Awful ‘Twilight’ fans harass FKA Twigs for dating Robert Pattinson

Singer FKA Twigs addresses the trolling: “Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it's unacceptable online.”

 

Audra Schroeder

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Published Sep 29, 2014   Updated May 30, 2021, 12:21 pm CDT

The cult of Twilight is a curious one, and its two main starsRobert Pattinson and Kristen Stewarthave become flesh-and-blood vessels for fans’ own romantic, often obsessive fantasies. So when they found out Pattinson was dating British singer FKA Twigs, they were not happy.

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FKA Twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) is a rising pop star. Her videos are gorgeous visions of empowerment and sexuality, which is mirrored in her soulful music. She is also a black woman. Twilight fans have been harassing her via Twitter, lobbing racist invective and slurs her way, because she’s NOT K-STEW.

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On Sunday, she posted two tweets addressing this abuse.

I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my account the past week.

— FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) September 28, 2014

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Racism is unacceptable in the real world and it’s unacceptable online.

— FKA twigs (@FKAtwigs) September 28, 2014

Her label also stepped in:

The racist abuse @FKAtwigs is getting on her social networks is despicable and depressingly archaic.

— Young Turks (@youngturksrec) September 28, 2014

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In a recent interview with Dazed, the singer discussed being the only mixed-race girl in her Catholic school, and dealing with racism as a kid:

Half of my life I’ve had people staring at me because they think I’m funny-looking and ugly. The other half of my life 
I’ve had people staring at me because they think I’m fascinating. Everything neutralises. It’s more of a statement on society and how weird it is.

Society is weird, yes, but this is unacceptable. It’s already been pointed out over and over how Twitter’s abuse-reporting system, especially for women, is frustratingly broken. 

H/T Pitchfork | Screengrab via FKA Twigs/YouTube

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*First Published: Sep 29, 2014, 3:45 pm CDT