Robert Pattinson is very, very, familiar with negative internet attention. From the day his casting as Edward Cullen in the Twilight series and the fans exploded with a petition to stop it from happening, he’s had to deal with the overwhelming negativity that can come with being famous.
Robert hasn’t been one to complain very often, even though he probably earned that right for all he dealt with during the height of his Twilight fame. But one thing that has sparked his rage – racism toward his fiance FKA Twigs by online haters and some very obsessed fans who feel he still belongs with Kristen Stewart. Robert gave an interview to NME magazine and he touched on the issue of internet hatred.
He shared, “I was talking to my dad about this and I bet him that if he looked up Nelson Mandela’s funeral on YouTube, the first comment would be a racist one. And it was, with like a million upvotes. What I don’t get is why.”
He continued, “I think it’s because most normal people are not commenters – I’ve never met anyone who’s left a comment on anything. It’s just demons who live in basements. You have this weird thing where you end up trying to fight against this faceless blob, where the more you hate it, the bigger it gets, because it’s all in your head.”
I don’t blame Robert at all. I cringe many, many times when I read comments online, so I can’t imagine them being about me or my loved ones and having to suck it up. It’s mind-boggling to imagine.
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