[Blind Gossip] Is this young, pretty franchise actress racist or just insensitive and controlling?
A small group of people was gathered for a private party. When a song by a popular black artist (now deceased) came on, the actress went on a rant.
“OMG! Seriously? Seriously?! What the f*ck is this? I don’t want to listen to this disgusting ghetto music! Change it now!”
The room went silent as the rest of the guests stared at her – and at each other – shocked that she would say such a thing. The song was changed, per her demand, and the actress went back to drinking and partying. She may be pretty, but she was also pretty controlling and pretty tone-deaf to the mix of people in the room.
It’s Kristen Stewart! Source: BlindGossip.com
This event occurred in a hotel room. Someone put on a song by the late Tupac Shakur, and Kristen made the unfortunate “ghetto” comment. There were a few people in the room who weren’t as pale as Kristen (is anyone?), and they found the remark offensive. Nobody challenged her on it. They just changed the music and commented on it when she left the room.
That comment might just be a footnote if it wasn’t for another recent event that touches on the same topic.
Kristen Stewart recently dropped out as the lead on a film when the male lead was changed from Ben Affleck to Will Smith. From Vulture:
Ben Affleck got too busy to do the con artist romance Focus with Kristen Stewart. Now Will Smith is assuming the Affleck role, but “Stewart fell off with the feeling that the age difference between the two would be too large a gap,” Variety reports. (Smith is 44; Affleck is 40. Stewart is 23.)
By the way, Rupert Sanders, the director with whom Stewart had an affair, is 42. So, yes, the age excuse sounded flimsy. Perhaps is was just a chemistry thing, or she changed her mind about the role.
In any case, Stewart needs to tread carefully if she wants to avoid even the appearance of insensitivity to minorities in the future. In fact, if the chatter on this one doesn’t die down soon, you can expect that she will be pushed into a project with a black costar.
So, is Kristen Stewart racist? No. Insensitive? Sometimes. Controlling? Definitely!
Congratulations to AlabamaCrazy, who was first with the correct guess! And kudos to Julia, who picked up on the frequent use of the word “pretty” (four times). In Italian and Spanish, the word for pretty is Bella, which was Stewart’s character’s name in Twilight. Nice catch, Julia!