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David Goldberg
· February 18, 2018
Absolutely the best organization for young children.
Barnaby Yeh
February 18, 2013
If you TRULY cared for the future of our people... you would go look at this national document we have, a little-known book known by the name of TORAH. Then you should look up the term "chillul Hashem..." while you're at it.

Otherwise, we here at the lower reaches of Benei Israel will continue to feel justified at how out of touch organizations such as yourself, are.

Sincerely,
A Proud God-Fearing Jew
and
A Volunteer of "That Other Convention Filled With Smelly Nerds"
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Karl Sethers
February 20, 2013
I would like to say I've shared convention space with sports fans- a social niche that has been stereotyped for hostilities towards nerds- and received far more respect than the convention goers of Ka...tsuCon received.
Your official stance seems to be "Well you guys did a little bit of it too", when it seems anything done on our end was a very mild retaliation. If we had no issues sharing convention space with jocks, why would we suddenly have problems with you, unless you brought the issues?
You shame God.
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Jackson Kelli
February 19, 2013
The events at Katsucon have shown your group to be hateful, poorly behaved, and an overall embarrassment to both your community and others.
You people should be ashamed of yourselves, allowing such t...errible things to go on. See More
Rebecca Hawk
February 18, 2013
I would like to share a screencap of a tweet made by one of your own attendees:

http://distilleryimage9.instagram.com/26782bc2783f11e29dc322000a1f9c8f_7.jpg...

It would seem that the precious children your chaperones were trying to protect from our "corruption" were already well on the path to judgmental thinking in the first place. I hope your leaders managed to talk about open mindedness and tolerance to these kids.
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Holli Kay
February 18, 2013
It is cowardly that you are deleting the posts made by people who are deeply concerned with how your organization acts in the public eye. You really should be ashamed of yourselves and try to act a li...ttle more respectful to others. Until then, I hope you are never allowed to stay at the Gaylord ever again. See More
Jeremy Jifty Roman
February 18, 2013
Control information, delete dissenting opinion, bully people into compliance. I think someone learned the wrong lesson from the fascists.

To repost what I said earlier (and I *will* be reposting this... every time you delete this):

They acted like entitled little brats, and I'm talking about their supposedly adult supervisors. Many of the kids were worse. They insulted, harrassed, cornered, and, in one case, sexually assaulted Katsucon attendees. They destroyed hotel property. They cut off direct access to the garage, forcing Katsucon attendees, many of whom had disabilities, to walk out the front entrance and around in the freezing air if they needed to get to their cars. They prevented people from using elevators that were close to their rooms because it was "theirs". They prevented Katsucon attendees from accessing parts of the hotel, but not keeping their attendees out of our areas.

Seriously, it was something out of the West Bank, or maybe 1930s Germany. You'd think they, of all people, would have learned. But no, *we* were the bad influence on *their* kids.

Thankfully it looks like they are not invited back.
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Yaryna Onufriychuk
February 18, 2013
I politely ask the BBYO to make a public apology for the events that happened the weekend of February 14-17, and to condemn such behaviour at future International Conferences. The behaviour from membe...rs of your organisation, especially the adult staff, was nothing short of despicable. Yes, your community service is admirable. However, that does not wipe out the abuse done to attendees of Katsucon, the staff and management of the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, and attendees of your International Conference who only wanted to mingle with Katsucon attendees, but were forcibly removed and harassed by BBYO staff. Yes, abuse happened on both sides, but the abuse done by members of BBYO was much, much worse. Physical assault, sexual assault, and outright bullying, both in person and through social media, should be condemned, especially if it is from members BBYO who do not represent the true mission of your organisation. Additionally, deleting comments on your Facebook page that actively air concerns about what happened only makes it worse. Please apologise.

(Oh, and to the BBYO attendee who complimented my friend’s Mulan costume in the staircase on Saturday, thank you! You made our day!)
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James Towne
February 19, 2013
Reposting since BBYO has resorted to censorship.

Yeah people are saying that Katsucon attendees were tossing insults and stuff back as well, but lets think about this for a second....

Most anime congoers are more or less used to sharing hotel space with other events. Happens all the time. Most anime congoers have a "You leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. You treat me with respect, I'll treat you with respect" attitude. I'm not gonna say that's the morally superior option to go by, however what that does mean that most of the ill will from katsu goers was simply retaliatory in nature.

One glaring facet of this whole thing is the contradiction that BBYO has shown between it's message and how it's members behave. Looking at BBYO members' posts and tweets and their posters at the Gaylord, they go on about Leadership, Community, the Future, Inspiration, Service, Unity, all that good shit you hear any other youth leadership group go on about.

If you're going around billing yourself as something so wonderful and inspirational and great, then fucking act like it. Bullying people who are different from you does not promote Unity. Tearing people's clothes off is not Service. Segregation and Restriction is not Leadership and Community.

At that point, you're not an inspirational, wonderful leader of tomorrow, you're nothing but a hypocrite. And nothing loses our respect faster than a hypocrite.

That said, it seemed to me personally that most of your kids were simply apathetic at worst. A few were very friendly and open, and that was great. Your staff ought to learn from those remarkable individuals. However with a group of your size, a relatively small percentage of bad apples can make a terrible impact. I think in the future you ought to think about how to minimize that negative impact.
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Tori Blanshire
February 18, 2013
I thought the golden rule was found everywhere, but I hardly saw it at the BBYO/Katsucon. I encountered a few teens who were sweet from BBYO, but I mostly received dirty looks and was even called a "f...reak" by a chaperon. An adult called me a freak. The only thing freaky here is that you, the BBYO, do not practice what you preach. I feel sorry for the kids who actually do practice peace and loving kindness, because they have to be around a bunch of hatemongers. To the teens who did practice the peace and loving kindness to us cosplayers by asking for photos, giving hugs/compliments, you are good people in my book and you are always welcome to any convention. See More
Nicky Grando
February 19, 2013
BBYO harassed and tormented many fellow cosplayers at katsucon this past weekend. One of which intentionally tripped my friend and also sexual harassed a poor girl and ripped off her clothes. You peop...le are discussing and very rude. An apology needs to be made public and stand up and take responsibility for your actions. As for the group that sexual harassed that girl and ripped her cosplay off your body I really hope charges will be pressed on you. See More
Alex Fisher
February 19, 2013
I have a good friend who attended Katsucon and she was physically bullied by BBYO members. That's shameful for anyone and twice so for an organization claiming to promote good morals
Chris Reid
February 19, 2013
I really hope to never see your group again. All the trouble you caused during katsucon 19 made me really want to get your convention ejected from the Gaylord national. Between your teens trying to sn...eak in to katsucon repeatedly, your adults being rude, selfish, and trying to block public halls, next time there will be no holds barred if I see any such behavior again. I WILL see to it that hotel staff is aware of it. See More
Benjamin Goldstein
February 19, 2013
This behavior does not surprise me that much. I was in BBYO and AZA, some of the things that would be said in our meetings would make George Carlin blush.
Michael Fish
February 18, 2013
I look back at older recommendations and it truly saddens me that people can so easily destroy something that is so loved by others. If there was truly any remorse for such actions I'd like to believe... that someone would have apologized by now. Sadly this does not seem to be the case. Delete this if you like but enjoy the shame of this memory regardless...........disappointing to say the very least. See More
Joe Von Dühm
February 19, 2013
An official apology by your organization would be appreciated regarding the actions of your conventioneers this weekend in National Harbor would be appreciated and wise.
Rocio Almodovar Gallardo
February 20, 2013
Thank you for apologizing. I am sorry for my fellow Katsucon goers who are disrespectful. Two wrongs don't makes it right.
Mindi Lang Benarde
March 5, 2013
Last year's trip was the trip of a lifetime for my son. He loved it, made wonderful friends and the trip was jammed packed with everything a teenager loves to do. Now, Im on a journey to help him m...ake the next one happen. See More
Kai BarrZakh
February 18, 2013
Hello BBYO
I attended Katsucon and id just like to get a few things off my chest.
I feel you guys owe Katsucon goers a public apology for being so rude....
Your staffs need to be more adult like and handle situations calmly. My friends and i did not know we were standing on a restricted area and a few staffs started shouting at us like if we were animals. Later on that same day a few of the kids from your group started harassing my friend and I, we tried avoiding them but they kept bothering us and following my group. No matter how hard we tried they wouldn't leave us alone and they ended up shoving us into a wall
Now, im sure you guys go over rules with your BBYO members but maybe if there will ever be a next time, you should definitely enforce the "KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF" rule
I mean seriously they teach it to preschoolers.
I heard a few katsucon attendees were saying really messed up things but putting your hands on others to cause them bodily harm is way worse.
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