Tabloids run amok with rumors about Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: Six months ago, most tabloids were devoid of Twilight stories, leaving fans bereft of juicy news and jonesing for a fix. Yet, in recent weeks, Twilight coverage in tabloid mags has returned with a biting vengeance—this time with headlines so ludicrous that savvy fans are speaking out.
Though most readers have come to expect some exaggeration from gossip rags, recent headlines have been so outlandish as to find some complaining that it’s been taken too far. The field day that ensued after the “Kristen is pregnant” joke on Oprah was expected (unsurprisingly, OK Magazine ran that very headline as a cover). Maybe Rob kind of asked for it, with that one. But what about all the others?
Recently criticized claims have come in two forms: the excessively misleading headline and the highly speculative claim. The former is exemplified in this week’s headline of OK Magazine, which reads “Exclusive: Rob’s Marriage Proposal”. A quick glance at the article itself clearly shows that no formal proposal ever happened. Rather, the magazine reports a monologue from Rob made in front of “Eclipse” cast and crew in which Rob made a broad swathing statement that he’d like to marry Kristen at some point in the future. If this were even true, it would be quite a stretch to call such an episode a proposal. Proposals tend to include rings, getting down on one knee, and requesting an answer from the proposee. Even OK Magazine admits that it included none of those.
Other licentious rumors include US Weekly’s unnamed “source” who gave the lone play-by-play of an “Eclipse” set argument between Kristen and Rob. The details were questionable to begin with and despite references to dozens of eye witnesses, it wasn’t independently corroborated anywhere else.
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