Kristen Stewart recently revealed that she feels sorry for Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. However, Stewart doesn’t pity Davis because she thinks that the clerk is being persecuted.
During an interview with the Daily Beast, Kristen Stewart shared her reaction to Kim Davis being released from jail. The Kentucky clerk spent almost a week in the clink after she raised a stink by denying LGBT couples the right to marry, citing her religious views as her reason for turning them away from the Rowan County Clerk’s office. Many of her supporters feel sorry for her because they don’t think it’s fair that she got punished for trying to take away the legal rights of others. Kristen Stewart certainly doesn’t agree with this stance, but she also feels sorry for the clerk.
Kristen saw the circus surrounding Kim Davis’ jail release, complete with “Eye of the Tiger” blaring over the loudspeakers and Mike Huckabee buzzing around trying to score political points. However, Kristen didn’t laugh at the farce. Instead, she said that the spectacle made her pity Kim Davis for being so “closed off” and fearful.
“Oh my god. Did you see her come out of jail?” Stewart said. “Honestly, it makes me so deeply uncomfortable. I feel really bad for her. Anyone who’s so closed off to things that are so apparent? Imagine what else she’s missing out on in life.”
Kristen Stewart went on to agree with the Daily Beast interviewer that it must be “awful” to “have that much hate in your heart.”
“That’s why I feel bad for her. It’s like, ‘Oh, buddy, that must suck.’ That fear of the unknown cripples people, breeds hate, and it’s just very sad.”
According to ABC News, Kim Davis returned to work on Monday morning, but she’s still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. She also stated that she has not authorized her deputy clerks to issue the licenses in her stead, but one of them is doing so, anyway.
The subject of Kim Davis came up during Kristen Stewart’s interview because the interviewer drew a parallel between the fight for gay rights and the plot of Kristen’s new movie, Equals. According to Vanity Fair, Equals is a “dystopian love story” set in a futuristic society where scientists have found a way to turn off human emotions. However, some people are still born with the ability to feel, and society tells them that they need to rid themselves of it by taking medication. Nicholas Hoult plays Kristen Stewart’s lover, another outcast who suffers from what has been dubbed “Switched-On Syndrome.” They have to hide their forbidden love from the close-minded Kim Davises of the world.
Do you agree with Kristen Stewart that Kim Davis should be pitied?
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