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What Twilight has to do with Occupy LA

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
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Occupy L.A. is trying to get a temporary restraining order to prevent police from removing the Occupy encampment from the City Hall lawn. Their chances don't look good, but if you look at their argument, they're staking (sorry) at least part of their hopes on "Twilight."

One of their points: they should be allowed to continue camping, as the city has previously approved otherwise illegal camping. They site not one but two examples of exceptions made for Twihards. They include allowing 500 fans to camp out in Westwood Village on the sidewalks to be first in line for the midnight showing of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," as well as more than 1,000 camping out to see Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner walk the red carpet, requiring the closure of Chick Hearn Drive.

KPCC's own Ashley Bailey actually covered both the Twilight red carpet campout and last night's Occupy L.A. standoff with police.

Quick! Which of these is an Occupy L.A. campout and which is Twihards?

OK, maybe it's not that much of a mystery if you know what the Occupy camp looks like, but perhaps these two movements have more in common than we might think. At least, Occupy's lawyers hope so.

(Oh, and my sort of, kind of apologies to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Apparently she doesn't care for the term "Twihard." "It sounds awful," Meyer told E. But I think it's fun, so I'm sticking to it.)

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