On this episode we talk about the announced animated Batman movie starring Adam West and Burt Ward, Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi taking the reigns of Godzilla 2016, the X-Files limited series being confirmed, Sony’s bizarre desire to make a Robotech film franchise, Gen Con’s reactions to Indiana’s RFRA, and an awesome little convention in DeKalb called Karoshi Con.
And we have a whole bunch of new listener mail to boot!
Most people who read this blog are aware that Gen Con wrote a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence threatening to leave the State of Indiana if he signed the controversial “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” SB 101 into law. Of course, Pence went ahead and signed it anyway, mostly because he’s a jackass.
I can say that. I live in Indiana.
Anyway, somehow “surprised” that signing that thing a whole bunch of people said would be an awful idea to sign ended up being bad for him, Pence has decided that certain provisions of the law are no longer okay. I mean, NASCAR condemned the law.
On Thursday, the state Assembly voted to modify the law, changing a provision so it would no longer override local anti-discrimination laws. This at least makes the RFRA less dangerous in the less than a dozen cities that actually have such laws. But hey, Indianapolis is one of them, so (as Gen Con’s venue at least through 2020) the convention responded – sending out an email to many previous Gen Con attendees with the title “Diversity, RFRA, and inclusion at Gen Con.” Continue reading Gen Con Responds To Amended Indiana RFRA→
Gen Con, arguably the most important gaming convention in the world, has written a letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence stating that if he signs the controversial SB 101 into law that the convention will consider moving elsewhere. SB 101 would allow businesses to deny same-sex couples service under the guise of “religious freedom.”
Mostly it’s codified bigotry.
Gen Con’s statement made it fairly clear that they believe that the passage of the law would make Indiana a hostile home for many of its attendees, and that they would consider leaving. Gen Con currently has an attendance of over 56,000 and brings in tens of millions of dollars of tourist revenue to Indianapolis. While their contract to hold the convention at its current venue lasts through 2020, the convention is not afraid to pick up and move — as it did so from Milwaukee to Indianapolis in 2003.
Frankly, that move proves the show can easily relocate, which is why Governor Pence’s lack of concern is downright puzzling — as he’s stated he intends to sign the bill into law regardless.