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Kristen Stewart Shouldn't Be the Cheating Scandal Scapegoat

Posted: 08/17/2012 11:51 am

Kristen Stewart may have made a big mistake but she's taking far more heat than Hollywood's male cheaters -- Arnold, Ashton and Charlie Sheen.

Kristen Stewart -- you've got to feel like you're a "scarlet woman" at this point. Yes, you got caught cheating on your boyfriend Robert Pattinson. And clearly that wasn't a good thing.

But the reality is -- you weren't married to him. You weren't even officially engaged.

Cheating on a boyfriend is a far less egregious offense than cheating on a spouse, especially if there are children involved. Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders did commit a far greater offense -- he broke his marital vows by becoming romantically involved with you. He was married for SEVEN years and had two children! So he cheated on a family!

Furthermore, at 44 years old, his behavior cannot be attributed to youth and naivete. Yours can. You are 22 -- you're a baby, really. You have half the life experience of Rupert and you've only been in one serious relationship.

Plus, Rupert was your director. HE was in the position of authority in your working relationship and, no doubt in my mind, in the romance as well.

If Rupert had been your boss at a typical company and had hit on you, even if you responded, it would be considered sexual harassment. He would likely have been fired for his inappropriate behavior! Your youth and your position of far less power in the working environment would have been considered a huge factor.

But Hollywood isn't the normal world and you are a huge star. It's not fair that you seem to be the one hurting professionally from this relationship. Rumors have swirled that a Snow White sequel is on hold and sources have, in fact, told HollywoodLife.com that the film hasn't been given the go ahead because there is concern about your box office appeal now.

That is so unfair! First of all -- HollywoodLife readers told us in a poll on Aug. 16 that they STILL love you as Snow White! Sixty-one percent would go and see it today. I bet that percentage would go way up once the film was actually being made -- the excitement would catapult big time!

Secondly -- since when has cheating held back the career of a leading man in Hollywood? It sure hasn't hurt Brad Pitt's box office appeal and it's widely believed that he became involved with co-star Angelina Jolie while still married to America's sweetheart, Jennifer Aniston.

What about long-term adulterer Arnold Schwarzenegger, who fathered a son with his housekeeper while married to Maria Shriver? He's about to be seen in The Expendables 2 and then in The Last Stand!

Ashton Kutcher landed the lead role in Two and A Half Men after cheating on wife Demi Moore. Serial cheater Charlie Sheen now stars in the TV show Anger Management, and Kelsey Grammar landed a new starring role in a TV show -- Boss -- after blatantly cheating and dumping wife Camille Grammar.

By Hollywood standards if you were a man, your career should actually be getting a boost right about now. Can we spell -- double standard?

Click to read more at Hollywoodlife.com.

 

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