CBS Asked Stephen Colbert Not to Show Kristen Stewart’s ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover on Air

Conservative influencers have been frothing with rage over Stewart’s cover since it debuted last month, accusing the star and magazine alike of promoting “gender ideology.” Stewart dismissed the haters, telling Colbert she feels the cover shoot was tame in comparison to other photo shoots featuring cis men.

“I think it’s a little ironic because I feel like I’ve seen a lot of male pubic hair on the cover of things; I’ve seen a lot of hands in pants,” Stewart reflected. “I think there’s a certain overt acknowledgment of female sexuality that has its own volition that is annoying for people that are sexist and homophobic […] Female sexuality isn’t supposed to actually want anything but to be had, and that [cover] feels like it’s protruding in a way that might be annoying, but fuck you.”

This perspective shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, since Stewart even spent some time in that very Rolling Stone interview talking about the exact same double standard, right down to the pubes. “If I could grow a little mustache, if I could grow a fucking happy trail and unbutton my pants, I would. Guys — I’m sorry — but their fucking pubes are shoved in my face constantly, and I’m like, ‘Ummmm, bring it in,’” Stewart told the magazine last month.

In Stewart’s second segment on the show, she told Colbert about getting advice from Jodie Foster, teased a potential future project with her fiancée, writer-actor Dylan Meyer, and opened up about The Chronology of Water, her forthcoming feature-length directorial debut.

“We’re gonna go shoot it in Latvia,” Stewart revealed, adding, “We’re casting and scouting and it just has its own body and will and blood. The movie has kind of taken over my life.”

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