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Sadness, and anger, and disgust.

To quote the blog at LA Weekly:

A woman collided with a car as she tried to cross a street outside San Diego Comic-Con today in a bizarre accident that took the Twilight fan's life.


Apparently she ran out into the street, saw oncoming traffic, tried to stop and tripped, fell or stumbled into the passenger side of a car.

The woman, Gisela Gagliardi (TwiFanG), suffered severe head trauma and died at the hospital.

My god, what a horrific tragedy.  Condolences, hugs, gentle songs to Ms. Gagliardi's family and friends (and that includes all the other people at SDCC who saw the accident which killed her).  The movies' producers have released a statement, and they will remember her this weekend.

I wish to FSM I could just leave it there.

If you Google "comic con death", every single news item on this has in the headline that she was a Twilight fan.  As if that makes a difference.

Except, to a fair number of people, apparently it does.  Specifically, the commenters online.  The ones who are saying things like

  • There is a thing called self preservation and she failed to have it. Zero sympathy from me.
  • Bit of a reach to try to apportion some of the blame to securiy officials. I'm guessing these Twilight fans are, by definition, a bit kooky and short on common sense.
  • It's a twilight fan she deserved to die. Don't need those idiots and freaks polluting the world.
And that's just from the story I linked to at the top.

I've known for a very long time now that comments on Teh Intertubes tend to be... what's the word?  Foul.  As in vile.  Also as in chicken, as in cowardly.  Commenters hide behind their veneer of anonymity, and pontificate on things as if they had The Last Word... and that last word tends to be at best appalling, and at worst actionable, with a heavy trend towards reprehensible.

And I realize I'm preaching to the choir here.  But... jayzus, Humanity, could you please not be hideously offensive and stupid just once in a while?  A human being died today, and you're making good-riddance jokes because of the books/movies she liked.

Rest in peace, Gisela, TwiFanG.

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