This month’s issue of Interview magazine features Patti Smith interviewing Kristen Stewart, and as one might expect from a punk legend like Smith, she takes a contrarian view on the whole Twilight phenomenon. (Twilight, for those whose short-term memories have been completely destroyed by mobile computing technology, was like Fifty Shades Of Grey, but with vampires.) Smith, who says she faced opposition from the snotty scenesters at Warhol’s Factory when she first arrived in New York, tells Stewart, “Never apologize for your work. If people don’t accept the Twilight series for what it is, well, fuck them. Millions of people loved that series. It gave them something. It said something about love and honor.”
Smith goes on to praise Stewart’s writing—what she’s read of it, anyway—and Stewart tells Smith that Smith’s autobiography Just Kids inspired her to take up painting, so yeah, it’s a real love-in. Comfortable in an interview for once, Stewart calls her Twilight character Bella Swan “retarded” (her word, not ours, Internet) and says, “Anybody who wants to talk shit about Twilight, I completely get it, but there’s something there that I’m endlessly, and to this day, fucking proud of.” (Her paycheck, for starters.) One question that goes unanswered in the interview, sadly, is whether Smith is Team Edward or Team Jacob.