Gazing at Seams

26 Dec 2012

Jodie Foster for the Daily Beast:

If I were a young actor today I would quit before I started. If I had to grow up in this media culture, I don’t think I could survive it emotionally. I would only hope that someone who loved me, really loved me, would put their arm around me and lead me away to safety.

The thing that I hate most about this Kristen Stewart / Robert Pattison nonsense is that it has forced me to take Stewart’s side on something.1 Celebrity culture is a phenomenon that is incredibly damaging to the individuals that are fetishized, to say nothing of society itself. I won’t pretend to be without my heroes, but there is a distinct line between admiration and obsession. We are worse off, as human beings, for our gossipy worship.

  1. Granted, I have never seen the Twilight movies and I actually kind of enjoyed her in Adventureland, but that just gets in the way of the story I’m trying to tell. Nobody ever said that I was guilty of narrative consistency.