Stephen Colbert Defied CBS Showing Kristen Stewart Magazine Cover: “I Don’t Understand Why”

Kristen Stewart has a clear message to the haters over a magazine cover that has social media buzzing.

The star of Love Lies Bleeding stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her latest film and talked about the backlash over her Rolling Stone cover.

Colbert brought up the cover that has generated a lot of buzz on social media and revealed CBS had barred him from showing it on the late-night show.

“I just want you to know and the audience to know that I think it’s a perfectly lovely cover,” Colbert told Stewart. “We were asked by CBS not to show it. They thought that would be not a good idea for us to show this and I don’t understand why.”

Stewart is pictured on the magazine’s cover without a bra, wearing a leather vest, and posing with her right hand down her jockstrap.

After cheers and applause from the audience seeing the cover, Colbert said, “I want to say that you look better in a jockstrap than I ever did.”

The CBS host said that the cover upset a lot of people and read a post from X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, that read, “Rolling Stone turns Kristen Stewart into a MAN to push gender ideology on its readers.”

“Oh, God, so scary,” Stewart reacted to the post.

After being asked why she thought people had difficulty with the cover, she said, “OK, let’s keep this light. 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… 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.”

Colbert said that some people might feel that Stewart’s cover “violates expectations of female sexuality,” to which Stewart added, “Yes, because female sexuality isn’t supposed actually want anything but to be had and that feels like it’s protruding in a way that might be annoying, but f*** you.”

Check out the full interview below.

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