kristen stewart

It’s been two years since Kristen Stewart was caught cheating on Robert Pattinson with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders… and apparently the witch hunt is still going strong. The actress looks unbelievable on the March 2014 cover of Marie Claire, but it’s really disappointing that the meat of her interview focuses around the one scandal that everyone refuses to let die.

“I stand by every mistake I’ve ever made, so judge away,” she tells the magazine, adding, “Dude, I have no idea what I’m doing, and that’s kind of how I love it.”

No one’s ever accused Kristen of being particularly articulate or good at answering questions on the spot, but I kind of love this response. What did you expect her to say? Immediately after the news came out, she admitted fault, issued a public apology, and ended the relationship. Why are we still talking about it? Why is Us Weekly still taking quotes out of context to craft headlines that maintain Kristen’s Stone-Cold Heartless Homewrecker image? It’s exhausting.

It’s possible that I’m biased here– KStew’s messy hair and IDGAF attitude make her my ultimate style icon/favorite celebrity– and I can’t say with any degree of confidence that I would extend the same kind of forgiveness to someone else. But when there’s an endless litany of famous men who get away with abusing women and children, going on racist and homophobic rants, and just being general douchnozzles, I take serious issue with the way we’re vilifying a really young woman for having once done something stupid in her personal life. It sucks that she participated in damaging a family, but not only is the married man in this situation arguably more at fault, but it’s not really any of our business anyway.

Maybe someday in the distant, distant future, we’ll find a way to like or dislike celebrities without forgetting that they’re human. It’s important to call people out when they’re promoting hate to the world, but I just don’t think this is an example of that. Until Kristen Stewart’s mistakes are negatively affecting the culture as a whole, I vote that we leave her alone to figure out her own shit.

Via Us Weekly / Photo: Marie Claire