Kristen Stewart: It's Ridiculous To Say You’re Not A Feminist


In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Kristen Stewart discussed the rarity of strong female lead roles and why it is “ridiculous” to say you are not a feminist.


Stewart, who stars as a Guantanamo prison officer in Camp X-Ray, was asked what she thinks about female stars like Shailene Woodley distancing themselves from the “feminist” label. While at she muses that these stars may just mean that they don’t identify with the stereotypical “aggressive feminism,” she is quick to challenge these women of Hollywood.

“That’s such a strange thing to say, isn’t it? Like, what do you mean? Do you not believe in equality for men and women?” Stewart asked. “I think it’s a response to overly-aggressive types. There are a lot of women who feel persecuted and go on about it, and I sometimes am like, ‘Honestly, just relax, because now you’re going in the other direction.’

“Sometimes, the loudest voice in the room isn’t necessarily the one you should listen to. By our nature alone, think about what you’re saying and say it—but don’t scream in people’s faces, because then you’re discrediting us.”

Stewart also suggested that the reason for the lack of strong roles for women in Hollywood was down to the lack of female filmmakers.

“In America, there are way more male filmmakers than female ones, and they want to tell more masculine stories. Most of our great films that we’re proud of, you’ve got Bob De Niro, Jack Nicholson, and the bravado is overwhelming. And that’s still going on.

“I read a million scripts and people say I choose my scripts carefully, but it’s just so obvious when the role is different, and complex, and not some typical, archetypal girl, because they’re so rare. Not to sound cliché, but it’s a male-dominated and driven business.”

She added that female filmmakers have a harder time making a name for themselves in the industry. “That’s a thing that women have to do – you must persevere. That’s what we’ve been doing. You need to make something that’s undeniably good. If a woman makes a bad movie, or does something stupid, then the door just slams shut. It’s fucked up.”


Watch the trailer for Kristen Stewart’s upcoming film, ‘Camp X-Ray’

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