7.10.2012

My Thoughts About The Twilight Fan Who Died At SDCC



The title of this post is a bit misleading.

It's not really my thoughts about the fan that died at SDCC, a 53 year old woman whose name was Gisela G. AKA @mad4hugh on Twitter where her bio describes her as "Lover of in no particular order: Twilight books, movies, etc., Hugh Jackman, Robert Pattinson, travelling, NYC, Australlia, cats...."; a real life person who spent two days waiting in line for a panel on the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2; she left her spot (most likely to get a bite to eat or a drink), saw that they were moving the line, and rushed to get back into the line before her spot -- and 2 days of waiting -- was lost; she couldn't stop in time to avoid a car, fell in front of it, was struck, bled from the head and died on the way to the hospital.

It's about the people who think it's funny to make fun of her death.

Let's perform an experiment, shall we? What if it was Joe Peacock, AKA @joethepeacock on Twitter, where his bio describes him as "That Art of Akira Guy"; a real life person who spent two days waiting in line for to get a spot on a panel about Akira, where Katsuhiro Otomo, his lifelong inspiration and hero, was finally going to appear in America and Joe would have the chance to finally meet him;  left his spot (most likely to potty), saw that they were moving the line, and rushed to get back into the line before his spot -- and 2 days of waiting -- was lost; he couldn't stop in time to avoid a car, fell in front of it, was struck, bled from the head and died on the way to the hospital.

Aside from the smartasses who are going to say "thank God!" as a nice jab at me (and I don't mind), think about it for a second. Take any reference about "Twilight" out of her story and it's a tragedy. Put it in, and it's a punchline. Make the story about someone you know and (hopefully) like, and things change a bit, don't they?

Personally, I hate Twilight, and think the fans are into something stupid. I make no bones about that. But that woman has a family and 53 years worth of relationships. She had a passion. She was living that passion and showing her dedication to something she loved. She died in a terrible accident. It could just as easily have been me if Otomo hadn't cancelled.

Make the jokes you see fit to make. Just think about what I stated when you do, and see if you can get past that yucky, dark, greasy feeling that just set in your stomach. It's your soul. A part of it just died and leaked into your gut, because you know you're wrong.

And if you think this is the same thing as me making jabs at Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse, you're simply trying to justify your bullshit. You KNOW there's a difference between public figures making their living on the public, living in public, thriving on publicity, who misbehave and die in public from drug overdoses, and this woman who slipped and fell and died in a terrible accident.