Variety had to issue a correction after they published a video interview with Kristen Stewart in which she said she found the current discussion about gender equality in Hollywood boring, as their headline stated that she was making the comments about the lack of racial diversity in the film industry. “Instead of sitting around complaining about that, do something. Go write something, go do something for yourself,” Stewart said in the interview, urging women to take action. “And that’s easy to say. F***, it’s hard to get movies made. It’s a huge luxury, like who gets to just make movies? But that subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now and it’s boring.”
The actress was heavily criticized by social media users and journalists who wrongly believed she was talking about the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Variety issued a formal apology on its website, blaming the mistake on erroneous labeling.
Correction: Kristen Stewart was addressing gender equality, not diversity, in this Variety video segment https://t.co/gDlQbTz0wQ
— Variety (@Variety) January 26, 2016
As The Washington Post notes, it was ironic that many of the posts on social media initially criticizing Stewart for her “racist” remarks used foul and sexist language.“So, Kristen Stewart was horribly misquoted,” Twitter user Pat Shand wrote. “Still, people jumped at this opportunity to tweet that they don’t like her face. #EverydaySexism.”
Stewart was speaking at the Sundance Film Festival where she was promoting her new film Certain Women, directed by Kelly Reichardt. In the full interview, you can see Stewart expand on her views on gender equality in Hollywood, where she posits that any industry as old as Hollywood was going to have a “somewhat narrow view” but that it was “expanding quickly, on so many levels.”