Oops! Variety Admits It Goofed Kristen Stewart Quote: Actress Did Not Tell Black Hollywood To Stop Complaining & 'Go Do Something'

  • by: Alan Duke

Social media spent much of Monday attacking actress Kristen Stewart for reportedly suggesting that Black Hollywood stop complaining about the lack of Oscar nominations and instead to "Go write something, go do something."

But now Variety.com, which published the initial story is admits its editors misrepresented Stewart's words from a video interview at Sundance Film Festival, where she was promoting her film "Certain Women."

Unfortunately for Stewart, when something controversial gets misreported in the mainstream media, it goes viral while the corrections get ignored. But for those paying attention now, here is how Variety explains it in a new story titled "Kristen Stewart Sundance Comments Weren't About Diversity":

"Comments made in a videotaped interview Monday with actress Kristen Stewart Kristen Stewart about gender equality in Hollywood at the Sundance Film Festival were erroneously labeled on Variety.com in a way that suggested she was addressing issues pertaining to diversity. Variety regrets the error and apologizes for any confusion.

"The incorrect text accompanying the video was quickly amended, corrections were issued on social media and a re-edited version of the video has been published to make clear what question she was answering. The error was the result of an edit to the web page in which the video was presented without seeing the specific question Stewart was answering, which pertained to a lack of opportunities for female actors and directors.
"Instead of sitting around and complaining about that, do something," Stewart said in the video. "Go write something, go do something."

"'And that's easy to say,' she continued. 'Like, f-k, it's hard to get movies made. It's a huge luxury. Who gets to just make movies? But that subject is just so prevalently everywhere right now, and it's boring.'"

Stewart's comments on video:

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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