Actor speaks exclusively to NME about online abuse he and his girlfriend receive
Robert Pattinson labels people who leave abusive messages online as “demons who live in basements” in his NME cover feature.
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Speaking to NME for the cover feature of this week’s all-new free magazine, distributed in more than 500 locations on Friday, September 25, Pattinson is asked what he thinks about the comments – specifically those aimed at his girlfriend.
“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,” Pattinson says. “And it was, with like a million upvotes.”
“What I don’t get is why. I think it’s because most normal people are not commenters – I’ve never met anyone who’s left a comment on anything,” he adds. “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.”
That said, Pattinson admits that he does Google himself, not out of vanity, but out of a “weird compulsion” to “reinforce my negative opinion of myself.”
Read the full interview in the all-new free NME, available nationwide on September 25 and on NME.com. Find out where you can get your copy from the full list of pick-up points.
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