To: Supanova Pop Culture Industries

Revoke Adam Baldwin's Invite to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo

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Albert Santos
Revoke Adam Baldwin's Invite to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo

Dear Daniel Zachariou and Supanova Pop Culture Industries,

Please revoke Adam Baldwin's invite to the upcoming Supanova Pop Culture Expos in Sydney and Perth, and do not invite him to any further events.

Why is this important?

Over the past six months, Adam Baldwin has been involved in numerous instances of harassment and abuse towards women. Most notably, he has promoted the cause of the "GamerGate" movement; a movement that claims to be acting for "journalistic integrity" but targets women, people of colour and the LGBTI+ community inside the gaming industry.

In one specific instance, Baldwin directly linked to videos that disclosed the personal details (commonly known as "doxxing") of game developers Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu to his several thousand twitter followers. This further inflamed the hostile situations that Quinn and Wu had been (and continues to be) suffering.

Several major members of the wider gaming and pop culture community have spoken out against the actions of the Gamergate movement. Joss Whedon, whom Adam worked with in Firefly, tweeted that "I watched a bunch of women get sliced up in video games and now I'm watching it on my twitter feed. @femfreq is just truth-telling. Deal." in direct reference to Gamergate and their targets.

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo is an event I have attended since I was a child, going back to the first events in 2003. I have always felt welcomed and loved by both the community, the variety of guests invited, and the family-friendly atmosphere that is harbored. Knowing that someone that has not only harassed and intimidated people, but has led an entire online movement in doing so, will be there goes against those sentiments entirely.


Reasons for signing

  • If you can't see why, then you're part of the problem.
  • I had no idea that he's into that stuff, and that would be fine, but how dare anyone put others at risk by pointing to personal info. He's just hit rock bottom.
  • Because I want people to be safe in this community and I believe that promoting and awarding someone who does the opposite of that is not fair

Updates

2015-01-26 21:50:48 +1100

5,000 signatures reached

2015-01-23 18:13:19 +1100

We've hit 4000 signatures! Thank you again to everyone!

Unfortunately, this latest update comes with so sad news. Earlier today an Australian female cosplayer shared her very gracious and informed view supporting the move to ‪#‎StopAdamBaldwin‬. Despite sharing that view in good faith, and asking for kind, constructive debate, she was doxxed. This is illustrative of the type of behaviour that GG'ers and Adam Baldwin's supporters allow. This is why we fight. A woman dared to speak out and had her personal details disclosed within HOURS. This is what Supanova Expo endorses through inviting Adam Baldwin.

Please share this story. Copypaste it, screencap it, whatever. Let Supanova know that by giving Adam Baldwin a platform, you are allowing behaviour like this to thrive.

Lastly: tweet about the issue whenever you can using the #StopAdamBaldwin hashtag, and if you like, follow me on twitter for running updates: @albertinho

2015-01-22 20:31:17 +1100

And we've hit 3000 signatures!

To put that in context, 3000 signatures would be 6% of Sydney tickets sold, about 10% of Perth tickets sold (based on 2014 numbers).

In the meantime, we have had some huge developments. Firstly, and most importantly, Supanova have put out a statement regarding Adam Baldwin. In summary, while they are yet to make a decision, they ask that everyone be treated with kindness and respect. You can read the full statement here: https://www.facebook.com/supanovaexpo/posts/10153051199822360 While you are there, remember to leave a kind word for Supanova to thank them for their consideration, whilst reminding them that Adam Baldwin is not welcome at any Australian convention.

Thank you again for your support, and please keep sharing!

2015-01-22 13:00:44 +1100

Wow, in just under 24 hours we've gotten over 2000 signatures! Thank you everyone!

Since the last update Brianna Wu has come out in strong support for our campaign. Here's what she has to say:

"There's a petition to revoke @adambaldwin's invitation to Supanova, a geek major event. I strongly support this. Something geek culture is struggling with is making the culture open to women. I think @adambaldwin is the absolute opposite of this goal. Take what @adambaldwin did to me out it. He spread lies and encouraged unprecedented harassment of @TheQuinnspiracy. This was unacceptable. This is very straightforward: Are you comfortable with bullies in geek culture? Because @AdamBaldwin is a sexist bully. He needs to go."
-- via her twitter: https://twitter.com/Spacekatgal

As always, continue to share, retweet, reblog and like this everywhere! Thank you so much again for your support!

2015-01-21 22:42:33 +1100

1000 signatures! Holy Cow!

Still, compared to their 2014 attendance in Sydney, we are a mere fraction of their audience. Some people have also asked about contacting sponsors directly about their presence at the event. These are the sponsors I could find:

Popcultcha (toys and merchandise retailer): https://twitter.com/popcultcha
Hanabee (Anime distribution company): https://twitter.com/HanabeeOfficial
Dominos Pizza: https://twitter.com/Dominos_AU
Madman Entertainment: https://twitter.com/animemadman
Weta Workshop: https://twitter.com/wetaworkshop
Timezone: https://twitter.com/timezoneNews
Filmink Magazine: https://twitter.com/filmink/
Booktopia: https://twitter.com/booktopia

2015-01-21 21:51:38 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-01-21 18:14:06 +1100

500 signatures reached

2015-01-21 17:07:32 +1100

Wow! 350 signatures already!

Thank you to everyone who has supported this so far. But we still need more voices, to truly send the message to the organisers of Supanova. Please share, retweet, reblog, and like this petition where ever you can. Hopefully we can stop Adam from reaching our shores.

PS: The benchmark numbers to "reach" are set by CommunityRun, not me, so take them as indicative only.

2015-01-21 15:22:00 +1100

100 signatures reached

2015-01-21 15:00:49 +1100

50 signatures reached

2015-01-21 14:48:11 +1100

25 signatures reached

2015-01-21 14:31:26 +1100

10 signatures reached