Is Kristen Stewart the first starlet in history to apologize publicly– not only to her partner, Robert Pattison but to the entire USA– for an affair? Was the tough-cookie Twilight star driven to such extremes via Tweet torture?
Is Robert Pattison still speaking to her? headlines ask breathlessly. The wrath of Twilight fans has been raging online and the mainstream media has gleefully jumped onboard. Pattison– whose tragically handsome Edwardian face seems carved out to portray noble suffering– has inspired a frenzied reaction among his fans.
But today’s media needs no push to pile on a ‘fallen woman.’ In a much different arena with a much different young woman, a frenzy of cruel close-ups was aimed at gymnast Jordyn Wieber this same week. When she failed to place as one of the top two US gymnists, the TV screen and the papers the next day were filled with Jordyn in tears, her hands covering her face, only her perky ponytail showing.
Later, Jordyn earned glowing ‘comeback’ coverage as her team won Gold. No such public redemption awaits the already heartily hated Stewart. Of course infidelity is a much different public ‘fall’ than missing the top gymnist cut by a few points. However deserving Kristen Stewart’s downfall may be and however undeservingly Jordyn suffered, both Jordyn and Kristin have been spotlit in cruel close-ups.
And does anyone ‘deserve’ to have their lowest moments nationally broadcast? As Jordyn sobbed uncontrollably, the TV camera remained on her even as the voiceover piously informed the viewers that ‘we won’t talk to Jordyn right now.’ But as the network cut to a commercial, the same voice assured us, “We’ll be right back with her reaction.”
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