For many, Adam Baldwin is Jayne from Firefly. Which is why he’s been invited to Supernova Fan Expo in Australia, knitted hat and all. However a number of those who object to his support for the #Gamergate controversy are trying to get him uninvited, with a petition.
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.
Adam Baldwin has himself tweeted in response, saying,
ICYMI: That petition is built on lies/libel & perhaps violates the Australian Defamation Act. 2005 #77. – http://t.co/KsIpMYd4DK
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) January 22, 2015
And a counter vote has been created which itself now has a thousand signees,
Adam Baldwin has been a prominent figure in a movement opposed to moral authoritarianism, censorship, and manipulation of media.
Banning him from Supanova indicates to everyone that if they don’t toe the line with Brianna Wu’s ideology, they will be blacklisted from media events, starting with Supanova.
Supernova have offiically responded, saying,
While we wish Adam Baldwin’s attendance in Supanova in Sydney and Perth this June wasn’t a controversial issue, it clearly is, and the reasons why are now understood. We ask for your patience and understanding while we deal with the developments.
Regardless of what the ultimate outcome is please know that we 100% agree with your right, as our fans, to have your say, to share your feelings, to create or sign petitions in the positive or the negative, to protest or support.
It’s your voice that’s made us who we are.
We only ask that you don’t villify or attack one party or the other for holding differing views in the process. We’re one community of fans here, that have come together from various areas of pop culture, and Supanova is as much your space as it is ours.
Therefore, please help us work through all this, together, sharing your voice and thoughts, but do so in a manner that ultimately helps rather than agitates. Heals rather than antagonises.
We call on you, our friends, to be caring and accepting of each other as we work our way through your responses.
Here are a few comments about the situation:
Jeremy Szal Honestly, I don’t see why it’s such an issue. If you don’t like the guy then don’t talk to him. Separate the art from the artist. If I refused to read/watch/play/become involved with the work of an artist just because I disagreed with them, then I’d never read, watch, play, anything, or speak to anyone, ever.
Teaghan Mitchell ^ whilst it may cause some.issues with other people they don’t have to talk to him. I really really want to meet him and will be upset if I can’t.
Jake Kahlia Lynch Woah had no idea he had done that! So disapointing Its important we all speak out on these issues so were glad Supanova have addressed it. Guests represent Supanova so its important to cut ties with people who do things like that.
Audrey Ryan He is a disgusting human being, and i wont be attending if he does as my father doesnt want me within 100 yards of such a disgrace.
I love supanova, but if i cant attend because you wont remove someone who is getting petitioned against then dont expect me to return.
Joshua James Braddy I feel like Brianna Wu’s sentiment hits the strongest for me. Essentially, that geek culture has struggled for a long time with being a welcoming place for women. Adam Baldwin’s actions standing directly opposed to this idea moving forward. My attendance of previous Supanovas’s has always been positive and a fantastic representation of gender diversity in the many subcultures of ‘geekdom’. I do not believe that celebrating someone who has actively participated in bullying and intimidation is in sync with the values of Supanova. Let it be known however; I would never support the rescinding of an invitation simply because someone’s values are not in sync with my own but this is much more than that. I do hope that Supanova decides to cancel his attendance, as the manner in which he has behaved can only be called hurtful at best, and dangerous at worst.
Rebecca Trent My house was split down the middle – no way on this earth will I spend cash getting his signature/photo, or time going to any panel he is on. My other half got all excited and put him on the MUST SEE/DO list as soon as I mentioned that he was coming – yet we have a common opinion of him as a person (which was formed long before gamergate happened). He’s not the main attraction, nor is one douchey celeb enough to stop me from attending one of the highlights of my year. If he’s here, great – if he’s not, great. It’s not going to stop my Supanova from being awesome, nor should it affect anyone elses.
Whatever happens, it looks like lots of people are going to be unhappy.