Saturday, June 05, 2021

JDA defeats Worldcon

Jon Del Arroz, Rislandia publisher, Arktoons contributor, and the Leading Hispanic Voice in Science Fiction, recently reached a settlement in his long-running legal dispute with Worldcon. For those of you who have no idea what that is, Worldcon is the organization of SJW science fiction fans that runs the annual convention that gives out the Hugo Awards.

Jon sent me an email to post here explaining what happened:

In early 2017, Vox Day gave me a platform on this blog to speak the truth about how the science fiction publishing and fandom communities had become nothing more than toxic, gossip-filled political arms of the extreme Satanist, globalist elites. It was the first time I’d been unpersonned by SJWs trying to target me and my family over politics and he gave me the advice: “Learn to go public. One reason they get away with it is because everyone they do it to tries to keep it quiet. You shouldn't.”

I named names, I exposed what was going on, and made a name for myself many of you know in science fiction and comics, of which I thank the readers of VP so much for your support over the years. It hasn’t been without its trials, however, the unpersoning continued with Worldcon 76 in San Jose, who banned me because I told them I had safety concerns about being physically attacked based on death threats made to me online, and they refused to even respond about assurances of security at their convention.

They took it a step further, going to their website and social media citing they were removing “racist bullying” from their convention, libeling me, a Hispanic man who is very proud of my heritage in the process.

I followed Vox’s lead and decided to fight it with everything I had. We filed suit for defamation and have been engaged in a long court battle for nearly 4 years. Finally, WorldCon opted to settle and wrote me a formal, public apology and gave us financial compensation:

SFSFC acknowledges the importance of reputation, especially for a relatively new author, and regrets that its public statement about barring his attendance might have led people unfamiliar with Mr. Del Arroz and his work to infer that he is or was a racist. For that, SFSFC apologizes. This attendance ban was specific to the Worldcon 76 events produced by SFSFC, and Mr. Del Arroz has the same opportunity as other members of the public to register for future SFSFC events. Worldcon 76 does not tolerate discrimination in any form — including through cosplay — based on but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or physical/mental health conditions. SFSFC firmly believes that healthy political discourse requires active, mutual, good faith participation by members of the community with differing opinions.

Kevin Roche

Chair, Worldcon 76 in San Jose

President, San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc.

We are in dark times, but there is light and there is good. Even though it can seem overwhelming, you can fight the good fight, you can win. It isn’t easy, you can’t be low energy, and you must never concede, but know that truth will prevail. We follow the one true light of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, and through him we will be his beacon and bring about his kingdom. It’s preordained. We have already won, and the lesson is to never be afraid of evil. Deus vult. 

The SJWs at File 770 are doing their thing, attempting to transmogrify victory into defeat for Jon. Of course, being SJWs, they would deny that Jon won anything even if the entire Worldcon leadership was personally beheaded by the presiding judge and the entire contents of their meager bank accounts were presented to him on a golden platter.

Not every victory will be fast, flawless, or result in a large financial payout. Much more often, the best that one can reasonably expect to do is a public apology, a retreat from arbitration, the return of the filing fees, or the imposition of expenses that are essentially a rounding error to a massive corporation that one wouldn't expect to even notice. But a victory is a victory, and more importantly, these victories stack over time to send a very strong message to everyone that converged individuals and organizations cannot continue to behave in the way they have been behaving.

Consider Amazon. Even mighty Amazon had to drop its mandated arbitration policy, and it now faces three class action lawsuits because 75,000 customers brought consumer arbitrations against it. Each individual arbitration was a tiny drop in the bucket to the corporate giant, but collectively, they were enough to force Amazon to retreat and change its anti-consumer policies.

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Blogger Gregory the Tall June 05, 2021 5:53 AM  

Filing fee 10000
X 75000
= 750 million
Did they pay this or did they weasel out of it?
WSJ euphemistically: "tens of millions"

Blogger artensoll June 05, 2021 6:21 AM  

Looking good Mr D. Excellent job, well done.

Blogger Teleport me off this rock June 05, 2021 7:02 AM  

The comments at Glyer's Sad Place are mental gymnastics performed by land whales who've all lost limbs to diabetes.

Blogger Solon June 05, 2021 7:02 AM  

An inspiring and hopeful story. Thank you Vox for bringing it to our attention.

JDA is absolutely correct: no matter how dark things seem to be, they only seem that way to those to whom it seems. God has already won. If you and I can live in that assurance, through faith, loyalty to an unseen reality, then it will appear in our world, no matter how small the victory may look to us, it is victory nonetheless.

You can only lose if you stop fighting. We are told to be Christ-like: be the Light of the World, as He is, and you will not taste defeat.

God bless you Vox, JDA, and everyone who fights the good fight.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 05, 2021 7:25 AM  

More good work from Jon. I'm still holding out hope that "racist" is disqualified as political rhetoric instead of the usual right wing tendency to try and "educate" them liberals or try the faggy arsed "Democrats are the real racists" spiel.

Blogger basementhomebrewer June 05, 2021 7:46 AM  

The people at 770 don't appear to understand a settlement is a negotiation and both sides get input to the process. They act as if Worldcon threw scraps at Jon and he had no choice but to accept them.

Blogger Shane Bradman June 05, 2021 8:09 AM  

I've heard from people that worked for Amazon that on day 1 they tell you that you're not allowed to unionize. Unfortunately for Amazon, you can't stop people from joining a union, and if they haven't already realised this, they will.

Blogger Seeingsights June 05, 2021 8:12 AM  

It appears that Jon Del Arroz used Alinsky Rule #4:

"Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules."

SJWs say that they fight bigotry. Jon Del Arroz sued the SJWs in the science fiction community for not living up to what they say.

I've proposed two additional rules for the Right:

Addendum #1: Use your opponent's tactics against them

The Left for decades has used litigation to achieve their goals. Here, Jon Del Arroz used litigation against his left wing enemies.

Addendum #2: Use all lawful means to hurt your opponent.

The lawful actions that Jon Del Arroz took against his opponent are suing and speaking to others about his battle.

Blogger JamesB.BKK June 05, 2021 8:15 AM  

This is concerning: "Worldcon 76 does not tolerate discrimination in any form — including through cosplay — based on but not limited to . . . mental health conditions."

Are they really aiming for murderous psychopaths to be exempt? I guess it's an opening negotiating position so that diddlers acceptable.

Blogger Balkan Yankee June 05, 2021 8:17 AM  

Appreciate the tenacity. Thank you for the morale booster.

Blogger Living in a Fallen World June 05, 2021 8:25 AM  

Good job, JDL.

I hope to see more lawsuits in the future, taking folks like Scalzi and Jim C. Hines and Mary Robinette to task for their abusive rhetoric.

If Scalzi had to face a lawsuit every time he used his business platform to libel someone, he might eventually get the message.

Forcing these lawsuits would be much more interesting than the typical "tsk, tsk, libel is hard to win" spiel from Wormtongues who want you to give up before you start.

Blogger Star Tipper June 05, 2021 8:45 AM  

I enjoyed the gamma whining "we really won" over on File 770. I saw a few gloating that JDA is still banned on FB and Twitter. But he is alive and well on Social Galactic.

Blogger traderdoc June 05, 2021 9:22 AM  

The Via Crucis was never meant to be easy.

Blogger TMThinker June 05, 2021 9:27 AM  

Aw, c’mon, now. The limbs are still there. The truth is limb use has been negated by their enfolding cellulite. This makes said limbs appear vestigial.

Blogger Silent Draco June 05, 2021 9:29 AM  

Roche exposed the other fault line. Each convention is put on by a local organization, and the liability is on them. SF got nuked. Succeeding organizers will want to purchase liability insurance. Insurers may look at the whole story first. A little due diligence, and they'll back away politely, or tack on substantial fees, meaning a ruinous admission price. Ruin them with lawfare and logistics.

Blogger Lightning in My Hands June 05, 2021 9:36 AM  

They have the audacity to reject his proposal to make him their next Diversity & Inclusivity Officer?

Blogger Jab Burrwalky June 05, 2021 9:49 AM  

Indeed. They are hard, but not impossible, and the typical gamma spite-sperging helps the plaintiff.

The process is also punishing and stressful in itself. Especially if the claim is credible enough for "good faith" and both sides pay their own legal fees. Defendant is still out 3k-10k just for fighting back. Multiply that by every sperg-post from these gammas and it adds up fast.

Blogger ChewbacaTW June 05, 2021 10:14 AM  

Congratulations JDA! Deterrence is a gift to those who fight on "general principle". Your victory will pay dividends.

Blogger James Dixon June 05, 2021 10:30 AM  

> Even mighty Amazon had to drop its mandated arbitration policy,

For those non-WSJ subscribers wishing to read the article:

Blogger Tars Tarkas June 05, 2021 10:32 AM  

basementhomebrewer wrote:The people at 770
People? Vile creatures.

Congrats john.

Blogger lowercaseb June 05, 2021 10:36 AM  

and the entire contents of their meager bank accounts were presented to him on a golden platter.

For those that mock.. that $17.00 could be put to good use.

Blogger Lou Antonelli June 05, 2021 11:39 AM  

It's just whistling in the graveyard from the idiots and assholes at File 770. The Devil gives his servants power - they are so unaccustomed to losing that this completely rattles them.

Blogger Chris Lopes June 05, 2021 12:23 PM  

"The SJWs at File 770 are doing their thing, attempting to transmogrify victory into defeat for Jon."

I'll have to take your word on that. The last time I went there was during the Puppy Wars. Reality was/is not their friend.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan June 05, 2021 12:31 PM  

Thinking longer term perhaps a generation out who is going to protect the white liberal twinks and their cultural twink obsessions? Unless the colored folk abandon their ways for idiot Western liberalism the white twinks will be accused of witchcraft as much as looked to for guidance.

Blogger rcocean June 05, 2021 12:32 PM  

This is great! People need to fight back, and I love the idea of suing Scalzi every time he libels someone on his blog and twitter. If you don't fight, they win. BTW, I've noticed a complete lack of interest in the Hugo Awards. They've lost any credibility they had. Of Course, Scalzi would say "I don't care, we meant to do that".

Blogger Azimus June 05, 2021 5:57 PM  

I applaud stalwart reliliancy, Mr Arroz. Contgratulations, and many happy returns!

Blogger Valar Addemmis June 07, 2021 12:19 AM  

JamesB.BKK wrote:This is concerning: "Worldcon 76 does not tolerate discrimination in any form — including through cosplay — based on but not limited to . . . mental health conditions."

Are they really aiming for murderous psychopaths to be exempt? I guess it's an opening negotiating position so that diddlers acceptable.

I think they're looking at it from the opposite direction. For instance, if you wanted to cosplay as a character who shouts Deus Vult while killing pedophiles (the closest who comes to mind for me would be Guts from Berserk), you'd be in violation of their policy against cosplay that discriminates against the mentally il.

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