Creative License

Kristen Stewart, star of the Twilight film saga, recently exercised
her creative license and   published a love poem that drew on her own
personal experiences–presumably experiences that involved her costar
and previous real life romantic interest, Robert Pattinson.
The poem, entitled “My Heart is a Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole,” appeared
in the March 2014 edition of Marie Claire magazine. While many
commended Stewart for creatively branching out, the overwhelming
response to the poem was negative. Extremely negative.
Reading the title alone, it is not hard to guess that the poem was not
deemed Pulitzer Prize winning material.
Quite the contrary.
The Guardian suggested that the poem “reads like a middle-class fridge
door.”  The Independent called it “the worst poem of all time.”  You
get the picture. Stewart was publically blasted for dabbling in
creative writing and many critics insisted that the Twilight star
stick to her acting chops.
Even Stewart herself admitted that publishing the poem was a little
First and foremost, publically revealing her inner most feelings on
her failed relationship with Robert Pattinson couldn’t have been easy.
But conveying such feelings in a sappy sonnet? Even worse.
We have seen this story time and time again: a star gets mega famous
for something, attempts to evolve as an artist or an athlete, and
inevitably fails when they stray away from the singular talent that
has earned them their bread and butter.
Case in point: Michael Jordan, known to be the greatest player in the
history of the National Basketball Association, suffered a failed
career as both a professional golfer and baseball player.
JK Rowling’s attempt to publish any book exclusive of the Harry Potter
series was largely considered a flop.
Kanye West’s fashion line was heavily slated by critics, who suggested
that Yeezus keep his day job.
Just turn on the most recent episode of Keeping Up With the
Kardashians and you’ll see power manager of the Kardashian clan, Kris
Jenner, attempting to make it on Broadway. That was certainly not a
pretty sight.
The most noteworthy example of this phenomenon is the present-day Miley Cyrus.
Known for her Disney star reputation in the Hannah Montana television
series, Miley shocked the world with her uncouth VMA performance a few
months ago. Much to the dismay of many people, her entire image and
musical influence has been revamped.
A distinct dichotomy emerged: the old Miley vs. the new Miley.  The
Disney Miley vs. the twerking Miley.
On the one hand, we roll our eyes when stars seemingly use their fame
to half-heartedly dabble in something else simply to expand their
multi-million dollar enterprise–Kris Jenner, please just stop.
There are millions of people in the world that are better poets than
Kristen Stewart, better baseball players than Michael Jordan, and
certainly better Broadway dancers than Kim Kardashian’s mother.  No
surprises there.
Yet because these people have already garnered an excessive amount of
fame and fortune, they have a shot to become successful–again–in yet
another field of expertise.
They have the money and the means to do whatever they please. It just
doesn’t seem fair.
That is one side of the argument. But think about it. Are we just
Villanova students? Are we only allowed to take classes within our own
respective major?
If a basketball player at our school wanted to dabble in a little
acting in Vasey Hall, what’s stopping him?
Maybe the true fallacy surrounding this issue is that we pigeon hole
people into specific categories. We refuse to allow others to redefine
It seems as if once someone emerges as one thing, they can’t turn into
something else.
In truth, we are all multi-faceted human beings with a range of
talents, interests and the desire to evolve. Maybe Kristen Stewart is
an awful poet–ok definitely–but we shouldn’t be so quick to overlook
her creative aspirations.
Even if Michael Jordan dedicated the rest of his life to becoming an
amazing baseball player, he will always go down in history as the
greatest player to ever touch the hardwood–not the field.
JK Rowling will never escape her success as the author of the
illustrious Harry Potter series. Kris Jenner will never….wait, what
does Kris Jenner do again?
Anyway, one specific talent may define these stars in the public realm
forever, but we should not quickly dismiss the idea that they may have
interests that lie elsewhere.
Think about the pervasive judgment that exists in our society.
You can’t do anything these days without someone having something to
say about it.
Maybe we should all ease up on the judgment and allow everyone to do
whatever the hell they please.


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