Suicide Girls booted from San Diego Comic Con…

And not because someone finally said “HEY WHY ARE THERE STRIPPERS* AT A FAMILY FRIENDLY CONVENTION.” No, because they might have sold something to a minor because the idiot working at the SG booth didn’t check for an I.D. While I’m glad they aren’t allowed back, what gets me is why were they even there in the fucking first place. All of these conventions claim to be “family friendly”, yet at Wizard World Philly I saw Suicide Girls, and then right across there was some other booth of hookers offering free massages. Right out there in the open. And while I will usually be the last to scream “WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!” I must say, won’t someone think of the children? And yes, a parent should be there to make sure their kid doesn’t buy porn, but it’s a little hard to avoid that booth when it’s right in the middle of the convention.

Take Otakon for example. They keep ALL of their adult material (or rather, the showings, as well as the adult art show) in a separate room/rooms. The only way to get in to see any of that stuff, is by showing your I.D. I can safely say, from experience, that the people working at that convention due in fact check I.D’s. While there are dealers and artists who have adult material, even they are thoughtful and do stop people and warn them or check for I.D’s. Otakon also has a somewhat enforced dress code, which is also a plus. Otakon also calls itself family friendly, and I can agree. They are. Wizard World conventions? Maybe not so much.

Which brings me too this; Wizard World claims to be a comic book convention. They really need to just call themselves a multi-geek fandom convention. Do you want a good example of a real comic con? Baltimore Comic Con. Every guest is involved with comics in some way. There are no washed up actors, wrestlers, America’s Next Top Model winners, Star Trek guests, nor are there Suicide Girls. Just comics. I’m dead serious.

-Lauren

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/events/suicide-girls-comic-con-banned/

*Or “alternative model”, whatever. I’m not even mad about SG being a site where girls show their boobies. More power to them. But back in the day that site required age verification, which to me doesn’t scream family oriented.

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