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MOB SCENE cancels ‘Twilight’ signing in S.F.

By Ann Tatko-Peterson
Monday, November 10th, 2008 at 4:13 pm in Twilight Saga.

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When I posted last week about the scheduled “Twilight” event in San Francisco, I lamented the fact that fans had to line up at 6 a.m. for a signing that wasn’t scheduled until 6 p.m. Turns out that should have been the least of my concerns. This morning, more than 3,000 fans, mostly teenage girls, packed the Stonestown Galleria mall in San Francisco outside the Hot Topic store where Robert Pattinson (Edward) was scheduled to appear for a signing tonight.

Apparently, the mob scene quickly got out of control with one girl allegedly suffering a broken nose and another an asthma attack. Police canceled the event, reportedly at the behest of the actor and his public relations team, which were concerned for Pattinson’s safety. The first 500 customers who bought special “Twilight” T-shirts were supposed to receive a bracelet guaranteeing them a chance to meet and have Pattinson sign a poster during a signing from 6-8 p.m. at the store.

This doesn’t bode well for other upcoming “Twilight” events. Based on the popular tween/teen vampire saga by Stephenie Meyer, the “Twilight” movie opens in theaters on Nov. 21. Monday’s signing in San Francisco was supposed to be the first in a series throughout the Pacific region. Representatives for Hot Topic did not return calls Monday afternoon about whether the remainder of the tour will continue. Some fans had traveled from as far as Hawaii for the signing. Now, I can’t help but wonder if the midnight screening of the movie also may encounter issues.

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18 Responses to “MOB SCENE cancels ‘Twilight’ signing in S.F.”

  1. Eli Nicole Says:

    the things that all went WRONG:
    around 1am a mother decided to make a list and number everyones hands which was not authorized at all.

    around 5:45am a hot topic staff member told everyone to back away from the doors and form a line. which was coming into shape, and yet then the “list” that was made was NO GOOD, which upset everyone who did put their names down and were numbered… but since it wasnt authorized it wasnt going to work.

    then losing track of time here is where it went way out of control while the line was forming a purse was stolen, shoes were being thrown, a girl got cuts on her neck from people being in the mob trying to pull her back to get closer, a female got her nose smashed into a wall, and yet as a LINE was forming they werent going to move away from the doors.

    the mall was staffed with 4 security guards expecting only 500 fans! hot topic did NOT have 500 shirts, they said “500 people would be allowed in” 2 braclets” per shirt, meaning they were only going to have around 250 shirts.

    so then the police were involved when the 4 security guards and hot topic employees couldnt get the line to work.

    next we got word a girl was feeling ill and called her parents to call 911 and she fainted and apparently no one was helping her to get out or let the ambulence in to help her so it was cancelled after we spent over an hour backing the line up and making it a row of people.

    after that we were about to leave but saw a bunch of people at the back entrance and realized something was going on so we talked to security to find out all the damage and why it was cancelled…as stated above, and then that hot topic would be opened and no longer sell those tour shirts since the tour was cancelled there.

    around 9:15 we were let in to go to the food court and thats when we heard the mob enter the mall. 2 minutes later there was a line down the mall with everyone trying to get into hot topic for merch. it was so insane we left because we didnt want to deal with anymore drama from this event.

    the mob was full of teens and guess who was watching them from the distance…their parents. parents watched the whole thing happen and did not stop their kids from letting this happen. it was truly insane and i doubt any of the malls will be prepared even after this

  2. Eli Nicole Says:

    NO LONGER CANCELLED! just spoke to hot topic manager and its still going on as we speak!

  3. Ann Tatko-Peterson Says:

    Part of the event will continue, according to a spokesperson at the Hot Topic store. The actor decided to make an appearance and sign autographs for the first 500 people from the morning line. The scheduled question-and-answer session was canceled.

  4. Eli Nicole Says:

    this event is sold out, but my inside source says there are extra pre signed posters that a select few will get

  5. Lisa Says:

    I AM OUTRAGED!!!!Shame on the parents for standing by and watching their teenage daughters act like animals over an ACTOR!!! HE IS JUST AN ACTOR, A HUMAN BEING!!!

  6. Kelly Says:

    What I don’t understand is why so many people would even bother. All of that for a signed poster? Huh? Do they plan to sell it on eBay or something? Is it worth the public humiliation/broken nose/trip to the emergency room?

    I hear girls came from Los Angeles, Arizona and even Hawaii to get to this thing. It’s just oddly frightening. What is with this movie? I can’t recall this level of insanity over, say, Leonardo DiCaprio during the “Titanic” craze back in the 90s.

    I hadn’t even heard of “Twilight” until all the major magazines — Entertainment Weekly, even Vanity Fair — started doing stories on it. I’ve since read the book, and it’s not even that good. I bet Robert Pattinson is kind of regretting ever signing up for this thing.

  7. Emily Says:

    This is completely rediculous. Some of us plan to go to the other ones around the US that they are appearing at. hearing this makes me worry about everyone’s safety including Rob. To be honest if it gets that out of control in other places it serves the fans right if they cancel. I would too knowing that so many people would be fighting over something like this. I plan to go to one of them as well but I’m bringing my beefy guy friend to stand around me. I’m not getting trampled by all these tweens that are gaga over these people. These actors are human beings not pieces of meat people. They expect respect from their fans and this makes them probably feel MORE uncomfortable being out in public if this happends. So from now on the teenagers and adults for that matter better cool it and watch their kids and make sure stuff doesn’t go apeSh** cuz there is no reason for actions like this it’s uncalled for.

  8. Eli Nicole Says:

    what i was informed was that rob said in a live interview with mtv that his favorite part of twilight promoting is the mobs! no joke that is his favorite part, and the proof of that is that after the signing at hot topic, he wanted to go out INTO the SF mall and see all the people that couldnt go to the Q&A cause that part of the event was cancelled. so i mean he is the one that wanted this. he is the one that is putting his safety at risk as of last night and apparently the crowwd was WELL behaved

  9. April Says:

    What time were people standing outside of the mall?

  10. David Says:

    Anyone besides me old enough to remember ‘Beatlemania’? The more things change, the more they remain the same…LOL.

    I’m glad no one was seriously injured.

  11. Nancy Says:

    Don’t you remember the Beatles tour and Elvis? Then there was Frank Sinatra before that and Rudy Valie. Wasn’t expected? Come on these are teenagers it comes with being young.

  12. Glen Worthey Says:

    Girls who stay in line all night long are stupid.

  13. Ann Tatko-Peterson Says:

    Please be respectful of your fellow commenters and avoid name calling. Thanks.

  14. Liz Says:

    I briefly considered taking my 14-year-old daughter to the signing at our Hot Topic in Seattle to see Taylor Lautner. I have tried to teach my kids moderation in everything, and taking her out of school for this seemed excessive. She will already be going to the midnight showing on Nov. 20, and the next day I am allowing her out of school for a couple of hours to go with me to see it. That’s it. After I found out people were lining up at 4 a.m. for the signing and waited all day to get in I was glad I didn’t do it. She will survive and hopefully will learn a little control. It’s not a bad thing for girls these days to learn.

  15. Dee Says:

    This is absolute insanity! I think the mom who made a point of teaching her 14 year old daughter some control has it right. Robert Pattinson IS NOT Edward Cullen…and I think these girls have a hard time distinguishing that. In real life, he is a scruffy actor/musician who self-admitedly doesn’t wash his hair or change his clothes.

    I think so many girls have fallen in love with the character of Edward Cullen, they so desperately want him to be real and Pattinson is as close as they’re ever going to get. This is crazy though. Poor Rob.

  16. Eli Nicole Says:

    so after this whole incident i was invited to the Tyra Banks show. they were going to fly me out and what not wednesday night to go to the filming of the show to talk about this whole situation. asked me to over exaggerate the situation and everything and i was super excited. then an hour later i call her back to re talk to her after i calmed down a bit. i was extremely excited…. well i was told to” not keep my hopes up” caues the topic has to be approved. well i called again and asked a few days later how things were going and then itwas about the budget. so i ad to wait it out. well tuesday came up and i was thinking crap if they were flying anyone out the NEXT DAY they would of emailed or called and let me know they werent going to have me sitting here waiting for the answer. but there was no emails so i called to find out that i was not in the budget to fly out. so i was a little upset but i guess iwas okay about it…. UNTIL today. you see today Rob was on the Today Show and then i did some more research and found photos from today of rob with Tyra for the Tyra show. I was more heartbroken. I had three chances in two weeks to meet him and the third time i felt like it was a joke. why would someone give me the chance to just tell me couldnt make it anyway.Im very thankful for the opportunity but its like i looked forward to this and did my best to keep it on the down low, but in the end after all the conversations im proud i have my TRUE REAL story instead of the over exaggerated story they wanted me to tell and i dont have to worry about covering the way i look just to be on TV.
    I wont be at the midnight showing …ill be going tomorrow while kids are barely getting out of school to see the movie i have been dreaming about and thinking about for the past 3 months!

  17. Eli Nicole Says:

    And so the Tyra Banks Show gave a lucky fan teh chance to not only meet Rob and the guy who plays JAcob, but she also got a BRAND NEW SHINY SILVER VOLVO…asme as Robs character Edward drives in the movie and book!

    lucky girl…

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