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Official Anthrocon Announcement Regarding Media (and some words about Darrel)

Hey folks,

Uncle Kage does not have a Live Journal, so he asked me to repost this here. It clarifies a number of things regarding Darrel Exline and the recent media fiasco at Confurence, as well as clarifying Anthrocon's media policy.

If there are any questions or comments, Uncle Kage can be reached via e-mail at <ceo at anthrocon.org>.

We all know what happened at Confurence.

I have seen a lot of rumors flying, most of them villifying Darrell
Exline. I won't have that. Darrell and I have had our differences, but
he is a man who lost many thousands of dollars of his own money in a
desperate effort to keep life in his convention. The reason he did that
was to continue to provide people with the opportunity to get together and
have fun. It was something he believed in, something important enough to
risk his own financial stability to promote. Whether or not you agree
with his methods, at least respect the effort he put forth. Take that
from one who knows just how much that takes out of a person. He did this
for you. Does that mean nothing?

People have said that Darrell was paid for this, and took the money as a
"sell out" of the fandom. That is hogwash. The *hotel* received $4000
from the filmmakers for the right to film there. Not a penny of that was
applied to any of ConFurence's debt. Take it from me -- hotels do not
work that way.

People have said that Darrell did this deliberately as a means of
destroying the fandom. That is also hogwash. Why would a man who gave so
much want to do such a thing? The truth is that he took a calculated
risk. The people who contacted him made a lot of high-minded promises and
made it sound as though it would be something wonderful. Darrell no doubt
believed that he would have control of the situation. What he did not
consider was that these people have a wealth of experience in this
business. Getting out of control is what they do, and they do it well.

Darrell felt he would be doing something positive for the fandom. He
misjudged the sleaziness and deceiptfulness of the filmmakers, as well as
the amount of control he would have over the situation. I know. I get a
lot of emails from these people myself, and believe me, they can sound
VERY pursuasive. They plead, they promise, they cross their hearts and
hope to die, they tell you how much they respect you. It is very easy to
fall into their trap. It could have happened to any of us.

With this example, though, it is less likely to. Anthrocon has never
allowed tabloid TV shows in, and while I'm still breathing, it never will.

I recently received a request from TechTV to do a show on Anthrocon. It
sounded perfectly harmless, but then, they always do. Their description
of the show as highlighting the "funny, sexy, scary" side of the internet
was all I needed to hear. The answer they received was the same that they
all receive: "Anthrocon is a private event held on private property. Its
membership is not interested in being the subject of your documentary.
Thank you for your query."

That is all you need to say. To these people, the less said is the
better.

Anthrocon's policy on media coverage remains the same. We retain the
rights to all video and audio recordings made at our convention. They can
be used privately, but cannot be broadcast without our express written
permission. You agree to that when you get in, or you don't get in.

In conclusion:

Lay off of Darrell. Did he screw up? Perhaps. Sucks to be human
sometimes. Was it intentional? Of course not. Did he profit from it?
Hell, no. Does he feel badly about it? Hell, yes. How do I know all of
this? It's my job.

Will these two shows destroy our fandom? No way. We've had worse, and
we've come right back each time. We'll continue to do so. It's as I've
always said: they're just growing pains. Furry fandom is in its awkward
adolesence right now, and we must roll with these punches as we continue
on our way to maturity.

See you all in July.

-- Uncle Kage
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