hey did i ever tell you guys the time my dad got divorced from a Cherokee/Kiowa woman and then went on to date a white lady who /thinks/ she’s native american and litters the house with racist depictions of “native” people and tells stories about how in her past life she was a regal native woman who used to talk to the spirits of wolves? BECAUSE WHAT A GREAT STORY IT IS, LET ME TELL YOU WHAT. AND SHE TOTALLY LIKES TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT, SHE DOESN’T IGNORE ME WHEN I TELL HER SHE’S BEING RACIST AND WRONG AND SHE REALLY DOESN’T MAKE ME WATCH FUCKING DANCES WITH WOLVES WITH HER.
Love also emailed Fan Expo and said the reply she received was “inadequate” and felt like a complete brush off. Pirko had a more worrying response:
They stated that their attendees and their team were adults, and it was all a bit of fun that people wouldn’t take seriously. A direct quote from the email ’We thought about clarifying that cuddles must come with consent, but we thought if we’re always putting the rules in front of the fun – well that hurts the spirit of Fan Expo as much as the people that try to abuse our rules.” They also stated that they hadn’t gotten around to putting their harassment policy up yet, but had made it a priority.
Reminding people not to harass other attendees only makes the convention less “fun” for those who were inclined to harass in the first place. For everyone else, it reassures them they can have real fun in a safe environment with fellow fans.
And this is why I’ll never attend a Fan Expo.