‘Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something... it’s boring’
Kristen Stewart weighed in on Hollywood’s gender inequality problem at Sundance this week – calling the subject “boring”, and urging people to “stop complaining” and “do something” about it.
Speaking to Variety magazine, the Twilight actress expressed her views on the debate, which has been widely discussed since Jennifer Lawrence wrote an essay on it last year.
“Like in any business that's so old, it's going to have a somewhat narrow view,” Stewart said. “It's hard for me to speak to that, because, it's awkward. I'm so fucking lucky and so stimulated and driven, like not bored, and I have something in front of me all the time. It sounds weird for me to sit around and be like, ‘It's not fair!’ Guys make more money because their movies make more money. Let's start making more movies. It makes sense.”
Considering women still get paid a fraction of the fee for the exact same movies (Gillian Anderson was controversially offered half the pay of David Duchovny for the new X-Files series), it doesn’t really make any sense. Especially when you look at how much women-focused features have been smashing it at the box office in the last few years.
“My mom was a painter,” Stewart continued. “She was a script supervisor as well. So when she wasn’t working, she was always making something. Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something. And you know, that's easy for me to say. Like fuck, it's hard to get movies made. It's a huge luxury. Who gets to just make movies? That subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, it's boring.”
Since making the comments, social media has been flooded with criticism towards the actress – with many dismissing her views as uninformed and ignorant. After all, she seems to be implying that those who are underrepresented just aren’t being “driven” enough, which is a little problematic. Luck and opportunity will always trump talent and motivation, so things really aren’t as simple as that.
That said, these are the sort of remarks that are easy to misconstrue – especially if you’ve been asked the same question a million times before. And ultimately, Stewart’s intentions are probably very good, but she just may not have expressed them properly. Watch the full interview below to see for yourself:
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