July 15, 2012, - 2:05 pm

Natural Selection: Your Day in Middle-Aged American Woman Idiocy

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s official. The “Twilight” movies have now claimed their first human life. Their first cougar human life.

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Gisela Gagliardi Died Rushing to See the “Twilight” Cast

I’ve written about these disgusting, idiotic middle-aged American women who have a sick, pedophiliac desire for the guys in the “Twilight” movies. But this woman takes the cake. Remember, this is the same kind of woman making the “Fifty Shades of Grey” porn (which is about people in their 20s) into the most popular books of the year. There’s a chip missing somewhere. It’s like they’re pretending they are kids again and wish to replace real men their own age with fantasy boys in their teens and 20s from fiction. And they call men, “pigs”? Puh-leeze. Most of these women also voted for Obama and will again. The woman was killed running across the street to claim a place in the front of the line for a stupid panel featuring the “Twilight” cast, whom she’d already met. Sad that the woman lost her life (and I feel for her family, if she has one), but still–it was a result of her stupid behavior for actors in a teen movie! Is it mean and cold for me to say so?

A 53-year-old Comic-Con fan who had been camping in front of the San Diego Convention Center to secure a place at the popular “Twilight” panel was struck by a car and killed Tuesday.

The woman was in a crosswalk and had a red light when she tried to run across Harbor Drive toward the convention center about 9:20 a.m., said police Sgt. Ron Glass.


The driver of one car saw her and slowed down, but the driver of a Subaru Outback didn’t see her in time, Glass said. The pedestrian tried to stop her own momentum when she saw the oncoming Subaru but tripped and hit the side of the car, Glass said. . . .

Friends on social media networks have identified her as Gisela Gagliardi, an accountant visiting from Kingston, N.Y. . . . Comic-Con fans said Gagliardi, who was with a group, had been in line since Sunday for the panel for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” set for Thursday afternoon in Hall H. The highly anticipated panel will include cast appearances and exclusive footage from the movie.

Fans said the convention center staff was about to switch the line, so the beginning became the end, and that she was running to keeping her place in line.

“It’s such a sad loss for our community,” said 23-year-old Melissa Sandate of Tucson, who is a fellow fan of the teen vampire saga.

Here’s a tip: if you are a whole 30 years older than the other fans, perhaps it’s a hint that you’re a little too old to be in love with a genre aimed at teens and 20-somethings. And, in this case, it also proved to be fatal.

Gagliardi’s passion for “Twilight” is well-documented on her Facebook page. In 2010, she posted a photo of her and a friend posing with the movie’s star, Robert Pattinson, in Los Angeles. She also mentions standing in line at Comic-Con last year.

Oy, that’s almost as sad as her dying. This is a 53-year-old woman waiting days to glimpse teen and 20-something stars. Tragic.

Acting like a teen when you’re in your 50s could be deadly. And in more ways than in this instance.

Jimmy Kimmel had a funny video of these idiot adults camping outside Comic-Con to see the “Twilight” cast. It makes me wanna channel William Shatner on “Saturday Night Live,” when he told the Trekkies to get a life. Or, as in this case, try to not lose yours.

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29 Responses

Aside from the kooky sociological and psychological implications of this and other pop culture phenomenons and their influence and why this lady was following them around like a groupie, I see some responsibility with the convention center when it “…the convention center staff was about to switch the line, so the beginning became the end.”

In this day and age where people are trampled to death at Walmart Christmas sales, etc., an entity like a convention center that specifically deals with crowds seems grossly negligent in their actions – they could have issued numbers or something to fans in line.

DS_ROCKS! on July 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Sorry, I don’t see a twenty plus person going to see celebrities, although I do admit to going to a lecture by David McCollough and standing in line to get him to autograph one of his books (Johnston Flood, Truman, Adams, 1776, etc). His history lectures do make me swoon and giggle like a school girl, even though I am not gay. (Just kidding about giggling like a school girl, although his lectures and books are incredible). Somehow, I doubt Ms. Gagliardi would have felt that way about a historian and author of such weighty subjects.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Sadly, you see this kind of thing all the time nowadays. “Adults” in their 30s and even 40s who are into video games, comic books, action figures, and this tripe. Where I live, I occasionally see this black compact car driving around. It is COVERED with “Twilight” decals. I usually try to get a good look at the driver. She’s at least 40!

S: I don’t think there’s a problem with adults in their 30s and 40s being into video games and comic books. Many people have hobbies, and those are just hobbies. It’s when they go beyond hobbies, and people camp out for days and risk their lives for the hobbies that it becomes a problem. And when the hobby involves male teens and 20-somethings and material meant for teen girls and young adults, as with the “Twilight” stuff, there’s something sick and weird about it. DS

Statusmonkey on July 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Darwinism?

Jonathan E. Grant on July 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    If you can still pass for 35, maybe that’s your thing.

    But if you look older, chasing after eternal youth is definitely not recommended.

    The only place you’ll be young forever is in the next world.

    NormanF on July 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm

This country is obsessed by the occult in general. Lucifer reigns in the USA.

Tempus_Fugit on July 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Wow. I don’t get people like this. It seems like an amalgamation of many things (where people who are “mainstream” most of their lives, are bored and wanna breakout, wanna be part of something BIG and just have fun) but to me it’s just stupid and sad.

Yuck. Getting all gaga over a Brit who is not very manly and lets his dour and sour girlfriend (that sourpuss Kristen Stewart) treat him like a POS. Let’s hear it for feminism! It makes even non-feminist girls feel they are powerful because they treat their men like sh**. That alone proves women are no better than men and should NOT be given the wheel to stir the ship proper.

You know America is sick, sick, sick when “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the “book everyone is talking about” (I saw that on display at the BU Bookstore Mall yesterday). Some people who were abused as children may not think that a “S&M” relationship is soooooo sexy. It’s not. It’s perverted and unhealthy and disgusting. C’mon dopes. This is America. There are some real bona fide sexy stuff you can do with your husband that does not demean you and make you feel like a loser. And those should be kept private, too.

I have never been shocked by how certain Americans can try to convince themselves that certain things are cool and edgy when they are sick, sad, stupid and perverted. Sometimes I don’t get Americans…but I have always been like that.

And older ladies…there are ways to have fun that does NOT compromise your dignity. Getting gaga over fey and angry Hollywood brats that laugh at you behind your back is not one of them.

I do feel for this woman’s family. It’s the mentality I find ponderous and embarrassing. Things have gone haywire in USA. I hope we find our way back soon.

Skunky on July 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Skunky, 100% agree.
    Debbie, everything you write is correct but I do have a problem with your timing of calling these idiots idiots. I mean the bodies aren’t even cold yet and you’re analyzing their stupidity. You say you feel for their families but there’s a big BUT at the end of that. Could you maybe report the facts and save the commentary on idiocy in America for until after the funeral?

    Italkit on July 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      Why don’t you man up, Italkit?
      The idiot looks like Edith Prickly from SCTV.

      lexi on July 16, 2012 at 10:53 am

        Uh, lexi, I’m a woman and I am in Israel so I have no idea about SNL.

        Italkit on July 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm

          erm, SCTV

          Italkit on July 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

          Shalom Italkit – SCTV was a very funny, off-beat series. Are you a Sabra or a visitor? Hope you’re enjoying the place and the people.

          brickwood on July 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

While I’m sorry she died, her manic activity reminds me of the manic attitudes and actions of many of those who voted for Obama in 2008, and the messianic expectations they had of him. He was elevated to the status of a demigod, someone otherworldly, just like this poor woman elevated this group “Twilight”, which, fortunately, I have not heard of until now.

Little Al on July 15, 2012 at 6:52 pm

“It’s such a sad loss for our community,” said 23-year-old Melissa Sandate of Tucson, who is a fellow fan of the teen vampire saga.”

What community is that? Persons obsessed with Twilight, etc?

Can a common interest such as wanting to have sex with a star create a real community? Or just a group of people with the same unlikely goal?

I live in a community. It’s a town where people have known each other for decades. I’m tired of the word community being slapped on every group that desires to be taken seriously. The first time I laughed about this sad joke was when I read about Philadelphia’s “leather community.” This wasn’t made up of craftspersons tooling leather belts and sandals, let me tell you.

Disgusted on July 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    My thoughts exactly.

    Italkit on July 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm

There’s no coming back from gettin’ hit by a car. Should’ve held out for even a fake vampire try.

P. Aaron on July 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

My wife is absolutely apeshit for the Twilight thing too, but not to this degree. Sorry…I don’t get it.

Rectum J. McSmelly on July 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I too see the term ‘community’ bandied about too loosely, and usually to imply that such people are a majority, when in fact, they are an asterisk. Whether it’s people who are into organic food, piracy of movies or music or software…

Can’t these stars arrange to be in online live interviews or town halls or something like it, instead of getting their fans to physically see them live at a venue? If teleconferencing is good enough for office goers, why not for this bunch?

Infidel on July 16, 2012 at 5:15 am

Great article, Debbie! Very sad.

Dave on July 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I’m wondering, if they use this one, how they’ll closeout the presentation of this on the show ‘A Thousand Ways To Die’.

Airmet Tango on July 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Shalom, brickwood. Neither. I am a Diaspora born Jew who immigrated to Israel 24 years ago. Went back to the “old country” for a spell and came back a few years ago for good. I’m loving it here. Have definitely found my home and home culture, the more Middle Eastern the better.

Italkit on July 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Oh, also, I did know SCTV was a comedy satire series but the specific characters mean nothing to me. I don’t have a TV now and I hardly watched before I came to Israel.

    Italkit on July 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      I only have to take a bus ride in Israel to feel like I’m in a movie! More humanity than you’ll ever see in a movie house or on a tv screen.

      brickwood on July 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm

You’re sick, disgusting people who have no life of your own and are pretending to have one by making nasty little blogs and comments online. It bothers you that someone died doing what THEY loved–not what YOU love to do, being different from you. Why does it bother you? Why do you think every one should live a boring insipid worthless little life like you have? You’re such a laughable bunch of pathetic, lifeless, bitter old harpies.

Anx on July 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I knew Gisela Gagliardi for many, many years and I am heartbroken by her death. Yes, she had a family. She had a large family, co-workers, and friends who loved her very much. She lovingly cared for her Alzheimers-afflicted mother for over ten years. She had no husband or children of her own, but she loved all of her nieces and nephews and her friend’s children almost as if they were her own. She generously remembered all of their birthdays and holidays. She was a fun, generous, caring, wise person. She just happened to love the Twilight series a lot. Maybe it provided an escape from the sadness of her mother’s passing. Who cares why she loved it. What a terrible way to speak about a beautiful person who you did not know at all. Shame on you.

Family Friend on August 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm

And I just want to add — YOU are the disgusting person here, Debbie Schlussel. A little bit of professional recognition and your own silly blog does not render you the judge of other women and the choices that they make. Maybe when you die, you will be judged as harshly as you have judged our Gisela here. Shame.

Family Friend on August 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I never knew this lady but you folks who speak negatively of a starstruck woman – and a deceased one, no less – are horrifyingly cruel.
Really?! Someone who deeply enjoyed meeting young celebrities, no matter what her age, is a *pedophile*?? I have a 50yo acquaintance who has a “crush” on David Cook, and she is in an adult relationship with exclusively adult friends. We do not find her crush as sexual; she has a crush on him simply because he is talented and she enjoys his music very much. I am a middle-aged female and was super-excited to meet a female singer I’d admired for years – found myself shaking! This makes me gay?? Not even close. Incredible talent can make anyone attractive, especially if he/she is very popular among the masses. This is called human nature. So get your disgusting, apparently sexually uptight minds out of the gutter and get a life.

Elle on June 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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