I had hoped to cover this last week, but wasn't able to fit it in. "Eclipse" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart gave an interview to EW's Hollywood Insider on Wednesday. In it, Pattinson fired out some critical statements about the culture of online entertainment news reporting. It's best if you just read it in his own words, but here's some general context: Stewart recently compared paparazzi intrusions on celebrity private lives to rape, drawing a fair amount of heat from pop culture observers. Said Pattinson:
"None of those [sexual assault awareness] associations came out and gave a statement [criticizing Kristen] without being called upon by the media first — who were doing it specifically to get hits on their websites. That whole system of Internet journalists, where no one is called to account, is almost entirely about hate. All these people get away with doing it because they have no responsibility to anyone. All they need is to get a salacious headline and people click on it, because it’s easy. And it’s quite good being part of these Twilight films because you have to give so many interviews all the time, you can defend yourself. That’s the only way. All of us stick together, as well. There are so many little nerds behind their computers, on their little blogs."
I've got to admit, the dude makes an eloquent point. I'm not a "Twilight" fan, so the Team Edward/Team Jacob debate really doesn't hold much interest for me. But after reading this... is it okay if I side with Team Robert?
While I don't necessarily think that the sum total of entertainment reporting on the Internet is fueled by hate -- I challenge you readers to pinpoint any MTV content that casts aspersions simply to make good headlines -- I think a fair portion of it is, especially when you delve further into the fanperson community. Some of these outlets take their feelings to the next level, verging on parody with their treatments of certain news items. FilmDrunk is particularly good at this, and I urge you to check them out if you haven't.
I think some of it, as it relates to "Twilight" specifically, is purely reactionary. There are a lot of fanpersons out there who take umbrage at the vastness of the Twilighter fan community. It creates an interesting scenario, since many of the people casting scorn down on fans of Stephenie Meyer's vampire universe are themselves obsessive about one geek-friendly franchise or another (or more). This in turn gives a lot of the hate Pattinson is referring to an ironic spin.
Look, it's easy to spout nasty sentiments on the Internet. Exceptionally easy. The people you're speaking ill can't really track you down, and even if they could they probably wouldn't. I'm not calling for that attitude to stop because, frankly, it won't. But I do think that Pattinson's remarks amount to an eloquently stated point, one that bears further examination.
And so I put the question to you readers. Do you think there's too much negative spin in the entertainment reporting community? Does it ever bother you? Do you think "Twilight" has been the unfair target too frequently?