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Today's Lesson - You Can't Please the Twihards

Women and Hollywood By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood September 10, 2012 at 5:41PM

Today I learned an important lesson which I probably already should have known.  The people who care about all things Twilight -- the fans of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are intense.  These people -- it seems they are mostly women - are about as intractable as the Israelis and the Palestinians.
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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart

Today I learned an important lesson which I probably already should have known.  The people who care about all things Twilight -- the fans of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are intense.  These people -- it seems they are mostly women - are about as intractable as the Israelis and the Palestinians.

I caused a bit of a stir -- it really only lasted 30 minutes but I am running on fumes here in Toronto so it seemed like hours -- when I published a guest post in response to another Guest Post: A Fan Speaks - Kristen Stewart and Our Miserable Failure.

It was a guest post that came from an email I was sent and I solicited it, and yes, it would have kept the Kristen Stewart affair story going on a bit longer.  I thought the post was fine.  Still do.  I think the writer worked hard on it.  I read it, edited it and posted it.

Not even a minute later that first nasty tweets started coming in.  There were just a couple but I just imagined the flood gates opening.  The accusations of link baiting began right away. 

So I stopped and read it again.  Did these tweets make me rethink my post?  Yes.  But they did not make me take it down.  If I really thought the post was moving the conversation forward I would have kept it up.

So I pulled it. 

I've gotten negative tweets before and haven't pulled a piece.  But this time I did, and I stand by my decision.

Now I'm getting emails calling me a coward.  People - if you knew me - coward is not the word people use to describe me.  Ever.

I write about feminist issues in the entertainment business.  That is not for the faint hearted.

But I am also a woman who cares about giving women a fair shake and for raising the conversation to a higher place.  We all deserve better.

What is happening is still so sad and I'm going to report on it and feature pieces when it is warranted. 

This article is related to: Kristen Stewart, Twilight, Media


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