Should mention DragonCon
Of course, that was followed by some horrified disbelief at the shenanigans of Ed Kramer. I mentioned this story to a guy at CONvergence who did the mansplain thing of telling me that he doesn't know the details BUT the justice system isn't like that - because he believes that all court cases are unbiased and work to the best interest of judge and "we weren't there" (he said this even in regards to cases that were widely broadcast so that we pretty much had all the facts as the jury like OJ Simpson). It was a fascinating myopia and nothing I could say about the ways that Kramer has manipulated the justice system and the people around him could shake his belief that the justice system would delay a child molestation case for 13 years simply because they didn't want to deal with a creepy dude who could get his lawyers to file more delays and requests.
The 2004 story where he suddenly found his Jewish faith pretty much pushed me over the edge from distaste to hatred.
But now DragonCon has finally divorced itself from Ed Kramer after years of claiming that they couldn't do it. I know that for insiders it is more complicated. I know that there is a lot of manipulation involved and a lot of effort to get over manipulation. We would all rather believe the best of people and the justice system rather than confront the fact that we got manipulated.
So no more DragonCon Boycott. The DragonCon attendees can go with the knowledge that at least this year, they won't be funding a pedophile's perversion of the justice system.
I'm not going. Even if I had the money. Even if I was invited as a guest, I wouldn't go. The people in charge of DragonCon have displayed a rank cowardice and a sleazy commitment to outright lying to people. But I am not going to judge the people going. At this point, they are just going to a convention run by people who are sleazy. We all give money to sleazy businesses.
There is a difference between sleazy and fucking evil, and with Ed Kramer out of the picture, DragonCon has pulled back to merely sleazy.