I'm sure most attendees saw the following:
Other forbidden costumes include the following:
- Modern Para-Military
- Modern Military
And ANY costume that could be misunderstood as threatening in the current political climate.
Rovers has the right to decide if your costume meets the criteria for a forbidden costume.
I do want to take some time to address this issue, because it's a hot topic, and has at least a few people very upset. I do know that this is not going to "explain it away," "make it all better," or even appease a few of you, but I am hoping the explanation may help you understand its intent.
When FanimeCon comes in and takes over most of downtown, there is a bit of a balancing act going on. We are a generally fun, energetic crowd, but we have our issues. In order to keep using the San Jose Convention Center, and surrounding facilities, it is often necessary to work within their comfort zones. In this case, by limiting militaristic costuming.
Unfortunately, the timing was awful. It was intended to be in the policy from the get-go, but due to human error, it got lost during the revision process. By the time we realized it was no longer in the printed policies, the convention had started, and an addendum, the
addendum, was created. There is no good way to tell someone that their costume is no longer allowed.
I want to make it clear that nobody
was happy about this addendum. Division heads were unhappy they had to address a problem like this during
con. Rovers were unhappy about having to enforce something this drastic mid-convention. Cosplayers were unhappy about being told their costume was no longer allowed. Generally, it was the cause of a lot of irritation and misery.
This rule is unlikely to go away in 2012, but we are attempting to mitigate it in the future. It will be revisited this year, and a final policy will be in place well before
FanimeCon 2012 begins. We will be working closely with the facilities-- SJCC, the Hilton, the Marriott, and SJPD-- to ensure their comfort and happiness. We would also like to work with you-- our members-- to find as close to a happy medium as possible.
The major issue is removing "gray area" as much as possible; if we allow some and not all, it becomes a judgment call, and the question will become "Why is that costume ok when mine is not?" As I'm sure you can understand, a "None" policy is much easier to enforce evenly (though much less pleasant for everyone involved.)
In an effort to create a compromise, and ensure member input, I'd like to ask you for suggestions. I don't mean "Hey, that's crap," or other negativity. Nor do I mean removing it completely, because it, in some form, is here to stay for the time being. What I would like to establish is a solid policy, something which can be evenly enforced, which has concrete standards of judgment, rather than leaving it up to the individual attempting to enforce it. If you have suggestions (and I do mean suggestions
rather than complaints), please PM or email me with them.