This weekend Kristen Stewart, star of the Twilight films, hosted SNL. Before accidentally dropping the “F bomb” on live television — a mistake she clearly didn’t mean to make — Stewart shared something very significant. She called herself “gay.”
Now it’s no surprise that Stewart has dated women in the past like Alicia Cargile, and though she’s spoken about dating women and men, she hasn’t explicitly identified as LGBTQ in any manner. That is until Saturday night.
In her opening monologue, Stewart shares how Trump tweeted about her 11 times in the past, especially when she and Robert Pattinson were going through some difficult times in their relationship. Stewart even reads the rude tweets on live television and isn’t afraid to go after the president in a joke or two.
The big moment comes when Stewart says to Trump, “If you didn’t like me then, then you’re really not going to like me now because I’m hosting SNL and I’m, like, so gay, dude.”
Though Stewart might not identify exclusively as gay — as she has dated men in the past — it’s amazing that she used the word to speak of herself at such a time in the U.S., especially, when being different is being attacked by the alt-right in social settings and in government, and even more so, when we think about how a draft of an executive order from Trump has been released which would seek to legalize discrimination toward the LGBTQ community under the guise of “religious freedom.”
We are so proud of Stewart for making a stand, coming out in her own special way, and standing up to an internet bully we call “president,” for it’s when we stand proudly as our authentic selves that we can do anything.
Watch Stewart’s full monologue below: