FurCon 2016 – Cafe FC: A Classic American Diner
January 14th-18th 2016, San Jose California
We’re cooking up something big for 2016! Excuse the delay while we prepare our themed website—great food takes lots of love!
As some of you have heard, footage filmed at FC2015 aired on a two-minute segment on national “news magazine” program Inside Edition. This filming was done without the knowledge of or permission by Further Confusion, Anthropomorphic Arts and Education, Inc., Team San Jose, or the attendees depicted.
We are proud to have a visible presence in downtown San Jose, and as such we receive a fair number of media requests during the year–some from professional news organizations, some from blogs and other internet media, and some from enthusiastic community members working on personal projects. Our dedicated media liaisons carefully vet every request to ensure that we can share our community without impairing our guests’ freedom to be themselves. Our liaisons issue media passes in accordance with the Media Policy in our Code of Conduct, which require written permission for commercial use of photography and video taken at FC.
Inside Edition’s producers contacted FC before the convention, shortly after their program covered an incident that occurred at Midwest Furfest this last December. Based on concerns about the nature of their story, we declined them permission to film, and declined follow-up requests they sent after FC2015. It appears the Inside Edition crew registered for the convention (i.e. they weren’t trespassing), but we are certain they did not receive any sort of media permission. Inside Edition’s producers did not mention their appearance or footage in any follow-up requests, and FC staff became aware of the footage only on the morning of Wednesday February 11, when the trailer and segment were posted online.
In response to this incident, we are looking into registration and security solutions for future years, and have reached out to our venue and city contacts to evaluate our options for recourse. We are unhappy with Inside Edition’s disregard for our Code of Conduct and the privacy of attendees, and furthermore we find it inexcusable that Inside Edition chose not to make those filmed aware that they would be on TV. We apologize for this intrusion into FC, and will do our absolute best to prevent similar events from happening in future years.
You can help: If you see any unescorted interviews, TV cameras, or professional media during FC, please notify our Convention Operations in person or by calling or texting the number on the back of your badge. Though we do our very best, your participation helps keep all areas of FC as safe and secure as they can be.
If you have any additional questions or feedback about this matter, please email us at [email protected].
-Jeff “Dax” Bowman
Harassment and Assault
“No” means no. “Stop” means stop. “Go away” means go away.
If someone won’t understand these simple rules, please contact FLARE. Harassment is any behavior that intentionally annoys or alarms another person. Unintentional or misinterpreted behaviors may also cause feelings of harassment. This includes unwanted physical or verbal contact, following someone in a public area without a legitimate reason, or threatening physical violence. Offenders may lose their badges and the matter may be referred to the proper law enforcement authorities. If you are being harassed, we strongly encourage you to immediately contact FLARE through a nearby convention volunteer or by calling or texting their number on the back of your registration badge.
Additionally, the act of wearing a costume or fursuit does not grant license for anybody to make inappropriate or suggestive comments, gestures, or unwanted physical contact with costumed attendees. Further Confusion is proud to play host to a wide variety of costuming, including but not limited to: mascot-style fursuits, video game and pop culture cosplay, fantasy/sci-fi genre cosplay, etc., and we wish to provide a positive and safe environment for costumers to enjoy.
We’ve also drafted some signs you may see around the con space:
— =^.^= Latte ☕ (@Latte_fox) December 21, 2014
What does this mean for you as an attendee?
- The point is: make sure your interaction is welcome. This doesn’t have to be verbal, but if you’d like to offer a hug to someone you don’t know, it may be most polite to ask. The important part is to give them a chance to decline, and respect that.
- The rule is here to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable, and has a good time—particularly around people they don’t know. It’s not to keep you and your friends from having fun together, or to keep you from hugging anyone if you and they are both happy with it.
- The same rules apply to everyone, costume or not. It’s just emphasizing parts of the existing code of conduct.
- If you’re okay with random unsolicited hugs, that’s fine! Say so, or put it on a badge. We just don’t want it to be the assumption for all costumers.
- If you are in costume, and you feel harassed, tell the person. If you don’t feel comfortable, or they don’t listen, tell con staff or FLARE.
If you have any questions or feedback about this, please let us know at [email protected].
Jeff “Dax” Bowman