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Robert Pattinson And Kristen Stewart: Media Driven Scandal Abhors A Vacuum

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson at the Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2012 after Pattinson's film Cosmopolis had just screened

And so it begins. The avalanche of sources claiming to have the “inside scoop” on how Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart “got back together.”

While US Weekly and People arepresently trumpeting the “exclusive news” Elaine Lui at Lainey Gossipbroke over a week ago, some say it’s early days for reconciliation talk, while others maintain the couple’s “reunion” may well be a professional arrangement to smooth and even boost upcoming promo for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Whether Pattinson and Stewart do go on to build a workable future together or, for that matter, whether they actually split up in the first place are the wider questions. But it’s unlikely that anyone who works for a media outlet has the answers.

The truth is no-one but Pattinson and Stewart (and those they trust) knows what’s going on between them. But if Pattinson’s departure from his Los Feliz home and later interviews during a press blitz for Cosmopolis proved anything, it’s that after US Weekly’s bombshell “cheat” story Pattinson (and his team) locked down to wait out the storm until it passed.

Now it appears it has.

But not before two months of the media largely dumping sole blame on Stewart for a dual lapse of judgment on her part and that of Snow White and The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. But if Pattinson and Stewart are reconciled, it also exposes the fact that most of the media’s coverage since July 24 can — at the very least — be described as unmitigated fiction.

From initial, incorrect claims in the New York Post that Stewart first told Pattinson about Sanders at the Teen Choice Awards; toRadar Online’s ‘reports’ about Stewart’s “second affair” with Welcome to the Rileys producer Giovanni Agnelli; florid tales of “not showering” and hysterical texting; Pattinson eyeing Kate Upton, Katy Perry, Rihanna and the rest of the blah; it’s clear that when Cosmopolis director David Cronenberg told HLN’sShowbiz Tonight, “people think they know what’s going on but they don’t really know” — he was right on the money.

Yet bottom feeding reporting that scarcely deserves the name journalism is hardly new. Nearly every outlet that ran stories about the ‘scandal’ based them on unattributed sources that were — and are — nothing more than constructs. These were then repeated by countless outlets in order to stay ahead or keep up with a story they had no control over.

Ridiculous conspiracy theories aside, from the start the ‘scandal’ was hyped to death because that’s what entertainment media does. While Stewart and Sanders’ abject apologies shouldn’t be whitewashed into revisionism, the question remains: Is their public excoriation freedom of speech or just sanctioned schadenfreude?

In these cynical times when a greater proportion of the public knows how tabloid media operates, it is surprising that more questions about the context of those photographs were not asked.

Few outlets have broached the clear anomalies in how thosephotos entered the public domain for one simple reason: Most tabloid outlets — and many non-tabloids — benefit from paparazzi and/or private investigator sourced content either directly or second-hand.

As the recent furore over Kate Middleton’s topless photographs ably demonstrates, all is fair when the prize is getting the dirt on celebrities and public figures. How quickly the somber lessons of Princess Diana’s death in 1997 have been forgotten. Effectively hunted through the streets of Paris, Diana died at the age of 36 because paparazzo who, in turn, sell their wares to media outlets, wanted their money shot.

Whether Pattinson and Stewart can — or want — to rebuild trust and a future together is their business. But they will remain fodder for tabloids who won’t relish the prospect of them moving past what is probably the greatest test to their relationship so far. Drama and crisis are the lifeblood of gossip media, responsible fact-checking or just a simple ‘we don’t know any more than you do‘ — not so much.

And for the uninitiated? Hillsborough, Shirley Sherrod, Max Mosley, Amanda Knox and the plethora of abuses heard at the UK’s recent Leveson Inquiry into media ethics, culture and practices may serve as reminders of what can happen when a story is shaped beyond all recognition with the truth.

To forget that, is to remember nothing.

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49 Responses to “Robert Pattinson And Kristen Stewart: Media Driven Scandal Abhors A Vacuum”

  1. Jennifer Wilson Bowers

    Please stop talking about them. Mediocre actors not worth the time it took you to write this article when there are so many other important things going on in this world.

  2. Amber Keane

    Actually I think this is an excellent discuss about media behavior or did you not read the references to Hillsborough etc? As for these actors being "mediocre" I disagree. Click on another story if they bore you so much.

  3. YMarie Ace Gonza

    simple if you dont like these "mediocre actors", go to political websites and read political articles its all on you the more you talk about them the more you promote them, Duhh , God people are stupid

  4. YMarie Ace Gonza

    by the way excellent article there is definitely more tot his story some people believe it was a publicity stunt to promote the Twilight movie but only Rupert Sanders and the wife are the only ones enjoying the perks of a hollywood based scandal , oldest trick in the hollywood book , Kristen and Rob have remained silent, only doing scheduled appearances to promote their amazing films, Sanders and wife are calling paps on them going to premieres and fashion week lying about not being out in public in 7 weeks and now the wife is parading with a new man funny how no one in the media is accusing her of cheating on her husband , but Stewart was sexually harassed and kissed by that 41 year old pig and she gets labeled a whore? how fair are we ehh , this society needs a reality check we really don't treat people equally celebs or non celebs we all are human , we all feel.

  5. Amber Keane

    Why are you arguing with people if it's all so pointless Jennifer? Go read something else.

  6. Joe Nevole

    KS and RP are actors, good or bad, your opinion. Their obligation to the fans who support their movies is to do everything in their power to deliver the best performance they are capable of. They have no obligation to allow those fans or the bottom feeding tabloids to turn their private lives into a reality TV show. The bullying and public humiliation of KS for profit has been mindbogglingly. even more disturbing is how acceptable most people think it is to treat another human being with such cruelty. All trends today, the politics of personal destruction., bigotry, religious intolerance, racism, I could go on. I think we should look at the KS situation not in terms of what she did, but what it says about us as a society.

  7. YMarie Ace Gonza

    i dont want t hat either but this is the entertainment section making fun of celebs expense is sadly entertainment for this society like it or not

  8. Amber Keane

    This article isn't reiterating anything about cheating. It is quite clearly criticizing the media's coverage. It's probably a good idea to read a thing thoroughly before making a twat of yourself in comments Jennifer.

  9. Cejsmom Twifan

    Thank you for finally posting something about this entire idiocy that makes sense. I've never believed anything published by any "source" including the photos which had been released. You were correct when saying the only person who knows what happened is really Kristen (and Rob) and I don't blame them for one second for not saying anything on this subject. Why should they? For one, it is their business only – and by business I mean their own personal lives – not the movie business. Second, they are the only ones who know and by saying anything they would only add fodder to the fires already burning around them. If I were them, I wouldn't want to add anything to the media who has done nothing but slander Kristen in particular during this entire stupidity. Everything that came out of this was wrong, I hope that at the end though, Rob and Kristen's relationship – whatever it may be – is not affected. Real injustice would be served if it has been.

  10. Mss L Masen

    Dude.. You're right it is only their business and ya, I hope the best for those two kids. But dude, she confirmed it. She acknowledged and confirmed it. There's no way around that.

  11. Cejsmom Twifan

    How do you know SHE confirmed it. No where was it ever published with her name beside it. there was a tweet today from the person who wrote the article that it was from a source.

  12. Mss L Masen

    Cejsmom Twifan oh! hmm… I just remember reading confirmation that it was her and gossipcop confirmed it. Now, I know it's just another gossipy source, but I took it as fact because they're usually right about this sort of stuff and negate the allegations when they're not true.

  13. Cejsmom Twifan

    The person who wrote the article tweeted that it was a source. I don't need further confirmation than that.

  14. Neon Watson

    Kristen did admit to cheating and she did this because her people got a call saying the photogs were shopping magazines to publish the photos of Rupert and Kristen, so in an attempt to do damage control she released an apology. It is not slander when you make an admission like Kristen did, it is not slander when photos are released to back up the admission. Fast forward and time has passed and they are hoping people will forget how it went down so that Breaking Dawn 2 will not be affected. Another fact, google it, Robert said, " Twilight execs asked him to walk the red carpet at the Bd2 premiere with Kristen so that Kristen would not get booed by Roberts fans." Robert said," no problem." If they are reconciling afterall, well, I feel sorry for Robert if he gives this woman another chance after she humiliated in front of the entire world, she only apologized because she got caught. I think it is sad that Kristens relationship may be okay while Liberty Ross and children had a freight train run through their family and it may end up in a divorce. And people say it's none of our business, but they made it our business.

  15. Neon Watson

    What is mind blowing is the total decline of marriage and family and the fact that Kristen is being passed off as the victim. Liberty has been betrayed, Robert betrayed and the kids may end up without an at home father all because Kristen did not tell this married man NO. Everyday, thousands of decent women turn down married men because they do not want to wreck a family. Find a single person to date. Whether it is Kristen or any person out there, the same rules should apply. Hands off married individuals.

  16. Joe Nevole

    Married men should keep their hands off unmarried women too. Both your point and mine are certainly true. please don't view my post as a defense of KS's actions, whatever little we actually know. Only known fact KS was kissing RS in public, all else is speculation! My words spoke to this public humiliating of her for profit and the venom and hatred hurled at her that seems to have become fashionable and totally acceptable. This need to dehumanize and degrade individuals is seen in all areas of our society, from politics to religious and ethnic intolerance. I find it disturbing.

  17. Jean Todd

    I don't think a lousy kiss is an affair….I think Kristen has been treated awful by her so called fans ….I wish her and rob all the luck in the world they will need it with crazy fans like that.

  18. Christina Cullen

    1. Why are you putting all the blame on Kristen!? If you hadn't noticed, Rupert is the one whose MARRIED and has CHILDREN!
    2. Liberty doesn't seem to have a problem moving on. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/liberty-ross-steps-mystery-man-new-york-fashion-week-debut-rupert-sanders-article-1.1162211?localLinksEnabled=false
    3. Do you know Kristen or Rob personally? Or are you making your opinions based one what the mags write? You must be pretty stupid to believe what they write! All they do is want to make a few bucks. They don't even care that they're probably ruining peoples' lives and careers.
    4. So you say that people made it our business.. HOW THE HELL IS THIS OUR BUSINESS. This is between Kristen, Rob and all the people involved. We have nothing to do with this!

  19. Leeanne Jaymes Lemaster

    Seriously, unless it verbally comes out of the mouths of those involved, I have a hard time believing it. This whole "scandal" has been nothing but a mess of "sources", basically heresay

  20. Leeanne Jaymes Lemaster

    I completely agree. I was so ashamed, hurt and most of all, angry at how so many people "attacked" Kristen over this. I have NEVER seen so much vitriol, hatred and downright childish behavior from anyone in my entire life (35 years old), as was heaped upon a young woman of 22. I was livid to believe that we as a society could be that cruel for the mere thought of a celeb "cheating" on her boyfriend. Um, first, that happens on a daily basis and not just in Hollywood. Second, what business is it of ours to care what she does and doesn't do? Absolutely none!! Just because it was published doesn't mean it was what actually happened. What ever happened to the saying – Don't believe everything you read? As I said in a previous post, I will still support both Kristen and Rob, both as actors and as people regardless of what "supposedly" happened. It is not for us to judge anyone. To err is human…to forgive, divine. Time to move on people.

  21. Leeanne Jaymes Lemaster

    I completely agree. I was so ashamed, hurt and most of all, angry at how so many people "attacked" Kristen over this. I have NEVER seen so much vitriol, hatred and downright childish behavior from anyone in my entire life (35 years old), as was heaped upon a young woman of 22. I was livid to believe that we as a society could be that cruel for the mere thought of a celeb "cheating" on her boyfriend. Um, first, that happens on a daily basis and not just in Hollywood. Second, what business is it of ours to care what she does and doesn't do? Absolutely none!! Just because it was published doesn't mean it was what actually happened. What ever happened to the saying – Don't believe everything you read? As I said in a previous post, I will still support both Kristen and Rob, both as actors and as people regardless of what "supposedly" happened. It is not for us to judge anyone. To err is human…to forgive, divine. Time to move on people.

  22. Janet Abbey

    The French post modernists call this a media manufactured Debordian SPECTACLE. The SPECTACLE becomes the Event removing and hiding all meaning in and within the event itself. Now you know. Watch for the next one to identify it correctly for what it is.