There has been a lot of scrutiny recently over the morality of celebrities. After Kristen Stewart’s affair it was reported that she would not be appearing in the prequel of Snow White and The Huntsman, however, Rupert Sanders may still be directing. I don’t believe that she should have to suffer professionally due to personal circumstances which were brought to public’s attention without those affected having knowledge of it whatsoever. What has really caught my attention is not all the ‘celeb gossip’ or whatever you want to call it, but that Kristen Stewart is suffering from the backlash of her actions but not Rupert Sanders. They are both adults, and both equally responsible for their actions, yet the woman is scrutinised far more than the man. Sanders is by no means in the public eye as much as Stewart, but why are her actions seen as far worse than his?
Another example is Chris Brown and Rihanna. To my knowledge, I an unaware of Brown’s actions towards Rihanna having any effect on his career whatsoever. His abuse towards Rihanna however, was completely out of line. Three years since their turbulent past, they are back in the media’s attention after Rihanna’s recently aired interview with Oprah. I haven’t watched it as I assume it is only available on American television, but Rihanna claimed she still loves Chris Brown and that she is still protective over him. There has been a lot of dispute over her words as she is apparently setting a bad example to those who have been effected by domestic violence. She opened up about a truly horrific part of her life, which must have been difficult for her. She was not bitter about her experience but saddened, and far more courageous than a lot people as she forgave Brown for what he did. Does that really make her a soft touch or weak?
Further examples include Mike Tyson raping an 18 year old girl, found guilty, yet his boxing career was not effected whatsoever. Actor, Hugh Grant has slept with prostitutes, yet his political opinion is still highly regarded within British media. Footballer, Wayne Rooney has paid prostitutes, thousands of pounds for one night stands, (once whilst his wife was pregnant) yet he still receives a six figure salary each week.
Yet, the question still remains, why are women scrutinised far more than men?