The Honey Badgers’ Brigade, recently in the public eye for their suspicious expulsion from Calgary Expo, have declared their intent to pursue legal recourse against the convention. In a release on their website, they’ve stated that they are seeking legal advice regarding the events that surrounded their sudden ejection from the convention center, without so much as a refund or a clear explanation.
After their expulsion, the Badgers received a wave of support as more and more stories surfaced about their innocent activities and Calgary’s history of discrimination. Their next step will be to seek legal recompense for the actual, literal, for-real oppression they suffered at the hands of anti-GamerGate SJWs and their willing dupes. These types are clearly willing to use any tool they can to try and force opposing viewpoints out of the public sphere, and classify any sort of dissent as “harassment,” so they can reap the benefit of their victim complexes.
In the still-settling wake of the Calgary Expo fracas, other conventions are under more pressure than ever to decide where they stand on the issue of freedom of representation versus totalitarian discrimination. Denver Comic-Con was directly asked about their policy on harassment, and temporarily declared that a Gamergate T-Shirt would qualify as “harassment.” This, too, shows that the new definition of ‘harassment’ is simply when someone doesn’t like something.
“Hateful symbols” are banned at these conventions, and the organizers decided that showing support for GamerGate should be classed under a restriction clearly intended to prevent the display of swastikas, meaning that they were basically saying GG is equivalent to the Nazis. Of course, I bet you’d have a hard time using anything you considered hateful to get someone kicked out, which is exactly what these policies let Antis do.
Choose Your Complaint, At 50 Paces
These organizers seem to believe that if someone feels they have been harassed, it is harassment, an absurd policy that if taken seriously would see people banned for literally anything. Obviously, this rule is only ever selectively enforced, to support the beliefs and biases of whoever is in charge. It’s another tool that the sort of domineering, conspiratorial cliques use to make sure everything goes their way or the highway.
Once these people worm their way into positions of power, they’ll pull out all the stops to consolidate that power by placing their friends and sympathizers into influential roles, and finally start hedging out anybody who doesn’t dance to their tune. That’s what happened in the games media, and what you can see going on in all kinds of subculture entertainment. The debacle at Calgary only seems like the first sign of yet another infestation of SJW-ism, this time rooting itself in the convention circuit like mold on drywall.
Of course, not only do the hazards of selective enforcement apply to these sorts or rules, normal people just aren’t as trigger-happy about wailing to the nearest adult as SJWs are. A mature person with a modicum of self-respect won’t vindictively try to get someone else kicked out of a public event for espousing views which differ from their own, particularly when they don’t have an agenda to push that involves looking like a victim and ostracizing the opposition. A mature person can learn to look the other way and respect others’ opinions.
Obviously, this is a case where the whiniest and most self-obsessed win every time, which means it’s a shoo-in that SJWs can exploit to further their goals.
I Allied With The Law (And The Law Won)
The Honey Badgers have a valid case for legal complaint. Not only has well-known pro-GamerGate lawyer Mike Cernovich expressed the he believes they have a clear case, at least under American law, their own research into Canadian civil rights law supports their claims:
it is our belief that the actions taken by the Calgary Expo staff were of a political nature and contravene the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in particular freedom of conscience, freedom of thought and freedom of association.
To, this end, they’ve set up a fund asking for donations to get the best representation possible. They continue to maintain that they committed no wrong, and that the claims against them are falsified and exaggerated. In a real legal case, the people who have claimed harassment will finally be called on to provide evidence for their claims, and all actual recordings and evidence indicate that the Badgers did nothing beyond express themselves in an ordinary, accepted manner.
The Honey Badgers will get their day in court, and if there’s any justice they’ll be compensated for their unrighteous expulsion from the convention. Regardless, it should be satisfying to see someone try to back up ‘I felt harassed’ as an evidential claim in a court of law. What we need now is for conventions worldwide to take a look at their policies and at themselves, and consider both whether their rules will easily be twisted to pander to a minority of perpetually offended hipsters, and whether that’s the sort of convention they want to be known as.
The rest of us should watch their decisions readily, because the longer this conflict burns on, the more polarized everything is going to become, and the more important it will be for us to stand up and take back our culture, by steps and miles, from the perverse elements that have infiltrated it.