- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 31, 2019

Reuters wound up in a web of outrage Friday after referring to Kirsten Dunst as the actress best known for playing Spider-Man’s significant other.

The news agency was accused of belittling Ms. Dunst, an acclaimed actress with starring roles in several major movies, over how it captioned a recent video shared on social media.

Kirsten Dunst, best known for her role as Spiderman’s girlfriend, receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Reuters said on Twitter.

Ms. Dunst, 37, did play the role of Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man’s girlfriend, in three motion pictures released as part of the Spider-Man franchise between 2002 and 2007. But her acting career has spanned decades, and Reuters was quickly called out for overlooking her other roles instead of focusing on playing Spider-Man’s love interest.

“When I think Kirsten Dunst, I think Interview with a Vampire, Bring it On, The Virgin Suicides, and Fargo. I literally never think ‘Spider-Man’s girlfriend’,” tweeted Imani Gandy, a legal analyst and podcast host.

Jesse McLaren, a verified Twitter user followed by more than a million users, responded to the Reuters tweet by seemingly referencing a 1999 comedy about former President Richard Nixon co-starring Ms. Dunst.

“If you refer to Kirsten Dunst as “Spider-man’s girlfriend” you clearly don’t know Dick,” Mr. McLaren tweeted.

Reuters ultimately deleted the tweet before reposting the video with a different caption: “Award-winning actress Kirsten Dunst receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

Ms. Dunst made her acting breakthrough in 1994, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her role playing a child vampire in “Interview with the Vampire” starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. More recently, she won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress in 2011 for her starring role in the art film “Melancholia.”

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