Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A convention blog....

This weekend I attended a convention. It started off a bit rocky: someone didn't think my table number existed, the map was screwy, and Friday night almost gave me a heart attack. I'm blaming the first two on lack of coffee on the employee's parts, but Friday night there was no excuses for the staff or the person involved.

Friday night was the night for the zombie crawl, which by the way, was awesome, but my table was right outside the main events hall, so before the actual crawl zombies were gathering near my table. No big deal, I don't have an issue with zombies. What I do have an issue with is people wearing masks, this is just a personal issue. I don't like when I can't see a person's face, it bothers me and that's just the way that I am. The other thing I don't like is animatronic things. There was a man who had his face covered with some type of red mask, I can't tell you what it was because I wasn't paying that much attention, what had my attention was the damn clown zombie attached to his side.

I was working with a customer when I saw the clown move and I flinched. The customer turned around and we both chuckled, because neither one of us realized that it was a puppet of some sort. When the customer left the zombie guy came up to the side of my table and had the clown lunge at me. (I'm not terribly fond of clowns either...) I stepped back and held my hands up and gave a firm. "No."

I wasn't smiling, I wasn't laughing.

No....what does that word mean to you? Think about that. If you'd been that person trying to get a good laugh from scaring someone and that person said 'no' without any indication that they were joking or having fun as well....what would you do? I'd like to think that most people would stop. This man did not. He continued forward.  Ladies and gentlemen, the man did not back off until I was basically huddling on a chair behind my table in tears.

This is wrong. This is harassment. I know I am not the only person that this happened to at the convention, one person includes a child. The staff and volunteers who were there, laughed. I remind myself that maybe they weren't trained on how to deal with harassment or how to recognize it.  I was told "it's because he works in a haunted house."

This wasn't a haunted house. I observed Saturday that he wasn't scaring people, but perhaps it was because he wasn't wearing a mask....

So take note cosplayers...just because you wear a mask, you shouldn't be an asshole. Even in character if someone tells you no, it means to back off. Sexual harassment or other wise. No means no. It doesn't mean keep coming forward. It doesn't mean to keep touching, or whatever action it is that is bothering the person. It means to stop. To the man in the mask with the clown....

I hope you learn the difference between a convention and a haunted house, because you're lucky you didn't get punched by someone.....

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