British news agency Reuters has received an incredible amount of backlash over a tweet that undermines the career achievements of Spider-Man star Kirsten Dunst.
Dunst was recently awarded with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, according to the Huffington Post. To commemorate the event, the Reuters Top News Twitter account released a poorly worded headline that has had fans reeling in defense Dunst as well as women everywhere who do not receive enough credit for their stage work, especially when they act alongside men.
“Kirsten Dunst, best known for her role as Spiderman’s girlfriend, receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame,” the tweet read.
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Thirty-seven-year-old Dunst has been in the acting industry since she was a young child, and received her first Golden Globe Award nomination at the age of twelve for her performance in Interview with the Vampire, based on the novel by Anne Rice.
Fans responded immediately in defense of Dunst. Several of the replies demanded Reuters take responsibility for the sexist tweet.
Reuters deleted the first tweet and then tweeted a corrected version, which began with “Award-winning actress Kirsten Dunst,” on August 2.
Dunst has held minor and major roles in dozens of films and television shows before and after her starring role as Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man, yet the original tweet from Reuters attributes her exceptional career to her romantic relationship with a Marvel superhero.
Much of Twitter refuses to forgive or forget Reuters’ mistake, and allusions to the sexist tweet keep reappearing in the comment threads.
Even though Dunst may well be best known for her role in Spider-Man, her character has a name and a backstory and is as much of a person as Spiderman himself — Mary Jane has been in the Marvel Comics Universe for as long as Spiderman has been a superhero. Even if Marvel comics treats Mary Jane’s character as less-than, Dunst still deserves recognition for her wide-ranging acting career, and the media should strive to promote her as a successful actress rather than a fictional superhero’s girlfriend.
Dunst herself responded to the controversial tweet, and even her fans’ responses, with a defeated nod to inherent sexism in the industry.
“I always feel like nobody,” Dunst said in an interview on SiriusXM, as highlighted by the HuffPost. “I don’t know, maybe they think I’m just the girl from ‘Bring it On.'”
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