This is a comment post, but I am still trying to get people to talk to me in here aside from using my email (many of you obviously prefer email). This intro is meant to promote a conversation - but you can just scroll down a little to speak your mind. This beginning is not necessarily imperative to read.
Update 5/29/14 - This is an interesting blog stat: I receive three types of emails - 1) Haters of Kristen but who also hate me now, too. In two years, I have NEVER heard from a ‘robsessed’ fan other than to be hateful. 2) Heartbroken Twilight, ‘Robsten’ and/or Kristen fans of all ages – but most of them DO SEEM to be OLDER fans who are still incredibly hung up on ‘robsten’. Make no mistake, however – many young girls are just as heartbroken, they don’t visit this blog as often. You’ll find THEIR comments on Twitter and in fansites. (Believe it or not, I generally respect fansites and don't pound them like I do the tabloids - those places are sacred with few exceptions. ;)
Another interesting thing about these last type of emails: EVERY SINGLE ONE of them has AGREED with me about ‘what happened to Kristen that day’; the details of the smear campaign; and that the tabloids & papz are relentless to Rob & Kris. And yet – very few of them sign the petition because they BELIEVE that tabloids have an invincible right to ‘Freedom of Speech’ and/or ‘Freedom of the Press’. They DON’T.
Let's talk about what would be on our dream list of 'reforms' we would all like to see on the petition. There have been a few good suggestions within petition comments... But I have been thinking about re-writing the petition (if anyone 'more Twi-appropriate' wants to host it, let me know. I have no problem with not being the front person on this - and in fact, would be HAPPY to pass this Twi-torch on to a Twi-leader).
This is what the petition looks like now. I've been thinking about re-writing it because I'm wondering if the reason why so many of you are not signing it is because it's not very 'formal'. If we took the time to list our demands and make it sound 'official' - perhaps that will turn the tide? I would be happy to run drafts by you for revisions before posting it again.
Unfortunately (I hate to say this), we seem to have lots of time to perfect both our stance on this subject and what we want to do about it in order to fight back in a united front. These PR assaults are not stopping, nor have they slowed down - they simply ebb & flow as tabloids discover new crap to highlight upon.
I think they were starting to, but the New Year's Eve hoax dust-up has probably re-invigorated the Twilight Fanbase to make tabloid 'robsten rumors' profitable again.
Yeah, we really should do something, peeps - no matter what side you're on. This is just wrong.
12/25/13 - Email exchange from August as mentioned in the comment, below.
Btw, if you need someone to talk to in private about your Twilight obsession, you are WELCOME to contact me in email. I AM keeping things private - and no, you would not be the only one to have reached out like that - MANY fans are seriously flailing and 'feeling like they're drowning'. If you need help or support with ANY of this stuff, send me an email: Catherine - firstname.lastname@example.org