Jodie Foster Sticks Up for Kristen Stewart, Blasts Media Culture

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On the heels of her quasi firing from the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel, Kristen Stewart could use all the support she can get.

And she now has some from one of the most respected actresses in Hollywood.

Oscar winner Jodie Foster has penned an editorial for The Daily Beast in which stands up for her Panic Room costar - the pair appeared in that 2001 thrilled when Stewart was 11 - and slams the celebrity-obsessed media culture, which likes to "life up beautiful young people like gods and then pull them down to earth to gaze at their seams."

Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart in Panic Room

Foster, who has acted since the age of three, writes:

"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... Would I drown myself in drugs, sex, and parties? Would I be lost?"

Foster never cites Kristen's affair with Rupert Sanders. She refrains from commenting on this specific scandal.

Instead, she takes a larger view at what the 24/7 news channels, supermarket tabloids and blogosphere have created, saying the constant attention makes it difficult for an actor to give a "truthful" performance because he or she is always on guard. It's impossible to be "fearful" in the face of such a barrage.

"How can you do that if you know you will be personally judged, skewered, betrayed? If you’re smart, you learn to willfully disassociate, to compartmentalize. Putting your emotions into a safety box definitely comes in handy when the public throws stones."

Sounds a lot like the public persona Stewart gives off, doesn't it? She's never looked comfortable in the spotlight. How come?

"She’s learned," writes Foster. "She keeps her head down, her shades on, fists in her pockets. Don’t speak. Don’t look. Don’t cry."

Foster concludes with advice for her young, troubled friend:

The public horrors of today eventually blow away. And yes, you are changed by the awful wake of reckoning they leave behind. You trust less. You calculate your steps. You survive. Hopefully in the process you don’t lose your ability to throw your arms in the air again and spin in wild abandon. That is the ultimate F.U. and--finally--the most beautiful survival tool of all. Don’t let them take that away from you.

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Well done jodie well said leave the girl alone i think all the harsh comments should stop look at your own lives and leave hers aloan

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Good on you Jodie Foster! Someone needs to speak up for Stewart. Sanders is getting away with using his power to overwhelm an impressionable young woman. Sanders should be the one losing his job on the next Huntsman movie, NOT Stewart! This double standard is bull****!

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So when they continued asking him, God lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
The society we live in has 4got the good book!!!
Judge not Lest ye be judged!!!

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A friend indeed is a friend in need. Kristen we are 100% behind u. Haters will say what they want, dot pay attention to them. U took a big step by telling the truth en i salute you for that. You are still young and beautiful, if Rob was not meant 4 u, he won't 4give you, bt your tru love is somewhere there waiting for your beautiful smile. Gud luck.

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Kristen Stewart chose a career, not the spectacle that surrounds it. She started acting when she was a child. The media circus that she faces now was not something she understood or had experience with during the years she spent learning her trade and improving her skills. She didn't become an actress capable of playing the Twilight leading lady overnight...it took her years to achieve. Why is it that dedication in a corporate career often earns personal respect but if an actor, singer, artist, etc. becomes successful through earnest career dedication they earn a leading role in the media circus by having their personal lives portrayed as sideshow acts? Professional Notoriety shouldn't come at the expense of personal privacy!
**And there's a TYPO in the article - the quote by Foster (shown just above the picture from Panic Room above is "LIFT up beautiful young people like gods and then pull them down to earth to gaze at their seams.".... " not "life up"!

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Gloria Allred will get together with Kristen Stewart, and sue the producers of the sequel, for not having the actress in it. The director was married, it was up to the actress, to say no.

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finally someone stands up for Kristen, its not only he fault this happened it takes two to tango,im still going to be a huge fan of hers!

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Maybe people would be more sympathetic towards Ms Stewart if she hadn't come across in the media as so disdainful and sometimes somewhat snotty.

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How can you give advice to a know-it-all? She CHOSE this life, let her deal with it, and maybe she'll actually learn something this time about how to treat other people.