Forget Kristen Stewart. What About Rupert Sanders’ Role in the Affair?
If you haven’t been keeping up with the l’affaire Kristen Stewart, let me get you up to speed: the young and beautiful star of Twilight had been dating the other young and beautiful star of Twilight (Robert Pattinson) for, probably, the last three or four years, until very recently when Stewart started having an affair with Rupert Sanders, the director of the film she she starred in Snow White and the Huntsman (which came out in June). The news broke in July and pretty immediately after the initial wave of media coverage, Stewart issued a pretty stark, public, and impressive apology: ”This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”
The reason I know all of this is because the media frenzy, focused almost exclusively on Stewart, is inescapable. Just the other day, Jodie Foster, Stewart’s former co-star in Panic Room, stepped in over at The Daily Beast to say enough already, leave Kristen Stewart alone!
To which I say, amen.
Stewart is a young girl in her twenties. Young people in their twenties make mistake, especially when it comes to serious relationships, which we are just learning to have in these formative years of young adulthood. Stewart made a mistake and bravely apologized–can’t she move on with her life?
This isn’t to deny that what she did was seriously wrong, but the fall out from it is falling disproportionately on the young actress, whose career is already suffering setbacks because of it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart has been dropped from any sequel that may emerge from Snow White and the Huntsman:
The move comes in the wake of Stewart, 22, and the married Sanders, 41, apologizing publicly for a romantic affair after compromising photos of the duo were published in July. (Stewart was dating her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson.) While it might have been awkward for Stewart and Sanders to reunite for a sequel, it is not clear why the decision to move forward without Stewart was made.
It is highly unusual for Hollywood studios to drop stars of franchises between the first and second installments. The original plan, according to sources, was to make two films featuring the Snow White character and a third film spinning off the Huntsman, similar to how Fox’s X-Men series has spun off Wolverine.
Meanwhile, no one is talking about Sanders, who likely will return as the director of the movie.
According to TMZ, the 22-year-old Stewart is “furious” that she’s taking the blame for the affair. I would be too! Sanders, 41, is an older married man who has children and was in a position of authority over Stewart as her director. Why isn’t he bearing any of the public weight of the affair? Is this just another instance of the double standard in our culture when it comes not only to sex, but also to our media, which judges women far more harshly than men? It would seem so.