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If you don't know what this is about, don't worry. [Oct. 5th, 2009|09:21 pm]
Douglas Spencer

In order to dispel any doubt that there may be over my opinion on the matter:

Firstly, It's my firm belief that the correct response of a convention committee hearing criticism of their convention, or its current or previous committees, is to prove those critics wrong by running a great event.

Secondly, it seems to me that banning your critic from your event, refusing to enter into any online discussion on the matter, and refusing to discuss it with any other persons, seems (on the face of it) to be a little odd.

Thirdly and finally, I'm trying to remember any occasion when a committee has banned a critic and then refused to discuss it, and then gone on to find that their public image has improved in any way. No success yet.

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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-07 11:27 pm (UTC)

Octocon Brouhaha

Seriously, I am his younger sister, I have known him all my life and he has never been a violent guy! Seriously, this is really pissing me off now! James and Padraig had a falling out years ago, James has a serious problem with Padraig, and I will admit that Padraig can be outspoken, a pain in the ass at times and yes, has been critical of the Octocon committee! But he is not violent! I even checked with our mother earlier just in case I'd forgotten anything but she laughed and said "You must be Joking! Our Padraig! Sure he couldn't fight his way out of a wet paper bag!" And we bough laughed!

James has now fallen on his sword/been thrown to the wolves and the octocon committee remains eerily silent, even though one of them is his very long time partner!!! Not one single person from Irish Science Fition World has come to his defense, whereas, I think it's running to hundreds by now, have come to Padraig's defese! Why do you think that is!

And, yes, absolutely, Padraig can piss on off, but is that really a reson to ban him? Ever heard of freedom of speech????

And as for any alleged insidents of violence 2 or 3 years ago, how come we only find out about it now? And, look, Padraig is a middle aged man, very happily married, works in Chapters book shop, loves books, loves science fiction, loves cons, is a perfectionist, and ran many octocons and p cons very successfully!

I'm tired now but I'm on facebook and know all about the incidents so feel free to ask if you like. Also, the committee have yet to clarify what he supposedly did to justify being barred! And bottom line is, you can't go around banning people cos you don't like what they said about your (the committee's)organisation of something! Again I say to you, Freedom of speech anyone?

You should check out Cheryl Morgan's blog, get there from live journal slovobooks...

Caitríona Hamman (Nee Ní Mhéalóid)
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