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With the recent and tragic article about the poor lady that passed away at Comic-Con, I felt this article needed to be written. I’m going to tell you right now, it is not going to be daisies and sunshine, but it needs to be said.

When I read the article, I was heartbroken for that lady and her family. She went to have a good time and never got the chance she deserved. I scrolled down and began reading some of the comments to see if anyone knew any more news about the situation and was disgusted by at least half of what I saw.

While one half was saying sweet things about loss and how they sent their condolences, the other half were making atrocious comments about her being a Twihard and making comments about how they hate the Twilight franchise, but that it was still sad news. I’m sorry, but there is a time and a place and that is NOT it.

People of Hypable, take a step back and examine yourselves. While there were a good number of people who sent their respects and retaliated against the people being jerks, it is still not necessary. In general, we need to respect that everyone that visits this site is usually interested in a variety of fandoms and we need to respect that. But in this case, those of you that were hateful (and you know who you are) should really consider some form of therapy. How dare you take that tone when a person has passed just because you don’t like the fandom they do.

Like I said, this is not the most cheerful post, but I felt it needed to be said where all could see. Have some respect and dignity for others on this site and yourself, because when you say rude things like that, it’s just disgusting.

My deepest respects to the lady at Comic-Con and her family. I apologize personally for anyone’s hateful comments.

This article was written by a Hypable user! Learn more and write your own right here.

  • Alexcellent

    Thank you for posting this. When I first heard this story, I was thinking to myself that people were going to be spiteful, even though someone has passed, because she was a Twilight fan. This needed to be said, and I’m glad someone had the guts to do it.

  • Johanna

    thank you for saying this. that’s a very nice thing to do.

  • http://twitter.com/iamboobs Yasemin Turner

    The funny thing is, the haters all talk about how the fandom they belong to has taught them how to love and accept everyone for who they are and yet they do this. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. No one deserves that kind of hate, especially not in death.

  • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

    I read so many comments (not just on Hypable, but on other sites) that said, “I hate Twilight, but it’s still sad that she died.” What in the world does your dislike of a fandom have ANYTHING to do with whether or not the death of a person is sad news?

  • Lotte

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to write this article. Yes, I was quite mad today at certain comments made in the mentioned post (I was told to ‘calm down’ and understand a joke made my a commenter…). 

    Your argument is appreciate and needed to be said!

    • Lotte

      *by (sigh)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erika-Johnson/619556596 Erika Johnson

    Wow, I’m a little depressed that it doesnt suprise me. I am someone who is critical of twilight because of its extreamly problematic sexism. However, bullying of a fan deceaced or otherwise is unexceptable. I hate it when haters call them “twitards,” its competly disrepectful and abelist. I’m sorry if her family had to witness that digusting display of humans lacking all empathy for other humans. The excuse of “its just the internet” needs to stop. What is said online matters and we should not use anonymity as an excuse to act like jerks.

  • http://twitter.com/dreamdropdani Daniel ♪

    Well, a fanpage just Told its readers to take therapy
    Seems legit

    I mean, it’s completely horrible what happened to that poor lady, and while I do agree on most of this article, there’s a certain degree of professionality that has to take place.

    • Liderc

      Agreed, I think telling people that “they need to get therapy” is nearly as offensive as what most people were saying.

    • Matilda

       Agreed. The sentiment is nice, but this article is poorly written and the suggestion of therapy comes off as immature. It’s not doing the issue at hand many favors unfortunately…

      • Dlmarvin05

        Do you understand that people who make comments like that are very close to doing worse things? Internet bullying, especially in cases like this, is just as bad if not worse than bullying in real life can be. People on the internet are not being held responsible for the horrible things they say and that has to stop. So before you suggest that my recommendation of therapy is a poor one, take a step back and examine the world for once. Like I said, it’s not all sparkles and rainbows out there and I’m sorry if my opinion to send people to therapy that make sick jokes about someone’s death comes off as “poorly written” to you, but there are many others that agree and I myself will not change my opinion because of this comment

    • https://twitter.com/#!/HarriFSargeant Harri Sargeant

      Hypable READER Opinion: Respect for personal fandoms

      This article was written by a Hypable user! Learn more and write your own right here.”

  • lorepottter

    Yes, im with you, no one should joke or say something about a death because is happen to be a twilight fan

  • Becca

    This article hit it right on the nose! People have no respect for the deceased! I have personally commented on a few things over the last 24 hrs where people have been callous and made jokes regarding this poor woman! There is no need to nasty just because she was a twilight fan. Why can’t people accept we are not all going to like the same things and stop being nasty to each other! Erika is right about people hiding being their computers and thinking it will not have an effect on someone’s life!

    • Becca

      *hiding behind their computers!

  • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

    Agreed!!!

  • Voldy

    Every single life is valuable. Everyone has different likes and dislikes, and we should respect that. 

    • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

      Ironic, coming from you “Voldy” lol.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/MaireadNguyen Mairead Nguyen

        who cares what the name is?!? honestly!

        • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

          Calm down psycho! Lol

  • Barbara

    I have never understand people who hate Twilight, but will read articles about it and take time to insult people who do like it.  That people could use a person’s death to bash the fandom again is so unfeeling.  That woman was a real person. Not a character that people should feel they can bash.  She has family that probably read this crap.  You don’t like Twilight?  Ignore it.  Or make comments about the books or movies – but not the people who enjoy the escapism.  I am 53 years old – mind your own business.

  • d3erudite

    I was one of the many who made comments like that yesterday and I apologize to the ladies family and anyone who read my comment yesterday. I offer my condolonces. To those who still think what they said was ok: Go @$&* yourself.

  • Kristen

    Because if she wasn’t a fan of Twilight, she wouldn’t have been hit by a car?  This could just as easily been a fan of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games, etc.  It’s silly for any fan to be cruel to another fan.  It doesn’t matter what series that you’re a fan of.

  • http://twitter.com/TammyRolls Tammy Rolls

    Well said Momo, lets all have respect for Gisela and her family and keep negative comments out.

  • http://twitter.com/angrykittykj Krystol

    Thank you for this, it definitely needed to be said. It shouldn’t matter what fandom a person is involved in, everyone is human and deserves to be respected both in life and after their death. Shame on those hateful people.

  • Gary65

    Well said. I think people need to live their online lives by this rule: Would you say it someone’s face? If you wouldn’t, then don’t say it. Anonymity is not a free license to be a douche.

    • Steph

      That’s a good rule, but the sad thing is, some people actually would say these things to people’s faces. A better rule might be: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. You don’t need to comment on every article you read. And if you do comment, think about what you write before you post it.

      • Gary65

        If a person would say something like that to someone’s face, then they have bigger problems than what they do online, like getting themselves some therapy.

  • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

    Lol. I wondered how long it would take for an article like this to go up. Yes it’s sad but there’s also a thing called freedom of speech so if people want to make jokes let them. OBVIOUSLY some people saying rude things were trolling so way to give them even more attention. I’m getting tired of the “stop hating on twilight fans” articles. Twilight fans can be just as bad. Didn’t you see the comment left by a Twilight fan telling the OP that “they should die instead of this nice lady”? That’s not very nice either.

    • TDKR

      This article isn’t only directed to people who dislike twilight, but to ALL fandoms alike who visit this page.

      • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

        Oh shut up lol it’s directed at people being mean about Twilight and we all know it. The “twihards” get most of the crap on here (and everywhere) I don’t deny it, I just don’t give a shit about them.

        • TDKR

          Okay, wow. I wasn’t trying to start a fight but whatever. For being somebody who doesn’t “give a shit” about Twi-hards, you sure do have a lot to say about them….twilight may not be the best story or movie around but some people do enjoy it, have some respect. Don’t tell me to shut up either, jerk.

          • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

            Haha! Yeah okay. You point out to me when I said anything rude about fucking Twilight, you moron. You can’t, because I didn’t. I SAID they get most of the crap on here, I acknowledged it. AND FYI I read all the Twilight books (starting when the first came out) and quite enjoyed some of them, I only hate the hype/ movies/obsession, which I HAVEN’T mentioned. So, to sum it up:

            1. Your argument is invalid.
            2. You called me a jerk lol!

          • TDKR

            My first comment was only saying that the article is adressed to all fandoms, nothing about you talking bad about twilight. And YOU are the one who said you dont give a shit about Twi-hards. You obviously don’t understand my argument.

          • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

            And I disagree with you. Lol. Just because you don’t like what I have to say doesn’t mean I don’t understand your argument.

    • Zack

      Like you ARE all sweet and nice? Please.

      • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

        Lol. Keep on being butthurt over this if you want. I think it’s hilarious how angry you all are.

        • a concerned person

          I think it’s gross how you find it funny that people are offended about something that is not okay.

          • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

            I think I accidentally clicked “like” on your post while trying to click reply so don’t get the wrong idea that someone agrees with you lol.

        • Concerned

          See how you are acting? Listen, sugar roll. A woman has just died and you think it is okay to let people joke about it? And then laugh how others are offended? 
          Your butt should be hurting. 

          • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

            Listen 15 year old little boy, the grown ups are talking, please go sit at the kids table if you can’t take someone debating your opinion. You can bitch at me all you want, I’m not going to suddenly “see the light” and agree with you lol. Hahaha.

          • Zack

            You don’t have to agree with me, it just pains me to know that people are disrespecting a dead woman. I would like to apologize also for overreacting, I just feel the need to stick up for her and her family.

            Again, I’m sorry for getting a bit crazy. 

          • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

            Thank you for apologizing :) that was mature, so I take back the “little boy” comment.

    • A concerned person

      “Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.” 
      ― Winston Churchill
      Free speech as a legal concept only guarantees you the right to speak. It doesn’t guarantee you the right to be heard, it doesn’t guarantee you the right to be agreed with, it certainly doesn’t guarantee you the right for your speech to not be challenged by someone else’s speech, and most importantly of all, it doesn’t mean you can’t suffer consequences if and when your free speech is used to cause harm to someone. Which is exactly what sexual harassment, racial slurs, and verbal bigotry are. That’s not censorship. That’s fairness.

       so yeah, you’re not right.

      also? saying “ if people want to make jokes let them.” is BULLS*T. so if people make cruel jokes about death, or rape, or murder, or are homophobic or racist or sexist, or downright assholes, we should just let them cause it’s A “joke”?

      NO

      the reason why people are insensitive, selfish jerk dirtbags and make those comments and Keep on doing them is because people excuse them/make excuses for them.

      We as people/fandom society Need to re-learn that behavior Is NOT okay and You Can’t Get away with saying hateful stuff under the guise of a “joke” wether it’s the internet or not.

      We want people to be respectful? then we have to call them out when they’re not, cause otherwise they will continue to be hateful.

      so please, think before you say something stupid that excuses stuff. 

      • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

        TL;DR

      • Dlmarvin05

        um, what the heck.

    • a concerned person

      Also? it doesn’t Freaking matter if twilight fans do the same thing, The point is to be Above it and not sink any lower and continue this goddamned vicious cycle of fandom wars. (and that Goes for any and ALL fandoms)

      • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

        Did I say anyone SHOULD do it? I don’t think so. I’m just saying if you’d all quit being babies and retaliating maybe they wouldn’t post as many comments. But SOME people are always going to do it so this article is pretty pointless.

        • a concerned person

          if you think “complaining” about someone making sick jokes about someone DYING just because they don’t like something, 

          then you’re the immature one, and opinions like yours are probably WHY assholes get away with stuff. cause i bet for you  making slurs or sick jokes is just “the internet”

          instead of trying to excuse your really freaking insensitive mindless behavior your should just get over yourself- cause people who care about this stuff needing to stop are not going to shut up just because people like YOU whine and are effing buthurt about it.

          • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

            LOL! Yeah… I’m the one who is “butthurt” (good comeback btw considering I already used that) Hahaha you’re retarded right? Since you are, I deeply apologize for upsetting your fragile mind. But at least my happiness doesn’t depend on how nice random people are about a complete stranger who has died.

          • Dlmarvin05

            just go to see a counselor. dear god

          • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

            Tsk tsk Dlmarvin05, haven’t you already been reprimanded for for telling people they need therapy? Perhaps it’s you that should see a counselor, for your obvious “I’m an all around better person and feel like I have the right to tell others what to do” problems. Haha. People are going to disagree with you, get over it. Lol

    • Dlmarvin05

      I clearly say don’t hate on anyone for ANY fandom they might enjoy. And, for the record, I personally don’t care for Twilight. But should that matter when a lady has died? No. Should it matter AT ALL that she was a fan of something I didn’t like? No. It’s a matter of fact that people were mean because of that simple fact that she liked Twilight and that is wrong. No if’s and’s or but’s about it. If it had been any other fandom and people hated on her because she died and liked it, I still would have written this. It has nothing to do with the fact that it’s Twilight and more to do with the fact that people need to learn to take responsibility for what they type on the internet. Especially, in these circumstances

      • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

        Sorry to say it has EVERYTHING to do with Twilight. We all know that if she was a fan of something that gets less negative attention there wouldn’t have been as many (if any) rude comments/jokes, and there WEREN’T many to begin with. I never said anything mean about the woman, so I think it’s funny that I’m being yelled at lol. I agree with quite a few others, this article seems just as offensive to me as the VERY FEW rude comments. Now I’m really tired of responding to people about this subject, and interest in this article has pretty much died, so I won’t be back. Have a nice weekend!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XKZIG7MXV2IMZZ3JDKGSNMJ2RE Chris

    I agree, I just knew other HP fans were gonna go at it in the comments section of these articles all over the Internet, not just Hypable. I think it is totally unnecessary for anyone to be making those comments about a Twilight fan who passed away. I think that Summit should maybe have a dedication/tribute to the lady that died in the credits of Breaking Dawn-Part 2.

    • WillowBlood

      You know, it’s not just the HP fans who don’t like Twilight. 

      This is a terrible tragedy, we just need to keep all the fandoms out of it. 

      • Gabi

        You’re totally right. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Trixie

      Yes, because it’s only HP fans that do things like that….. way to generalize. I’m sure there were a variety of people from all different kinds of fandoms saying nasty things.  There’s no need to put sole blame on one particular fandom just because the media and some of the fanbases have pitted those two fandoms against each other.

      I agree with WillowBlood.  This is an awful tragedy and the fandoms should really be kept out of it.  The fan wars have nothing to do with this.  My thoughts go out to her and all her family and friends.

  • ravenclaw1991

    While I do not like Twilight, I do not hate it. There is nothing wrong with being a fan of it so I don’t know what people’s problems are. Sure there are some pretty bad Twilight fans out there that are full of it, but EVERY fandom has fans like that, so people bashing the lady for being a Twilight fan should shut it. I just looked up an article on what happened to the woman and its just terrible! She went to have some fun and something awful like that happens. I feel so bad for her and her family, its terrible. People should be ashamed of themselves. You really have problems if you say someone deserved to die just because they were a Twilight fan (or a fan of anything else for that matter).

  • N_HarryPotter7

    Very true. You shouldn’t judge a person for what fandom they like, because they are just like you and me but have different interests. The fandoms you belong to don’t define who you are, your actions and personality do. Just because the woman liked Twilight doesn’t tell someone anything about what she was like as a person-and for any other person in a different fandom, too- so it’s unjust to be able to disrespect anyone within knowing the person yourself. It is never necessary to bash someone just because they don’t like the same things as you. It’s just unfair.

  • Steph

    Thank you for this article. I read some of the comments earlier and they were just.. wow. People really need to think about what they’re writing before they post it. Honestly, I don’t think Hypable should have mentioned she was a Twilight fan in the first place. Being a Twilight fan didn’t define who she was. For all we know she could have been a HP or Hunger Games or whatever other fandom fan as well. This isn’t a Twilight tragedy, this is a human tragedy and we all need to be respectful.

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan

    Thank you!! This needed to be said! I couldn’t believe people were making such unnecessary comments. 

  • Trixie

    I must say I completely agree with this article.  Which fandom this woman was apart of is no reason to make nasty or cruel remarks.  The truth of the matter is, not only did a woman lose her life, her family and friends are now going through a difficult time with grieving and heart break… especially considering her death was so unexpected and sudden.  I think that reality is a lot more important than the fact that she was a fan of Twilight.  Some people are just too ignorant to look past these things I guess.

  • erikd16

    I hate twilight and love making fun of it and the fandom but you’re right. There is a time and place and this is not it.

  • Alex

    *applauds*

    Fandom needs to learn this and learn this Fast!~

  • TeamBella76

    Finally some sense ! I love Twilight I DON’T CARE IF YOU HATE IT IT’S YOUR OPINION BUT someone dying ? Just shows how pathetic some people are ! It’s sad that something like Twilight can make people so disturbed WHY ? Find something else to get mad at that’s worth your time. Twilight is meant to bond people and have some fun SO CHILL ! Makes me questions your thought process. Just like the article find a therapist.

  • TeamBella76

    How about haters BUTTING OUT OF OTHER FANDOMS IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT ! Maybe we wouldn’t have these problems.  I don’t get the people who go around being crazy about things they don’t even like. REALLY ? I don’t like certain pop stars but I put my time into things that matter to me you should do the same you’ll see differences in your life and your blood pressure.

  • Heath

    I’m sorry, but what a ridiculous “article” and pathetic response from readers. Let me start by saying that I loath the Twilight “novels” just as much as I find Twilight fans insufferable. But by saying that I feel sorry for a lady who has died, a person who likes the thing that I hate doesn’t lessen my condolences. Frankly, if anything, it should show that despite my hatred I can still be upset for the death of someone. This has nothing to do with a time and place situation. It has to do with people who dislike something still supporting this opposing fan base. 

    To me, I think this article is more hateful and rude than the actual comments. It just seems Twilight fans are angry people don’t like their fandom and are responding by trying to lessen the real message that people we’re trying to get through. No wonder people don’t like Twilight fans, you try and support them despite your dislike to the series and you get spat on. Telling people they’re disgusting, that they need therapy! Really?! I think it’s pathetic that Hypable would allow such an article published in the first place and shame on people for agreeing with it

    • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

      I wish I could like this 100 times.

    • Dlmarvin05

      First of all, I never said anything about not liking Twilight myself, so let me just stop you right there (considering I am the “readers” that wrote this article). Second of all, there were far worse comments than “oh I don’t like twilight, but I still feel bad” which is why this needed to be written. There were plenty of comments, before they probably got deleted, of people hating on the situation ‘because’ she liked Twilight. That, is why people need to grow up and respect situations

  • http://twitter.com/fluflu44 Mandy Brennan

    PREACH! I saw those hurtful comments yesterday and I had to bite my tongue and not lash out at them. Whatever you say online is the split image of who you are as a person. What happened to the good old saying “think before you speak”?  This whole situation is sad, but it’s sadder that this had to happen before someone finally spoke up about people respecting other people’s fandoms. I applaud you. 

  • Joshua Redwine

    Well said. Respect all around should be the policy here at Hypable, given that so many different fandoms are covered. 

    That being said, I will only further comment that the twilight fans gathered outside of the building were told to disperse for fear of incidents like these. Let us all take this tragic accident as a lesson not only in respect and compassion for other fandoms, but in a renewed respect for the rules and requests of organizers at events like Comic-Con. We all love our particular franchises and fandoms and want to immerse ourselves in them the way Comic-Con allows. But that excitement should not trump concerns about our general safety and well-being. Everyone, as stupid as it may sound, use the buddy system and follow rules issued by organizers. Don’t get lost in the fantasy world around you when there are real dangers involved in such a large event. 

    Would love to see a Hypable article like a guide to convention attendance. I’ve seen them elsewhere, but I think the Hypable team could put together something great. It would be a fantastic resource for the many fans, young and old, who use the site and who are new to these experiences. 

  • Leila

    I am going to make a comment that many of you will not like, but it needs to be said. Having just finished reading the comments of the article discussed in the above article, I must respectfully disagree with Momo. The only rude comments on the original article were by a few people in particular responding to comments by other users expressing their condolences. There is nothing wrong with saying something along the lines of ”Even though I hate Twilight, this is very sad and I send my condolences to the family…” This is perfectly acceptable. In fact, I found it quite touching that people were able to disregard their animosity towards Twilight in light of this tragedy in order to feel sad about this lady’s death. The rude and hateful comments came from the people responding to respectful comments, one of which is

     ”I hate Twilight and Twihards… But this is absolutely tragic. R.I.P. ”

    The incredibly ignorant and downright rude response to this respectful comment is

    “So you just said you hate this woman because she liked Twilight…but it is still tragic…? You are pathetic as well, grow up. I can’t believe people can be so insensitive at a time like this. A woman was just killed for crying out loud! And all you can do is rant about how much you hate the series and its fans?
    GROW UP AND SHOW SOME RESPECT.” If some people actually took the time to read the comments they were responding to there would be no controversy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with stating that in spite of your hatred for Twilight, this news still saddens you. What would be wrong is stating that you hate Twilight, and therefore do not care that this lady died.

    • Zack

      Like others have said, you don’t go to a funeral and say that EVEN THOUGH you hate this woman’s favorite things, you feel sad about it. Really? Come on. There is no reason to say you don’t like this person’s favorite things. I don’t really care if you hate or love Twilight, but you shouldn’t be talking about it when the woman just died.

      By the way, I am 15 years old and I feel the need to stick up for this poor lady and her family. 
      However, I did overreact. I apologize to any who I might have been harsh to. It just upsets me when I see things that seem to be disrespectful, whether they meant to be or not.

      ~Zack

      • Leila

        I understand where you’re coming from Zack, and I do not believe that either side is completely innocent in this. However, you must remember that this is not the lady’s funeral. This is the Internet, and it’s full of a bunch of people who did not know the woman who died and have no real connection to her or her family. I agree that at a funeral it would not be wise to mention that you hate the deceased’s favorite series of books and movies. On the Internet, the circumstances are completely different. You are not in a room full of the deceased’s loved ones at a ceremony meant to commemorate the person. It is merely the comments section of an article about the lady’s death, not even an obituary. Your example of a funeral is, therefore, not relevant. I do believe that it is great that you want to defend the lady who died and prevent anyone from disrespecting her. You just went a little overboard and you were not the only one. It is also good to see that you noticed your mistake and apologize for it. I’m sure you’re a fantastic person! :-)

        • Dlmarvin05

          I’m glad Zack apologized, but I still stick with the fact that her family could have come and read this. Obituary or not, respect should be universally given in such circumstances

        • Zack

          Thank you, and I’m sure you are as well! I meant well in what I was saying, I’m sorry I was harsh to many people. I just can’t imagine her family coming onto a site like this and reading offensive comments towards the woman. I got a bit carried away, and now I feel really bad about it. I’m sorry!

    • Dlmarvin05

      Just so you know, as the writer of this article, I understand where you’re coming from. But I also don’t know when you read the article in question and I must say that many people have probably gone back and deleted their hateful responses because or before this. Trust me, there was hate that was simply deplorable 

  • Guest

    I have been reading Hypable since the day it launched, and have been a longtime fan on many other fansites. It deeply saddens me when people take it upon themselves to tell other people what is right and good to enjoy and think. I also am disappointed when some people don’t observe the appropriate rules of decorum just because they are on the internet and won’t be held responsible. It wouldn’t be appropriate at a funeral to include in your eulogy that although you hated the deceased’s favorite things, you’re sorry they died. It might be acceptable to say it to one’s own friends or on one’s Facebook account, perhaps. But since anyone, anywhere, including the family of the woman who passed away, could be reading the comments left by some situationally unaware individuals, it seems to be at best inappropriate to say such things. I’m also unsure about advising anyone whose comments were in that vein to seek counseling, but I understand the sentiment. To me, some of those comments seem like another outgrowth of the common modern problem of saying way too much in a public forum.
    However, I was more than disappointed at people who commented not that they hated Twilight, but that they hated Twihards. Twihards are people, too. Some of them are also Potterheads, Game of Thrones enthusiasts, Trekkies, aspiring Jedi, art film viewers, Whovians, and all manner of other fans–and I know someone who fits each of those molds personally, so I’m not just making this up. I was equally disturbed by the Twihard who answered back that Potter fans suck because they pick on Twihards! I’m going to refer to the objects of fandoms generally as art here, so don’t be offended if you don’t feel the things above merit the term. It’s one thing to attack the work of art, whatever it may be and however you may feel about that piece of art, and another to attack its devotees. The artist allowed his or her art into the public to be criticized, liked, and disliked as the audience pleases, but the fans didn’t. Their only offense in general is appreciating that art.

  • Carrie89

    The sad thing is here is that this isn’t even the first time we as fans have been told to be nice to other fandoms….Andrew wrote an article a while back, too.

    Yes, we all have fandoms that we like and follow and obsess over. And yes, we all have those fandoms that we don’t really care much for. But come on, people. Hating fans of this or that for whatever reason is immature and shouldn’t happen. Sure, you can dislike Twilight or Harry Potter or Hunger Games or whatever, but remember that you are probably just as passionate about your favorite as they are about theirs. So please, show some respect. 

  • Rosily

    Why does everything have to be one big comparison anyway? Why does everyone, especially people who know nothing about it other than what they hear through other haters, have to sit around and bash on Twilight? I read the HP books and didn’t like them. I didn’t want the movies and I don’t sit around and disrespect it’s fandom. Why? Because everyone has their own thing, and nobody has the right to knock on other people over what they like and don’t like.

    It started out as funny, but when taken to this level especially, it’s flat out hurtful and atrocious. I’m personally ashamed for anyone who has taken part in this. It’s disgusting and it makes me hate people.

  • ErinHP

    amen.

  • Kristen

    I must say that part of this is both sides being a little too sensitive.

    First of all, hypable could have written “Fan dies at comic con” instead or noting that she was a twilight fan, and we may have avoided some of these problems. However, that’s no excuse for people to be jerks… We should be able to handle being mature whether we’re twilight fans or not.

    Second, it is completely true that you do not need to comment on your hatred, dislike, or even indifference to the twilight series in response to an article about a dead fan. However, not all comments containing such a statement were offensive. There was one comment that i read saying something like “I’m sorry for this lady and her family, etc. Furthermore, although I’m not a twilight fan, i am a big fan of other series like harry potter and i know how it feels to be in a fandom, so i can relate to how twilight fans are feeling because you lost a member of your fandom, so I’m sorry for your loss too.” I thought that was quite a nice comment. However, the responses to that comment would make you think that he had said “twilight sucks, twihards suck, kristen rob and Taylor are ugly and suck at acting, etc.” The commenter didn’t mean anything bad by his comment. Don’t read offensive aspects into nice comments.

    Third, there were some incredibly rude comments about twilight. However, do not sink to their level in response. I don’t care how rude the comment was, it is never ok to say “i wish you had died instead.”

    This is not a situation of twilight fans being victimized or them victimizing other fandoms. This is a problem with any fans, particularly on the internet. Some people never got along. While that’s not ok, it’s true, and it will never go away. But we’re all fans and we really ought to work on nicer interactions with each other.

    • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

      I know the comment you are talking about I think, and I was appalled that people chose that time to hate on someone for saying they weren’t a fan! If they had read more than the three little words of the very long comment, they would have seen that though he couldn’t relate to Twilight, he could relate to an equally popular fandom. People need to calm down on both ends, I think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607519910 Catherine Lai

    People really REALLY just need to stop all the Twilight hate.  If you don’t like it, that’s fine, leave it alone.  We’re all fans of some things and not of others – grow up and have some respect. (I say grow up because honestly I don’t know anyone over 30 who harps on about how much they hate Twilight like people on here do.)

  • http://twitter.com/20619T Craig Thomson

    Breaking News: Internet in insensitivity shocker

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