A lot of actors are commenting on how the Oscars are severely lacking in the diversity department yet again this year. Kristen Stewart, as it turns out, is not one of them.
The actress recently gave an interview to Variety in which she begged actors to “stop complaining” and “go do something.”
In an earlier Web version of the said interview, the American entertainment magazine reported her comments in a way that suggested she was referring to diversity issues. But it wasn’t nearly the case.
As it later turned out, Stewart was in fact addressing the subject of gender equality in Hollywood — and how it bores her.
“And I have something in front of me all the time, so it sounds weird for me to sit around and be like, ‘It’s not fair,’” the Twilight star said. “And it’s like, guys make more money because their movies make more money. Let’s start making more movies. It makes sense.”
In a subtle response to celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence who have spoken out about gender pay gap in the past, Stewart added if people feel there’s a “lack of something,” they should do something about it instead of just sitting around.
“My mom’s an artist, she’s a painter, she’s a script supervisor as well so like, when she wasn’t working she was making something,” Stewart said. “She was never bored. It’s like, you know, instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something. Go write something, do something.”
As if her remarks on gender equality weren’t already terribly confusing — leaving many people wondering if she is for or against it — Variety made them even more complicated and, eventually, controversial by initially reporting them as her views on racial diversity in the entertainment industry.
Understandably, social media was ablaze with criticism for Stewart:
Kristen Stewart can barely make a facial expression so she has some nerve telling POC filmmakers to “do something.”— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 25, 2016
Lol fuck Kristen Stewart. She thinks PoC in the industry don't do shit to combat a racist industry? Essentially calling us "lazy."— TRIBELORD (@RoyDaRappah) January 25, 2016
So, Kristen Stewart calls Hollywood "disgustingly sexist" but tells POC to "do something other than complaining" about diversity issues? Ugh— Jay Thomas (@ThisJayThomas) January 25, 2016
kristen stewart switched from girlfriend material to racist uncle at a holiday party real quick— anti colonial(is)t (@motherjohnmisty) January 25, 2016
Kristen Stewart is such a typical wp assuming that POC don't create enough of anything deserving of awards. pic.twitter.com/i2xP6QiFdf— Eddie. (@AmbitiousIntro) January 26, 2016
Realizing the blunder after a couple of hours, Variety published a correction, clarifying Stewart’s views were misreported: “Comments made in a videotaped interview Monday with actress Kristen Stewart about gender equality in Hollywood at the Sundance Film Festival were erroneously labeled on Variety.com in a way that suggested she was addressing issues pertaining to diversity. Variety regrets the error and apologizes for any confusion.”
It didn’t help though.
Now people are just bashing Stewart for suggesting that gender equality is boring:
There seems to be misunderstanding that Kristen Stewart's comments were referring to POC. But she was just being good old sexist.— Feminist Killjoy (@TheFemKilljoy) January 26, 2016
When Kristen Stewart tells women do something instead of sitting around and complaining, does she mean bang a director and ruin a marriage?— Warren Holstein (@WarrenHolstein) January 26, 2016
If Kristen Stewart thinks women in general aren't doing enough, we can probably guess what she thinks about poc.— KB (@KaraRBrown) January 26, 2016
LOLs at Variety stating that Kristen Stewart referenced gender equality not diversity. Either way, her comment makes no goddamned sense. 😂😂— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) January 26, 2016