You have no idea.
Now, you remember on Tuesday that I let everyone know that BotCon was making its triumphant return after leaving us unceremoniously in 2016. I was excited; holy slag, was I ever excited to hear this news.
Now that excitement, that enthusiasm, has been dampened. Massively. It all boils down to one name in the fandom.
It seems that Pete is involved with this. His RoboCon this year will feature exclusives for BotCon and he seems to be involved with next year’s show somehow. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem; Pete’s a decent guy in public.
It’s on social media where everything goes straight to hell and why I’m so conflicted about this.
Pete Sinclair posts truly awful things on his Facebook page. He’s liked truly awful tweets as the face of the Official Transformers Collectors Convention. He’s said things on his Facebook page that are fairly damned vile.
Pete might be a nice seeming guy face to face, but on social media, he’s an absolutely horrible excuse for a human being. There is absolutely no reason to defend what the man has said and done on Facebook and Twitter. He’s shown his true colors there and they are anything but beautiful or like a rainbow. So no, I do not want him anywhere near another BotCon, not now and not ever. Pete shows zero intention of changing and I have no desire to give someone who acts this way any of my money.
Which is why I’m so damned conflicted now. Hearing that BotCon has returned makes my giddy, but having Pete’s name attached makes me nauseous. I literally don’t want to give him my support in any way, shape, or form. Yes, he’s that awful on Facebook!
So yeah, my good mood has taken a bit of a downturn. Now, it’s not like the convention is happening really soon–it’s scheduled for next year–so that gives me some hope that things might change, that Pete might wise up and either act like a decent human being or step down, one of the two. I’d prefer him stepping down, but if he could pull his head out of his backside and knock it off with the shitty behavior, I’ll take that as a step in the right direction.
But I seriously doubt it’s going to happen.
Whatever the probability, if Hasbro does sponsor BotCon again, they will see Pete’s behavior as a liability to NOT be associated with given how BotCon has become a family show and cut him loose. Or if BC returns as unofficial, hopefully the organizers will see the light (and loss of dollar signs) if he continues to be a part of it. Either way, not a good business decision.
There is a reason why the saying, “Loose lips sink ships” holds such resonance even today e.g. the firing of Roseanne by ABC/Disney…
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This so much. Pete’s a nice guy in reality, but online? Ugh. Seriously. UGH. And he doesn’t seem to get why what he’s posting is such a problem.