Tuesday, August 21, 2012

No, It's Not Okay To Call Kristen Stewart A "Trampire"

We've been avoiding most of the gossip about the drama surrounding Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson's relationship and her affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. Obviously we think that cheating is wrong, but we don't really feel the need to pile on and join in on the judging and shaming of Stewart for something that's really none of our business in the first place.

Of course, not everyone sees it the way we do. Some Twilight fans reacted to the news in such a melodramatic and over the top way you would have thought that Stewart had cheated on them. Predictably, many of them went straight for the slut-shaming, like one blog post we read that called Stewart a "dirty whore" about ten times in a few short paragraphs.  There were also gems like "Frankly, Snow White shouldn't be played by a known slut." And now a t-shirt site is trying to turn slut-shaming into profit with "Kristen Stewart is a Trampire" shirts.

Skreened via DailyFill

First we have to say that even leaving the slut-shaming aspect aside for a second, we're offended by the super basic and ugly design of these shirts. We can't imagine anyone actually wanting to buy one of these even if the slogan was creative or funny, which it isn't.

We understand some of Stewart's fans being disappointed or even angry with her for what she did. She made a mistake. But that doesn't give anyone a free pass to degrade her with sexist language, or to judge her way more harshly than the married man she cheated with. (Which means it's also not cool to drop her from an upcoming movie project while leaving him attached.) Kristen Stewart is not a slut or a whore or a tramp - she's a young woman who fucked up and now has to deal with the consequences in a very public way. And if you call Kristen Stewart a slut or a whore or a tramp, you're not funny or clever or better than her - you're just judgmental and sexist.

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