Worldcon 76 is over! What a nightmare. These people really had no business running a convention which they proved when they banned a popular Hispanic conservative author for the mere act of existing as the wrong identity. We had a video on Thursday where I went in and peacefully attempted to buy a ticket. Lori Buschbaum, their security, immediately threw me out of the convention, wouldn’t give a reason for it, and violated my civil rights.
The odd part, was she, unlike in January when she threatened to have me thrown out of any hotel in the immediate area as well, admitted on film that throwing me out of a hotel was something beyond her ability to do and she understood that would be a violation of my cviil rights. What she admits by that is that I’m no threat to Worldcon attendees at all, think about it logically:
If I’m in the hotel where everyone’ staying, being peaceful, not causing a problem (which I was for a day and didn’t cause any problems), it means she didn’t think I’m a real threat to anyone’s safety. Why? If I was, she would have called the police because I was right there with everyone. This is a horrible look for the con and about the dumbest thing they could have done. But regardless, there are a lot of winners and losers at the con. Let’s talk about some of them.
Winners: People Who Didn’t Go
Worldcon’s panels were a complete shit show of identity politics. Several writers at the con told me there were hardly any panels worth going to at all. There was very little science fiction, very little business, no talk on marketing, but lots of panels about LGBTQWTF+ types and how we should applaud them for existing. This was a political action committee masquerading as a scifi convention. I kept getting messages throughout the weekend of people there who really wished they hadn’t spent the money. And a LOT of money it was. $250 for a ticket! You’d think they’d provide a musical act like Journey or something for the price of that. But now… that’s the price you pay to get lectured about diversity.
On diversity… how diverse is it if everyone speaking and there thinks exactly the same? This is the monolith of the entertainment industry now where differing ideas are banned and everyone has to go into this lockstep craziness of ID Politics. It’s why sales are down, it’s why I expect worldcon attendance will be down. They wen’t way too far. The sad part was when they completely redid their programming with 2 weeks to go, I talked to Mary Robinette Kowal about how to include people who think differently… she wasn’t able to get anything through. She tried, but she’s working with absolute zealots at this con. The whole con though had a lot of fat grannies in wheelchairs though — it looked like a scene out of Wall-E.
Winners: The Right Wing Protests
The Anti-Pedophilia protest drew more people than Antifa. And the Antifa/Worldcon crowd had pretty much nothing there. The right wingers looked better, were more organized, had smarter things to say while the left were standing around wearing pink shirts displaying themselves as literal “pinkos” and having a bizarre #MeatShield. They screamed “racist racist racist” over and over but accomplished nothing.
Losers: The Left
From the programming to the failed counter protest. To the fact that the con com refused to respond to threats of violence, to where they didn’t enforce their “rules” equally to me as they did with left wing authors — Patrick Tomlinson threatened to record people at the con as a threat, far beyond what I tried to do when I said I needed to have a camera in case someone tried to assault me, and yet they ignored it and let him attend the convention. They threw me out without so much as a word. Their full hypocrisy is on display. They looked weak. They looked intellectually retarded.
Winner: Shaymaal Shareef
We’re intellectually honest here, and Worldcon didn’t do everything wrong. Shaymaal is an author from Saudi Arabia, a woman, and she’s trying to produce science fiction content in her home country. They brought her out, and she’s a very cool woman with a lot of talent. Plus she’s very brave for doing what she’s doing in a society like Worldcon wishes they could create. She’s someone to watch over these next few years.
Losers: The Hugo Awards
It’s such a joke at this point. I pretty much voted down the line (cuz I still had rights) with all the identity politics choices — and they all won. 2nd year in a row all women. People were cheering because “black indigenous” women were winning, and weren’t talking about the books at all. It’s all ID Politics now. No one cares about these books or stories and it’s an award that’s going to fade into obscurity over the next few years as it only gets worse with a smaller and smaller group of people attending the con to vote. The echo chamber is here.
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