We wanted to post a quick update on the lawsuit MRA group “The Honey Badger Brigade” filed against Calgary Expo and The Mary Sue back in Fall of 2015. If you recall, the suit was filed because Calgary Expo kicked the MRA group out during their 2015 event as they misrepresented the artist booth they were occupying and were disruptive to the event. The Mary Sue is also named in the suit because they wrote about it? I guess?
That bit’s never made sense to anyone.
We bring it up again because a hearing was held last week, and the judge has decided to let the case move forward. Apparently, and this is according to The Honey Badgers themselves, the judge felt they needed more time to prepare their case. Personally, I think the judge just wanted it to be someone else’s headache.
The case is scheduled to proceed in late November, and we’ll continue to follow it.
You may recall that last April a group of (mostly women) Men’s Rights Activists known as the ‘Honey Badger Brigade’ were ejected from the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo because they had registered for a table under false pretenses and were selling pro-#GamerGate merchandise (and Calgary Expo classifies #GamerGate as a hate group). After the Honey Badgers were ejected, The Mary Sue picked up on the story, and the rest of the internet had a good laugh.
Because when bad things happening to MRAs it’s funny.
But because MRAs groups also don’t know when to quit (and know how easy it is to bilk other MRAs out of money), the Honey Badgers started a “legal fund” to raise money to sue the Calgary Expo and The Mary Sue. I mean sure they had no legal leg to stand on, but when has that ever stopped stupid people?
In the end, they raised over $30,000, hired a disbarred lawyer (no, seriously), and filed… something (?) against the Calgary Expo and (again – for no logical reason) the blog The Mary Sue a few months ago.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we talk about Jenna Louise Coleman’s upcoming departure from Doctor Who, Pacific Rim 2‘s cancellation, the possibility of a new King Kong vs. Godzilla, Titletown Comic & Entertainment Expo officially canceling their 2015 con, MRAs filing a nonsensical suit against Calgary Expo, the MetaCon fistfight, Nick’s experiences at Coulee Con, and our ongoing Indiegogo campaign for the Nerd & Tie Expo.
The group was booted from the event for registering the table under false pretenses, being disruptive to the event, and selling #GamerGate merchandise (which, as the staff classifies #GamerGate as a hate group violated safe space policies).
After this happened, the Honey Badgers decided to get money together for a “Legal Fund.” We mostly laughed at this, because as far as we could tell, they don’t have a legal leg to stand on. I mean, the attendee agreements and vendor contracts are pretty damned clear.
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.”
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.
On this episode of the podcast, some MRAs have been kicked out of Calgary Expo, Syfy is ditching wrestling, Wonder Woman is switching directors, we’ve got a whole mess of new trailers to discuss, Trae went to the INDYpendent Show and we talk about our plans for No Brand Con next weekend!
And Pher got sick last minute, so he isn’t here. It’s just Trae and Nick.
And Trae had to quick edit the episode’s title card, much to Pher’s sadness.
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).