Finding Fault Failure
Other people responding negatively to you
because you created a failure they detest
In the 1850 book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, married woman Hester Prynne had an adulterous affair that left her pregnant. After spending time in prison, Hester had to wear a scarlet letter A so everyone would know she committed adultery. Hester also had to endure public shaming from other people in her town.
While filming the modern day Twilight vampire movie series, stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson became a real life couple. In 2012, the relationship came to an abrupt end when Kristen betrayed Robert. Kristen met up with movie director Rupert Sanders for several public necking sessions. Since Rupert was married, Kristen also betrayed Rupert’s wife.
Twilight fans who found fault with Kristen Stewart’s betrayals erupted with anger. Instead of Kristen wearing a scarlet A so that everyone would know her crime, fault finders wore t-shirts to remind Kristen of her crime:
Kristen Stewart is a Cheater
Kristen Stewart F*cking Sucks
I Wanna Take a Dump on Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart is a Trampire
Fault finders also publicly shamed Kristen Stewart on the Internet:
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart reunited for several months, then broke up again. Rumors swirled. The scarlet A followed Hester Prynne to her grave. The word trampire might well follow Kristen Stewart to her grave.
Other people responded negatively to Kristen Stewart
because Kristen created a failure they detest.
Rupert Sanders was equal to Stewart in homewrecking. He also betrayed both his wife and Robert Pattinson. Fault finders did not publicly shame Sanders equal to the way they shamed Stewart. One possibility for the lack of shaming is that Sanders did not have the fan base Stewart had. Another is that fault finders blame women more than men for the same detestable actions.
Paula M. Kramer
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