Kristen Stewart Apologizes For Her Rape Comments

Continues to promote The Twilight Saga: Eclipse overseas

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.

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  1. Michelle

    I think part of the problem is that the word “rape” has become part of the everyday vernacular for teens and yound adults across the country. It’s become synonymous with “that’s gay”. I think she truely didn’t mean to offend anyone with that comment, like she said she just wasn’t thinking when she said it. People use those terms, in reference to everyday situations that have nothing to do with being homosexual or being raped. While the choice of words is offensive to those who have personal ties with them, I think the problem is that we’ve let this kind of wording into our everyday language. I cannot imagine the horrific crime that is to be raped nor am I gay, however I can see how those words can hurt someone who is or has had that happen to them. I think we as a society should be more sensitive to the jargon that we put out into mainstream.

  2. Laure75

    I agree. She made a mistake, fixed it, let’s move on.
    People are always watching like hawks, picking on every little comment and trying to make it into something huge. I’m sure she is truly feeling bad about it and didn’t mean it to be offensive at all. Let’s leave it at that, no one is perfect all the time!

  3. Laure75

    Actually, maybe this is a good thing for her. Maybe now she will stop throwing pity parties for herself in interviews and realize some people have to cope with much, much worse…

  4. Denise

    Some people say when their house is robbed that it feels like being raped. And I understand what they mean – that it is a violation of your personal space and humiliating. I believe that is what she meant when she said that about the paparazzi. I guess rape is too strong a word to describe a feeling, but I probably would have used her same choice of words if I were in her shoes or had a similar feeling of being violated.

  5. Mela

    I have to agree with Michelle that the word “rape” is becoming too much of a buzz word for youth these days. Its really as uncomfortable for me to hear someone playing an online game reference the word when they win as a synonym for the word “beat” as it is for me to hear a child call another child a “retard”. I don’t think people should EVER refer to anything being “like” rape in any way because there is just nothing to compare it to. “Violated” is a much safer word and obviously if she could go back in time she would have used it. It sucks that she had to be so slapped in the face about it, but she’s a good example to make in my opinion.

  6. g

    As soon as I read her comment in ELLE, I thought “shits gonna hit the fan” but the good news is…she owned up to it. Kudos. It sucks when you have word vomit…it sucks even more when you have word vomit for a major magazine.

  7. roxster

    Taylor Lautner can rock a suit almost as well as NPH. . . .

  8. Jessica

    Honestly, I’m sick and tired of hearing kristen stewart constantly complain about fame. When you are an actress, you risk becoming hugely popular and getting mobbed by paparazzi. and, in terms of her choice of words, so out of line and not remotely appropriate, but everyone does make mistakes and at least she’s acknowledging it.

  9. truthyisalways

    I am actually really sick of living in a world with a news cycle of mere seconds so that one small thing in the context of a larger statement gets twisted. I read the whole quote and I think that the way it’s been blown up is so distorted and unfair. When she was about to serve time Martha Stewart said that alot of good people go to prison such as Ghandi and her quote was twisted to that headlines read, Martha thinks she’s Ghandi. MStew doesn’t think she’s Ghandi and KStew doesn’t think getting photographed is like getting raped. Read the whole quote. In fact, anyone who posted the stinkin’ headline also gave the extended quote. I read it and thought, oh, bored bloggers push misleading headline, and forgot about it.

    This is the worst part of the internet neverending blabber and the need for fresh shocking material–a world that I am so guilty of participating in. I feel really bad for KStew.

    It sucks to live in a world where everyone is reading, but no one is thinking.

  10. @manda

    I agree with @Denise. I think that’s exactly what she was implying, but she was misquoted by the media and social networks.

  11. nicole

    Taylor kinda looks like a Ken doll in that one pic…

  12. Gina

    I think people are so hyper sensitive and take everything personaly when it has nothing to do with Kristen intentionally insulting a rape victim. I think being stalked by the media and having them take pictures up your skirt is incredibly similar to being raped. Just because your famous doesn’t make you public property, having your picture taken at events and things your promoting is one thing but for photographers to sit outside your house IS being stalked.

  13. Tiffany

    She is such an untalented actress and she’s definitely in the wrong profession if she doesn’t want hyped-up attention. She made the decision to get papped once she stepped into the Hollywood scene.

    Her comments are also irresponisble but then again, most of them aren’t little nuggets anyways.

  14. Amanda

    @Gina

    “I think being stalked by the media and having them take pictures up your skirt is incredibly similar to being raped.”

    INCREDIBLY SIMILAR?! Wow, you think so? Thank god for you you have NO IDEA what it’s actually like then, I’m sure millions of women around the world wish it was as simple as someone catching a glimpse of your panties. You are honestly an idiot.

  15. geana

    amanda i couldnt agree with you more.

  16. @manda

    @Gina – paps sticking their camera in a woman’s crotch is pretty violating and disgusting and should be stopped, but unfortunately it’s something that isn’t going to go away because of the idiot girls who didn’t wear underwear (Britney, Paris, Lindsey, etc).

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