Now that the weekend is over, more information is coming out and previously-reported items stand to be corrected. There is not much I can do to stop the original masterpost (which now contains inaccurate information) from being reblogged in a state that I am unable to edit, but I would like to provide this list of corrections that I will try to keep as up-to-date as possible.
As of 7/14/14, 7:21 PM EST:
- The lower hotel staff was not aware of what was going on during the “$17,000 Fiasco,” hence the general thought that it was possibly a scam. However, it has been noted that after the $17,000 Fiasco, hotel management and DashCon admins had a closed meeting that resolved any room lock-outs and threats of the convention being shut down, lending credit to the claim that the $20,000 demand did indeed come from the Renaissance.
- DashCon changed many of the panel descriptions without the knowledge or consent of the panelists. As such, descriptions did not accurately reflect the content of the panels or the attendees, and instead came off as offensive and became the target for misled mockery. (I’d personally like to apologize to the hosts of the Homoerotic Subtext panel; the schedule would have you think it was a panel dedicated to fetishizing gay subtext, something that truly strikes me as hypocritical when juxtaposed to the prevalent social justice crusades against the sexualization of women in media, but in reality it was about how queer baiting is problematic, the lack of femslash representation in fandoms, and many more fantastic topics. Congrats on having such a successful panel despite the rest of the issues at the convention!)
- The debate about minors being let into 18+ panels has yet to reach a verdict. Panelists are insisting that they didn’t allow underage kids into the rooms, but both anonymous and non-anonymous minors have come forward claiming that they were able to sneak into the panels. Please be patient as this develops and if you are able to provide any non-anonymous evidence or personal accounts on the matter, it would be greatly appreciated.
- On the topic of the BDSM 101 panel, the rumors about public masturbation and participants contracting STDs are false. The original posters have announced that it was a hoax.
- This post meant to be blaming 4chan for the DashCon debacle is intended as sarcasm.
- This video was originally shared with me under the impression that it featured one of the con admins. It has since been determined that this individual is not one of the admins and is instead simply an attendee describing his experience during the $17,000 Fiasco.
Finally, when I was originally answering the first anon message on my personal blog (at a point when I was not taking any of this seriously and had no idea it would go viral), I humorously exaggerated the comment that DashCon was primarily attended by “white kids in flower crowns” fetishizing homosexual ships in fandoms. This was an exaggeration based on the misleading DashCon schedule panel descriptions and the photos/videos that had been posted on the internet by that point, all of which had contained only white attendees as far as I was able to discern.
As it stands, yes, there were many flower crowns to be seen, and there was also a great amount of diversity represented at the convention. Again, my apologies for the misinformation and for any harm it caused.
Thank you all for bearing with me; the last few days have been a whirlwind, and now that the convention is over and it’s gone viral, there are many rumors being spread. I will try my best to disprove any inaccuracies. And just a reminder, I am an uninvolved third party looking to share sources to verifiable information regarding this convention, investigating as necessary to determine the truth of what occurred this weekend at DashCon. I am not an attendee, I am not a staff member, I am not a panelist nor a guest who has been influenced by direct personal involvement with the convention and am instead approaching it from a detached academic perspective. Nothing more, nothing less.