Kristen Stewart's Cheating Photos Ruined Lives -- Are We to Blame?

GossipMonger 31

Can you stand yet another article about the Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson cheating scandal? I know, I know -- the story is rapidly reaching Fifty Shades of Grey-level saturation for me too, but this time I want to talk about the business behind those damning photos of Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders. Because they are, as you might imagine, VERY big business indeed.

FameFlyNet, the paparazzi agency that took the infamous photos, reportedly chose to sell the images directly to Us Weekly instead of shopping them around -- and in fact, they may have been on assignment from the magazine, thanks to a tip that Stewart was having an affair with Sanders.

As we all know by now, the images FameFlyNet captured were a tabloid's dream come true. As in, worth up to $300,000 ... and possibly more.

Initial reports seemed to imply FameFlyNet got the images by accident, based on the agency owner's comment after the fact:

Oh, my God, she’s not just cheating on Rob — this guy is married and has kids. It was pretty scandalous, and it had so many different angles to it.

It may be, however, that Us Weekly had actually hired FameFlyNet to follow Stewart in the hopes she'd be caught with her hand in the cookie jar. (Whereas "her hand" = "her tongue," and "cookie jar" = "Sanders' mouth.") If that's the case, FameFlyNet may be raking in some of the ongoing photo sales, which are presumably adding up at a rapid clip.

According to the owner of another paparazzi agency,

If it’s an assignment, there’s not really a mega-money negotiation in advance (with the magazine). There’s an understanding that the photo agency or the photographer will have the back end sales of the pictures worldwide, and that’s where they’ll make their money, in exchange for the information (the magazine gives them about the stars’ location).

So this all brings up some interesting ethical questions, doesn't it? I think we can all agree that tabloid photos are a pretty sleazy business, and paparazzi following stars' every move is not only creepy and intrusive, it's downright dangerous sometimes.

But does it change things if Us Weekly was actually on assignment, specifically attempting to catch Stewart cheating? Does that make it better ... or worse? And how complicit are we all in our breathless reaction to this story?

I guess my personal feeling is that if you're a hugely popular public figure, you have to realize that this sort of scrutiny comes with the business. Celebrities aren't just the characters they portray onscreen, they're an entire package. Their brand and appeal are tied to the things they do in their personal life. Whether or not it was unethical for a photographer to be following Stewart -- or for Stewart to be cheating in the first place -- the bottom line is she probably should have assumed someone was watching.

As for Us Weekly, I doubt they're questioning their motives in the least.

There was no question when we saw those pictures that this was going to be one of the biggest stories of the year — if not the biggest. And I’m not sure the ‘Twilight’ fans would have believed the news without the undeniable photographic evidence.

What do you think about the way these photos were captured? Do you think the public deserved to know about their affair?

Image via Us Weekly

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oOoLe... oOoLeilanioOo

And what if it's all an act for publicity, the whole relationship, the cheating, everything. The general consensus is "we don't care we're still buying every tabloid that rehashes this article."?

Dana Combs

I think she did him shitty!!

Miriam Webb

I think it was none of your buisness.You people dont care who you hurt as long as your selling magazines.I think its horrible how do you people sleep at night.I dont even think this mag is worth wiping my butt with when i do nuber 2 or to pick up dogs poo with.It is trash and they should stop destroying people lives so they can make money.I do not buy any magazines they are pretty much full of lies anyway.

Anna Davila

They are stars they should know they are been followed at all times everywhere .I love Robert(Edward) to death but You know he has had to mess around all this time he was just smart enough not to get caught . And I`am a faithful Twilighter.Lets be real Give the poor girl a break she made a mistake have`nt we all.....

Mytwi... Mytwilight

OK guys rob is my hero but ppl.. Especially young ppl thrown into sudden extreme fame and endless money.. Make mistakes.. She was young and some big wig handsome producer showed interest in her and se slipped up.. The million dollar question was it a one time heat of the moment kiss.. Or was there more? I think a spontaneous kiss under all this pressure when your so young and probably tweaked up on whatever you shoose your poison to be to get through grueling days of filming could make anyone snap and when your the most watched couple in the world maybe she just needed something for a moment that

She "thought" belonged to a moment just for her I not condoning it I'm saying shit happens and if their love is really as true as both have proclaimed this can be worked thru as try both are very young and we grow by making mistakes rob my heart breaks for you I can't imagine but I am sure she is in much pain although most will say she earned it but he was an older man a superior maybe she felt pressured. We don't know maybe it's not FOR us to know we don't own them we can only support them and love them for their work

Maria Giselle Bartolome

I THINK THIS IS NONE OF OUR BUSSINESS,,,,,,BUT I DON'T KNOW I AM FEELING PRETTY UPSET ABOUT IT,,,,,,,,JUST SOOO SAD,,,,CAN'T EVEN BOTHER TO SMILE,,,,,,,,,,AND THERE'S THIS ONE TIME THAT I AM BLAIMING MYSELF,,,,,,I DON'T KNOW,,,,,,,,,,,,JUST SAYING......I AM A FAITHFUL ROBSTEN FAN,,,,NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS I AM STILL GOING TO BE A ROBSTEN FAN.,,,,,,,,GIVE KRISTEN A BREAK,,,,,,,SHE MADE A MISTAKE,,,,,,,,,,,AND SHE'S SORRY .........."""""PEOPLE MAKE STUPID MISTAKES"""" AND SOME PEOPLE JUDGE KRISTEN AS,,,, SLUT,WHORE etc. BUT HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT NONE OF YOU ARE WHORE'S AND SLUTS.......SEE IT'S SOOO EASY TO JUDGE HER BUT TRY TO BE ON KRISTEN'S SHOES WHAT WOULD YOU FEEL........JUST SAYING

stork... storkneedsgps

Some of these commenters need to sort out their priorities. You can't smile and you're blaming yourself? Seriously! ?! These are people you've never met, will never be friends with and they don't even know you exist! Geez! I think the cheaters got what they deserve! If you're a celebrity, you know people are watching you so don't fool around in public. Especially if one you're/with a married father! I feel bad for the wife, kids and a little bit for Robert but this will be a good career boost.

Crystal Coulson

i think that she did him wrong rob is a nice guy from what i can tell just from looking in to his eyes you can tell that he is nice and she used him from what i think i don't think that she really loved him because if she did she would not have cheated at all

Jenny Juarez

I believe is our business in some sort of senses, being in the public eye you are open to all our interpretative responses about your life and what you do. I twigheart and I can't believe that out all these guy's she does something so disgusting as to cheat with a married guy, I believe she does not get chance with Rob, that this will show here that you cannot get your cake and eat it too.

Robin Samples

I don't think it is any of our buisness. If she was cheating Rob would have found out anyway. It didn't need to be public. What they do on there personal time is there buisness not ours. no wonder she cheated maybe she just wanted to see what it feels like to be free. I am sure she is sorry and regrets what she did but it is up to her and Rob to figure this out not us. personaly I hope they make it. I will still watch the movies they make but I will never buy a magazine again
good luck hope you make

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