Does Kristen Stewart Need to Say Sorry to Everyone and Their Mother?

Unless you’ve been living on the moon, you’ve heard the bad news: Kristen Stewart cheated on Robert Pattinson. I don’t care about Twilight and couldn’t pick Rob-Pat out of a lineup of brooding manly boys, but I do care about this because I’m pretty surprised by Kristen’s very public apology and the stir it’s created among reasonable adults who write for respectable publications. “She just wanted forgiveness, so she asked for it,” Eleanor Barkhorn concludes in her otherwise coherent assessment in The Atlantic. Yikes, lady.

Maybe I’m alone on this one, but I don’t think she needs to apologize to anyone except her beloved Rob and maybe the family of Rupert Sanders, who sounds evil anyway. She’s 22! She has plenty of mistakes to go and like any twenty-something, she needs to make them. Yes, she is intensely scrutinized by the media and Rob’s rabid fans, but that’s the tradeoff when you’re making millions for being a good actress famous. I bet it’s embarrassing to slip up in front of the whole world, but then again, whatever – she’s 22 years old! She should be “deeply sorry” for breaking someone’s trust and maybe ruining a marriage, but apologizing to “everyone this has affected”? Come on. Personally, I’m a little offended by the whole thing. She’s young, she’s going to mess up, and even though she and Rob play eternal lovers bonded by blood lust or something in the talkies, it’s pretty unlikely they’ll be together forever.

So I just don’t see why it’s so laudable or even smart to make that kind of apology. Even if it’s impressive that she owned up to the fact so quickly, she’s not exposing the youth to something sexier or more awful than what they see in Twilight. She’s never tried to be a role model and this isn’t a LiLo-level offense. Basically, this just seems like a seriously weak PR rescue. Press is ramping up for the new movie (coming out in November! I’m just counting down the days over here. Not.) and there’s likely to be less fawning over the starry-eyed lovers now that their pure love is stained. The photos of Kristen and Rupert are out there, so there’s no backing into a lie. What option did Kristen and the army of publicists have except to craft a lame, overly theatrical apology? “Momentary indiscretion”? “I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” Yuck.

I’m not saying Kristen shouldn’t feel sorry; I just don’t think she needs to apologize to anyone out there who might be wasting their time freaking out about this right now on Twitter. The end.

Posted by Susannah

Image source TV Week

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