If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a fan of the Hollywood actor Robert Pattinson or are at least interested in what Christianity has to say about Hollywood and fame. If so, then you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll discuss whether or not Robert Pattinson is a Christian based on the evidence supplied by his actions and what we might learn from studying his movies and social media posts.
Studying Robert Pattinson’s Behaviour
This question couldn’t be more relevant in today’s world. With so much focus on celebrities and their religious beliefs, it’s important to study the actions of those who are considered role models, such as Robert Pattinson. Does he behave like a Christian? Does he treat his co-stars, assistants, and even fans with kindness and generosity? Sadly, the answer to these questions is no.
It’s well documented that Robert Pattinson has a history of violence and addiction. He’s even been arrested for assault. These are all tragic details that bring discredit to his Christian-self image. If we want to learn more about his character and how he interacts with others, we have to dig deep into his past.
The Dark Lord Robert Pattinson
In the year 2013, the world was rocked by the news that the Hollywood superstar Robert Pattinson had been expelled from the church. The reason? He was supposedly turned away because of his immorality. Let’s take a look at the evidence.
In a 2014 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Pattinson discussed the incident in which he was supposedly denied entry into the Episcopal Church in England: “People were looking at me like I was from another planet. I didn’t know what was going on and then someone came up to me afterwards and said, ‘I’m so sorry, we haven’t seen you here before. It’s not you, it’s…’ and she said, ‘The church has decided that you’re not welcome because of your lifestyle.’ I was like, ‘What do you mean my lifestyle? I lead a very regular life. What happens to the rest of the parishioners who want to go to the pub after church on a Sunday?'”
According to the London church’s website, the decision was made because of “a combination of your public profile and your private life.” The church’s spokesperson continued, “Some of our members found your public behaviour to be in poor taste, and others thought it was offensive. We have to be guided by the Word and the example of Christ in all things.”
That same year, Pattinson was photographed partying with a group of friends and co-stars as the Church of England protested him taking part in a St. Patrick’s Day party at the Hollywood Bowl. He was later given permission to attend after apologizing for the “honourable mistake.”
Pattinson And Addiction
If we want to understand why churches are concerned with Robert Pattinson’s behaviour, it’s important to remember that he’s not alone in his struggle with addiction and violence. It seems as if Pattinson is constantly surrounded by turmoil and tragedy. Aside from his arrests, we know that he had to leave behind a fiancee with whom he had a daughter. We also know that he’s been through a lot, both personally and financially.
Considering everything he’s been through, it’s not surprising that his drug and alcohol use is something that he struggles with. In fact, he’s been open about his addiction in the past. In 2011, he discussed his struggles with addiction during an interview with Wonderland magazine: “I have a problem with addiction, not to alcohol, but to prescription medication and heroin. I’ve been clean now for two years, but I still have my triggers. You never quite know what’s going to set you off; you never quite know when you’re going to crave something, whether it’s drugs or alcohol or whatever. It’s a slippery slope, and you can find yourself in a lot of trouble.”
Even before his problems with addiction, Pattinson struggled with mental illness. In 2013, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. According to biographer and journalist Brian J. Bowe, this was likely a product of his struggle with severe depression. Bowe states that, during this time period, “the actor could be found at home, unable to cope with his responsibilities, watching trashy TV and eating ice cream.”
Bowe goes on to describe how, in 2014, Pattinson entered a “self-destructive phase,” which included drug use and alcoholism. In December of that year, Pattinson checked into a rehab facility in Paris, reportedly seeking help for his substance abuse issues. While there, he participated in individual and group therapy sessions. He also had to make a public apology for his part in an argument that took place at the Champs-Élysées.
Robert Pattinson’s Reputation In The Christian Community
Even before his problems with addiction and mental illness, it was clear that Robert Pattinson had a problematic reputation among evangelicals. In fact, a group of Christian leaders and bloggers published an open letter to the Twilight actor denouncing his “deeds as well as his words.”
The open letter, which was posted on ChurchLeaders.com, began, “You have been cast in a very demeaning and distasteful role – that of a godless, immoral, hedonistic, amoral celebrity in a vampire film. To suggest that you are somehow apart from this world is to deny the very things that are presented on the big screen – crimes against God and nature.”
In a 2014 Q&A with Rolling Stone, Pattinson addressed these allegations: “I think [the letter] is a bit extreme and I think it comes from a place of fear. I don’t agree with a lot of what they say, but they have a point. I’ve never really considered myself a Christian.”
While it’s likely that the majority of the signatories to this letter were speaking from a place of love and concern, what can we learn from this incident? One thing that we can learn is that, when it comes to dealing with Hollywood and fame, being a Christian isn’t necessarily a good thing. Consider what would have happened had Robert Pattinson been a different kind of celebrity. Let’s say that, instead of being a wolf in sheep’s clothing, he’d been an advocate for animal rights or had campaigned for LGBT rights. This is a classic example of what sociologists refer to as “moral panicking” – when the public becomes concerned about the moral decisions of a celebrity – as in this case, the use of animals for clothing and film props. Inevitably, this would have led to a reaction from the public, perhaps even Christians who oppose these views. If this had happened, his reputation might still be in tatters, but he’d be able to look forward to a more promising future. Instead, we’ll likely never know the true story behind the creation of the infamous “Twilight Saga.”
Pattinson And The Media
Even before his problems with addiction and mental illness, it was clear that Robert Pattinson had a very public life. Aside from his acting career, he’s released a number of bestselling books and has been fairly active on social media. In a 2015 interview with Wonderland magazine, Pattinson discussed the changing nature of celebrity and the media’s influence on our culture: “It used to be that you would find celebrity in magazines or on television – these days, it’s online. People are aware of what is going into their smartphones and the influence that the media has on our society. It doesn’t take much to become famous these days. You just have to have a big enough audience – which, for a while, I guess, I had.”
Pattinson’s biggest social media platform is undoubtedly Twitter. As of April 2016, he has over 4.9 million followers. On the topic of social media and celebrity, Pattinson tweeted: “Can we stop calling it’social media’ and just call it’media’? It feels like a better term.” Perhaps what he means is that, while social media platforms like Twitter have undeniably changed our culture, our obsession with celebrities has not. In fact, it’s only gotten worse. It would appear that, when it comes to defining a celebrity, social media has done more to shape our culture than traditional media outlets.
Learning From Robert Pattinson’s Movies
When it comes to studying the morality of celebrities and social media, we can learn a lot from the work of acclaimed film director Kevin Smith. Smith is arguably the most accomplished filmmaker to emerge from the Toronto underground film scene, which gained popularity in the early 2000s. He’s also one of the most outspoken critics of celebrity and social media. In 2014, he told the CBC that our culture’s obsession with celebrity “has become a monster that devours its own children.”