I want to emphasize that Atlanta conventions in general are very good at not standing for harassment of any kind. DragonCon, for instance, has very strong rules in place against it. Nevertheless, when a person who has a real media connection uses his credentials to engage in inappropriate behavior towards women at any convention, that should concern us all.
The incident in question arose in New York at Comic Con. A man with a film crew who has a YouTube channel called Man Banter. You can read more about it on the Daily Dot here.
This sort of behavior is disgusting enough but it becomes even more so when it turns out the man behind the actions was Mike Babchik, who works for SiriusXM radio and who used his Sirius credentials to gain access to the convention.
As a result of this action, the organization 18 Million Rising has started a petition to have Babchik fired from SiriusXM. Comic Con is already tightening its harassment rules but there needs to be strong action to send a message that conventions are places for fun and not for insult and harassment.
While 18 Million Rising seeks to advocate on behalf of Asian Americans, in this case it does not matter what ethnicity or gender you are. You can sign this petition and speak out on behalf of cosplayers and con-goers everywhere.
If you would like to sign the petition you can do so by clicking on the link.
It is time to let Babchik and his kind know that real men don't harass women.