If you’re reading PopWatch, you know that Kristen Stewart was recently caught in some compromising photos with her married Snow White director Rupert Sanders. There was the public apology, the fan response and backlash, the Jodie Foster defense against the Stewart backlash, and then—for some—the eager anticipation of watching Robert Pattinson professionally go on a press tour and not really say anything.
Since the public fascination doesn’t look to be dying down anytime soon, online retailer Skreened saw a publicity moment, and is now offering a T-shirt that reads, “Kristen Stewart is a Trampire.” To round out the unofficial “We Hate Kristen” collection, there’s also “Kristen Stewart F***ing Sucks” and “F*** Kristen Stewart,” which is, of course, reminiscent of the Team Aniston and Team Jolie shirts that made a pop culture splash in 2005 — with one huge difference.
While the Team Aniston/Jolie shirts were pretty dumb, they weren’t personally bullying anyone. You were just weighing in on the tabloid frenzy of the moment. “F*** Kristen Stewart” sure has a different –and crueler — ring to it. In a culture that is now hyper-aware of the effects of bullying, it seems really wrong to torment a 22-year-old, regardless of her fame level or any mistakes she may have made.
You don’t have to like Kristen Stewart as an actress. You don’t, without knowing the full story, have to approve of her personal life choices. But doesn’t it seem like this is a situation where everyone involved could do just a little bit better? Maybe don’t buy a shirt that bullies someone, even if they are a public celebrity. And please, let’s all just agree to retire the word trampire. (Hear that, Will Ferrell?)
It’s really not that clever. It really is that mean.