Kristen Stewart is doing a bit of apologetic back-peddling today as she issues an apology statement in regards to comments that she made in a new British Elle magazine interview where she compared being photographed by the paparazzi to being raped. Stewart started her day promoting her new film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in Seoul, South Korea with her BFF and co-star Taylor Lautner but she spent the rest of her day doing damage control over her irresponsible rape comments … so, yeah, it was a pretty bizzy Thursday for K. Stew. Here are photos from the Eclipse press conference in Seoul and the deets about her apology:
No sooner did excerpts from July’s British Elle make their way to the Internet on Wednesday than the blogosphere exploded in outrage. In an offending quote, Twilight saga star Kristen Stewart compared paparazzi photos of herself to images of a woman being raped. Almost immediately, everyone from fans to spokespeople for rape victims’ advocacy organizations were publicly criticizing the actress. “I really made an enormous mistake – clearly and obviously,” Stewart, currently in Korea to promote the new installment of the Twilight series Eclipse, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “And I’m really sorry about my choice of words.” Stewart, 20, is not known as one to mince words. “I’ve made stupid remarks before, and I’ve always reasoned: ‘Whatever. They can think what they want,’ ” she says. But in this instance, the Los Angeles-born actress feels compelled to address the situation. ” ‘Violated’ definitely would have been a better way of expressing the thought,” she notes.
On the one hand, I can understand why many folks were offended by Kristen‘s comments … comparing being photographed to being violently raped was a huge misstep on her part. That being said, the girl is still very young and we are all well aware of her awkwardness in interviews. I, for one, never took her comments seriously … then again, I can’t possibly understand what her comments might’ve meant to people who have truly been violated by rape. I think it was the right thing to do for her to issue a public apology quickly … I’m very sure she understands her mistake and is sorry for it. I know I like to poke a bit of fun at Kristen Stewart (mainly because she is a young celeb and that’s kinda what I like to do) but I have to commend her for speaking up and acknowledging her mistake in this instance. Here’s hoping she will, from here on out, be more aware of the things that come out of her mouth and how her words may effect others.