Twilight’s Kristen Stewart: biting the hand that feeds her?
By Kim Palacios
HollywoodNews.com: Kstew got bad press over Memorial Day weekend after flipping the bird to paparazzi from the balcony of a Sydney hotel. Bracing her cigarette carefully between strategically flattened lips, she freed both hands long enough to double the gesture. This behavior is no surprise to attentive fans who have been watching Kristen’s increasing hostility toward the paparazzi (which she has voiced more strongly than ever before in recent interviews with magazines including Flaunt and Elle). While fans agree that privacy should be her right and that the paparazzi would do well to treat all celebs more decently, the bird-flipping incident has some saying that this time Kristen’s taken things too far.
Wrote opinion editor Tim Brunero of Australian news site news.com.au, “If you’re Kristen Stewart and you arrive in Sydney, a city ready to welcome you with open arms, it means you swear at photographers.” He makes a good point. Though Kristen continually asserts that her public reactions are too-harshly judged and misconstrued, it seems obvious what she meant when she gave the press not one, but both, middle fingers.
Still, the staunchest Kristen supporters have much to say in the star’s defense. Many blame the paparazzi for pushing her too far; others ask why Kristen should be the one to play fair when the paps don’t; others express pity at the inability of one so young to cope with such overwhelming attention.
Yet there is another group that says, for all the money she makes and career-building exposure she gains by remaining in the media spotlight, she should suck it up and figure out how to bear her fame with a bit more grace.
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