MRA Group Asked to Leave Calgary Expo by Staff

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (or just “Calgary Expo” for short) is taking place at this moment in Calgary, Alberta. The convention, like many are trying to do, is attempting to create a safe space for fans, and sadly it hasn’t been completely smooth sailing this year.

You see, The Mary Sue is reporting that the “Honey Badgers” (a group of women “Men’s Rights Activists” affiliated with the hate site “A Voice For Men”) decided to purchase an exhibitor table at the con… and things went about as well as you’d expect. Besides littering their table with pro-#GamerGate propaganda, members of the group actively disrupted feminist panels.

Because of course they did. There is no one who angrily whines like a self entitled MRA.

The Calgary Expo staff then asked the group to leave, as they were clearly violating the Harassment and Exhibitor polices of the event — and after leaving the “Honey Badgers” of course recast it as their being “booted” from the event and having their “free speech” violated.

Because of course they did. There is no one who likes to play victim more than an MRA.

If you haven’t yet, you should go read The Mary Sue‘s full write up of the incident. They’re updating as things happen (and some of us have conventions to get ready for tonight).

Via The Mary Sue

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

5 thoughts on “MRA Group Asked to Leave Calgary Expo by Staff

  • April 17, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Glad to see the con stood up against rude and disrespectful guests.

    If you can’t grasp the concept of “don’t disrupt a panel”, you’ve no point attending. Also, I feel like MRAs are a special kind of fool. They’ll act like this, but describe themselves as “nice guys” who don’t understand why no one wants anything to do with em but other denizens of their echo chambers.

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  • April 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    There is so much false reporting in this story it’s going to take too much effort to correct. Youtube #Expogate to see what really happened, including a recording of this so called ‘panel disruption’ and see for yourself. Of course, you could stay in your comfortable echo-chamber and not bother.

    • April 20, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Yeah… not buying your bullshit.

      1. The “Honey Badgers” registered a table under false pretenses.
      2. They then displayed “Gamergate” merchandise, a known hate movement
      3. They did derail the panel.

      There is no false reporting, and frankly (as a former convention organizer), point one all on it’s own would have gotten an exhibitor booted from a convention.

    • May 13, 2015 at 3:03 am

      Dude, you’re accusing people point blank at being an echo chamber, when you yourself are too goddamn lazy to even attempt to change whatever “echoes” you think are going on.

      And I’m not about to sit through hours of videos on youtube that were made by the people who did the rule violations themselves (aka the honey badgers and friends) because they have every reason to lie in their videos (as if they haven’t already, something you’ve been “echoing” here).


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