Kristen Stewart: Open mouth, insert foot

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You know how some people have a talent for opening their mouth and immediately sticking a foot in it?

Meet Kristen Stewart.

Of course, unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past couple of years you already know her. The 20-year-old perpetually standoffish actress is the star of series of small films dubbed “Twilight.”

Anyway, Kristen has a propensity for acting shy and aloof in public, which can frequently be interpreted as a general snootiness and a certain sense of entitlement. At least that’s what I assumed about her after seeing her – along with co-star Taylor Lautner – introduce this montage at the 2010 Academy Awards:

I’ve always thought myself a pretty good judge of character, and I think I can discern the difference between someone who’s nervous about something and someone who just doesn’t want to be there.

But then I saw the “Eclipse” cast on “Oprah” a few weeks ago and started to think that well, maybe Kristen really is just “shy,” as Oprah says in this clip:

Yet now, once again, I’m wondering about Kristen as quotes from an interview she did with Elle (the British version) have surfaced. In the article, Kristen discusses her feelings about the nonstop, relentless media attention she attracts:

“What you don’t see are the cameras shoved in my face and the bizarre intrusive questions being asked,” she says, “or the people falling over themselves, screaming and taunting to get a reaction . The photos are so… I feel like I’m looking at someone being raped.”

<cringe>

She’s talking about the paparazzi, obviously. And while the average person can’t relate to her feelings, we’ve heard numerous other celebrities complain about the exact same thing. So it’s not exactly hard to imagine. But comparing it to being raped is more than a stretch.

In fact, I’d say her comparison is pretty insulting to women who have actually been raped. Perhaps if Kristen was a bit older and wiser, she might have better understood the delicacy of what she was saying and instead used the word “violated.” Almost the same meaning, it would certainly get her point across but is far from controversial.

You can read a selection of Elle’s interview with Kristen right here. The rest is available, of course, only on newsstands. In the meantime, here’s a video from her photo shoot:

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