Some of you may recall that a couple weekends ago that the Calgary Expo (in Calgary, Alberta) kicked out Men’s Rights group ‘The Honey Badger Brigade’ who had purchased an exhibitor.
The reasons for the removal were simple:
- The group registered the table under false pretenses
- The Group had disrupted panels the first day of the con
- The table was selling #GamerGate merchandise, which is classified as a hate movement by the staff (and thus violated safe space policies)
It’s all pretty cut and dry.
The Honey Badgers (a mostly-women group of MRAs with close ties to hate site A Voice For Men) decided to raise holy hell about it though. They’ve put out hours and hours of videos about the booting, and have started to raise money for a “legal fund.”
And that fundraiser has raised over nineteen thousand dollars.
Here’s the thing though, they don’t have a legal leg to stand on. If they had actually read the convention policies they agreed to, they’d know the Calgary Expo staff can literally boot anyone for any reason they want. According to the rules they contractually agreed to passes to the event can be by revoked by “authorized staff without compensation for whatever reason deemed fit.” The staff could have booted them if they just didn’t like their shoes. The Honey Badgers have tried to invoke the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, except that they don’t actually represent a protected class so they wouldn’t have a valid complaint.
So, in other words, this is literally just raising money for nothing.
But hey, Men’s Rights Activists are a gullible lot who will just toss money at their leaders without really critically thinking about what could actually be done with that money. That’s literally what sites like A Voice For Men have built their entire business model on and the Honey Badgers are just following the examples before them.