Calgary Expo, taking place this weekend has a clear policy against harassment:
“The Comic & Entertainment Expo Committee does not tolerate harassment of any type at any of its events. Harassment can take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to, words, signs, offensive jokes, cartoons, pictures, posters, e-mail jokes or statements, pranks, intimidation, physical assaults or contact, or violence.”
However this did not prevent a Gamergate affiliated organization, the Honey Badgers Radio, was able to obtain a booth at the Expo under potentially false pretenses. Crowdsourcing their campaign, the Honey Badgers lead their backers to believe that they are there to support geek and nerd culture. However, once they arrived at the Expo, the group hung up the banner (see image above), which features the Gamergate logo. In addition, The Mary Sue reports that the Honey Badgers who addressed themselves as Male Rights Activists also disrupted a panel discussing women’s rights. While their remarks were neither violent nor threatening, they disrupted and essentially hijacked the panel.
Here is what Honey Badger Radio said in their crowdfunding campaign post:
“In April of this year, the Honey Badgers plan to put on a booth at the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo! We plan to infiltrate nerd culture cunningly disguised as their own. Each of us has been carefully crafting a persona of nerdiness through decades of dedication to comics, science fiction, fantasy, comedy games and other geekery, waiting for this moment, our moment to slip among the unaware. Once there we will start distributing the totalitarian message that nerd and gamer culture is… perfectly wonderful just as it is and should be left alone to go it’s own way.
That’s it folks.
As men’s issues advocates and defenders of creator’s rights to create unmolested, that’s what we have to say to the nerds and geeks and gamers. You are fantastic as you are, carry on.
Yep, in today’s political climate that’s considered an extremist position. Just letting creative communities create; consumers consume what they want; and gamers get down to the business of vidya without being judged.
So if you share our vision of a world in which nerds and geeks and gamers roam free and unfettered, help us spread that message by throwing a few shekels our way to attend the con.”
— Calgary Expo (@Calgaryexpo) April 17, 2015
Once Calgary expo became aware of the Gamergate logo, the booth members were asked to vacate the premises. Way to go Calgary Expo!