Sometimes, tabloid magazines and websites go somewhat overboard – but what does it mean when they go too far the other way?
Jennifer Aniston eats lunch with her partner and SHE’S EATING FOR TWO, PREGNANT AT LAST. She eats without him, and she’s EATING HER FEELINGS, HEARTBROKEN AND STILL IN LOVE WITH BRAD AFTER 200 YEARS.
It’s trashy and terrible and yes, I’ll admit, I do occasionally buy into it (don’t we all?); but we all know that’s what tabloids are all about: they will take every ounce of a celebrities’ privacy, burn it into a billion pieces, take photos of the ashes, and tell us it’s news.
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So imagine my surprise when, a few months ago, Kristen Stewart was photographed on a beach KISSING someone- actually kissing them, not just standing a metre away or looking at them (both of which are circumstances that have sparked affair or pregnancy rumours from magazines in the past)- and the tabloids said….nothing.
There was no intense search for her mystery lover’s name, no questions about what Robert Pattinson would think, no photos of her in Twilight (because that’s the only thing she’s been in, duh), nothing at all.
The reason for this complete and utter lack of scrutiny? Was because the person Kristen was seen kissing was, in fact, a girl.
The Daily Mail posted photos of the two kissing, briefly pointing out that Kristen was ‘cosying up’ to her ‘galpal’, before going on (and on, and on) about her beach attire like wearing shorts and a singlet instead of bathers was incredibly groundbreaking.
At first I was like, “oh, cool, the world is so chill about queer stuff now that a celebrity can kiss someone of the same sex and we’re all like ‘meh, what was she wearing?!!”, but then I realised something: not once did Daily Mail actually acknowledge the kiss.
They weren’t writing the article with an air of ‘oh, who cares about kissing, KStew’s manly Y-fronts were WILD’; they were writing the article with an air of ‘Kristen Stewart is a STRAIGHT GIRL who is STRAIGHT and has a close STRAIGHT friend who is is close with but PLATONICALLY.’
Seriously, they used the term ‘gal-pal’ more times than I have ever heard it used in all the years of my life. (What even is a gal-pal? Are they somehow better than normal pals? Is it a new fad I didn’t know about? Am I someone’s gal-pal?)
Basically: this article was an awkward mess, with the (unmentioned) kiss being the most awkward part of it.
Honestly, it kind of pissed me off.