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.