an attitude …”

    No, it’s got to do with the fact that millions of moronic teens and dumb old ladies want to bone the vacant slab of concrete she cheated on. If Sparkles had been doing the cheating they’d be blaming it on her just the same.

  68. bubbles says:

    WAWAWAWA! oh my god, I’m so sick of these self-righteous people. nobody forced you to become “famous”. yeah, right, you life is sooo hard and you are the poor victim. Let’s face it, you step in front of a camera and pretend to be somebody else, hardly saving lives or contributing to society. (unless you are Angelina Jolie who actually uses her status to give back)hey, newsflash, it comes with the territory. you don’t like it, get out. move to wisconsin and raise pigs on a farm.

  69. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Mixed reaction to this – not the Kristen part weirdly, I don’t see what Jodi saying she was a nice kid and has suffered too much scrutiny has to do with her married dude shenanigans. Jodi Foster is an actress I respect, but the tone of this is weird to me. Is she implying that actresses are now punished for taking on brave roles like Clarice or the rape victim in the Accused?( *sorry forget character’s name). I don’t see Charlize Theron or Hilary Swank being punished or scrutinized for the parts they play, they are given Oscars. Yes the scrutiny is way more intense than when she was young, but again this is a woman who played a child prostitute when she was a child, and “inspired” a lunatic stalker to shoot a President – she kind of glosses over how these very media intense moments must have informed her life, and in fact seems to have done whatever she wanted regardless of what must have been a very strange and unsettling chldhood in some respects. I presume she had a mother who wasn’t a Lohan-esque pimp, who took care of her child, as it seems did Kristen Stewart. I don’t dispute that many child actors are given a shoddy chance at growing up normal, but Kristen is not a Lohan. Kristen is smart and (seemingly) has her head screwed on. I think Jodi just has a rescue complex, she is obviously a loyal and cool chick. I don’t know, this confuses me.

    • darla says:

      she’s saying if she had to deal with the intense scrutiny and intrusion that accompanies fame todya, she would have quit. She would have never won the oscars she did, for pretty memorable movies and female characters. I think all she’s saying is that this is not a healthy situation for any person growing up, where they are so intensely scrutinized. I don’t see her justifying her actions or apologizing for them. Just asking people to humanize the situation more instead of treating it like sport.

      • Mrs.Darcy says:

        Yes but she WAS intensely scrutinized,it feels like she is downplaying how messed up her own backstory is/not giving herself enough credit in some weird way. And sorry but any actor going into the business nowadays knows it comes with the territory. Is it nice or fair? Not really, but Kristen has had time to adjust to the Twilight insanity, it’s been a few years now and she is an almost grown woman. If she found it that demoralizing or soul destroying she has more than enough money to retire. I totally disagree with the studio dropping her from the Snow White sequel, I can only imagine they will do the same with the director (Rupert – am I the only one who keeps picturing Steve Martin in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Rupret!), or else they will look like complete bullying sexist pigs. I think they have done her a big favor in that tides of sympathy may now swing back in her direction.

  70. dj says:

    Jodi Foster is speaking from the pov of (probably) only knowing these people/KS on a set for a set period of time. For example, KS knew her as an 11 year old for five months. The general public only knows KS from her movies, photos, interviews and now behavior. Now we could view her as a 22 yr old with far too much money and attention making 22 yr old mistakes or a little cheating b**** with a bad attitude and poor social skills. Either way I am so glad I made my 22 yr old mistakes without youtube and cell phone cameras. Holy cow!

  71. Jennifer12 says:

    Jodie Foster needs to stop making excuses for people. Yes, Kristen was an innocent child once. Yes, the paps are generally rotten people who should back up and have some respect. However, Kristen was an adult who cheated on her boyfriend while wearing his clothing (that to me says they’re serious; you don’t wear someone’s clothing unless you’re close to them)and with a married man whose wife she was friendly with and whose children she took out for ice cream and to the park. She was a child star, sure. She was one with a stable home life. She also cheated on her former boyfriend, which seemed like a mistake of youth; genuine youth, a teenager. What she did was cruel and thoughtless and while she shouldn’t be stoned, she deserves the backlash she is getting. She is not an innocent. If she had a regular life, she’d be out of college and praying for a paying job. Instead, she makes millions for being rude to everyone, as though her job was just so incredibly difficult. She is a brat who kept talking about wanting to get f–ked over because it would be so cool. How about helping out in a third world country (I bet the women of Sudan would humble her) or in an inner city neighborhood (read “Breaking Night” and tell me how hard you have it)? No, you act out by sleeping with the husband of someone who trusts you, with the father of the kids you were allowed to take out. Is Rupert dirt? Of course; that goes without saying. He’s just not really famous and his wife is (justifiably) dragging him through the mud and his career has taken a huge hit. But Jodie Foster is not defending him, she’s defending Kristen. What she did was horrendous and wrong and I bet she won’t ask to get f–ked over for some time.

  72. Quinn says:

    I don’t see how Kristen is playing the ‘victim’ or ‘martyr’ as so many here accuse her of doing. She has done the exact opposite by publicly owning her behaviour with an apology and no excuses, and has made no appearance since.

    • Kimbob says:

      @Quinn, I really like and agree w/what you just stated. I believe the website TMZ said right after Kristen went public w/her apology & assumption of responsibility, TMZ said they couldn’t believe Kristen was so “stupid” to do such.

      I was dumbfounded, to say the least. I dunno, call me crazy, but if I make a mistake, I try to assume responsibility for such, and “come clean.” My impression of how Kristen handled this situation is that she came CLEAN with it, she admitted to what she did, said she was sorry & extremely regretful, expressed sorrow & remorse & publicly proclaimed her love for RP. I actually don’t know WHAT ELSE SHE COULD HAVE DONE to shoulder blame for her actions…I really don’t. Other than her not doing such in the first place…..but we’re all human….we make mistakes every now & then.

      What Kristen did was wrong….obviously. But again, what more should she do? In my eyes, she’s done all SHE CAN. And yes, she’s been keeping a low profile since, which I think is the best thing to do right now.

      As far as Jodie Foster’s “defense essay”….I’m not surprised. Obviously Jodie likes to go to bat for an underdog…this is so obvious…and EXPECTED. Do I agree w/her? No. I think her “essay” was/is WAY TOO EMOTIONAL & FROTHY. I think her words & description of situations/events/what-not in her essay are way too emotional, dramatic, over-the-top….but hey, she’s an ACTOR…that’s what they do & how they go about things.

  73. MrsBPitt says:

    I find it ironic that Jodie is talking about how stars these days cannot walk down the street without a million cameras in their face, how stars today are stalked and hounded, and yet, Kstew and her married lover, meet OUT IN PUBLIC, where any stalking pap can take a picture of them…they must be the stupidest two people in Hollywood!

  74. Janet says:

    Check out that bitchface in the top photo. That face would probably work better than Raid.

  75. Dirty Martini says:

    its not that I’m pro cheating. It is that I think way too much has been public about this scandal Kristin is a very young woman who made a mistake. She is accountable for her actions. But you want to know who is even MORE accountable? The markedly older director who was married, who cheated on his wife, and who took advantage of his position of authority.

    Its not that I’m cutting Kristin slack for her part. it is that if I’m assigning blame–which I shouldnt it simply isn’t my place, I’m not a party of participant in this public drama–it looks more 60/40 to me.

    And candidly–none of it is my concern or my responsibility. And I’m not sure I have a right to cmment either.

    Which I just did.

    I just think this is something everyone should move on from.

    Carry on.

  76. erika says:

    Damn Brilliant. Lovely n’ gutsy Jodie.

    I wasn’t actually thinking of Kirsten S. at all in reading this or afterthought…
    to me it read about a conflict that all, if not most women, mostly younger (teens-late 20s) face today.

    ***And that ‘conflict’ is not bopping w/ a married man, it’s just…the intangible angst of being a woman in these times.****

    Does that make sense to any of you ladies reading? it reads to me. God damn it reads to me! I haven’t come to any conclusion re: the great Kstew affair, it’s not really that i care that much but this lil essay is DEF worth saving for future reads.

    Pass it on to daughters and friends!

    cool Jodie! ?kichee mae, kichee mai ya” or whatever you said in the movie Nell!!!

  77. sheri says:

    I know this is weird, but I find this so fitting. I have always gotten the Jodie Foster, unknown sexuality young person thing from Kristen Stewart. She is a young Foster. Who knows, she’s probably gay and trying to figure it out.

  78. KayC says:

    Too much of what you are told you have to do, before you realize you have a say in what you actually have to do and are actually a person that has a choice.

  79. anya says:

    If R-patz cheated on K-stew I can’t see it being such a big deal. People need to get over it

  80. muppet_barbershop says:

    Crud. I really wish Jodie had kept her mouth shut if she felt helpful toward Kristen. I adore Jodie but I know she’s out of touch with everything except her own viewpoint.

    I agree with previous comments: Jodie doesn’t seem to be suggesting that Kristen be given a free pass for anything. She is trying to say something broad and relatively complex within the context of the current Escandalo Grande. I do think (unlike this site’s respectable author, whose work I like very much, don’t get me wrong) that Kristen’s so-called “act” is too multifaceted to be an act, unless she were much more brilliant than she is; and that Kristen is in fact a high-strung, sensitive person who carries a sizable amount of stress and pain. Whether or not we think she has a right to be that way is irrelevant, for the sake of this particular argument.

    If Jodie was attempting to explain how one’s judgment can occasionally fall short under very specific long-term high-pressure circumstances, I think that sounds reasonable. I just wish Jodie had written it better — or better still, talked to Kristen about how Kristen could go forward speaking for herself about it. But no.

  81. jwoolman says:

    Jodie is just pointing out that people are more complex than the tabloid stories. I can understand her defense of Polanski and Gibson. Neither case is as clear cut as some would like it to be.

    Maybe Jodie is too dismissive of cheating because she’s been a cheater herself. Maybe she wants to believe that other pressures made Kristen do it somehow. Maybe she used similar excuses to justify her own cheating. Yes, Kristen is more than the tabloid representation of her. But Kristen did what she did with a guy she knew was married with children, and all evidence points to long-term deceit relative to her interaction with her allegedly significant other and her co-cheater’s wife and kids. Too bad that she’s famous enough to have to deal with the aftermath in the tabloids, but in private she had better figure out why she did all that. That doesn’t seem related to any pressures on her from paps or child actor trauma, although I do wonder if she wanted to get caught. Kristen and Rob managed to keep things pretty private for several years – her apology was apparently the first definite public confirmation that they were in a real relationship. But at the same time, she was playing on the side for quite a while with what’s his name. Something was wrong in her world, although that’s no excuse for helping a guy destroy his family. She still seemed so self-focused in that apology- she was aware that she broke her relationship with Rob, and she wanted that to go back to normal. But there wasn’t any clear evidence that she understood the seriousness of her role in the devastation in store for the other guy’s wife and kids and how his and his family’s world was changed forever. I don’t want her to feel unredeemable, but she has a lot of work to do. She may eventually see that getting caught in public was a better wakeup call than perhaps getting caught privately would have been, makes it harder to ignore. And better to get that call younger than older.

  82. yoyo says:

    That’s the kiss of death right there when Jodi Foster who defends raging alcoholic antesemite wife abusers and pedophile rapists feels like you need defending! That means you have really fallen into the gutter which publicly fooling with a married man, father to children that you know is indeed that: the gutter. Congratulations Kstew you made it to the big time of sleazyness.

  83. analena says:

    Nobody has the right to judge Kristen! None of us know the reasons for her actions! She doesn’t owe us explanations or excuses! Besides, she has already apologized once! WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT??? Why are you so afraid that Robert will return to her and continue to love her? Because that’s why you’re so aggressive!Pattinson is not the last man on the planet and Kristen has the best preconditions to find the one who will love and respect her, even if Robert doesn’t want her any more.