Sometimes there are things that it are not worth fighting over and sometimes there are things that are worth dying in the ditch for. This might involve burning some bridges. It might involve offending some people I like and respect. But this is my ditch.Honestly, I think some of the stuff I’ve read online and some of the shite I’ve had people spit in my face in the last few hours has been hysterical.I enjoy the work I do for the BSFA. I think I have contributed a fair amount over the last (slightly more than) a decade. But, tonight, I’m wondering what’s the point. I’ll be at the BSFA table from 10am tomorrow morning. If you want to try and bully someone, vent your spleen or protest – come and see me – it might be your last chance.
"The "humour" in his speech was far too in-jokey. Now, I like a good in joke. Note, good in joke. And even then they should be used with caution. Meaney's speech was one in "joke" after another which relied on you being "in" for longer than I've been alive.That is not the image of fandom I want to see. It is not the image I want putting out of any organisation I am a member of. It excludes.Worse, it reflects on non-members as well and reflects on fandom in a completely inappropriate way."
"Earlier in your comment you provided some make and information that may well be helpful in helping me to start asking why some of his jokes were meant to be funny. This is the other reason I felt excluded. There is a place for in jokes. The BSFA Awards is definitely one of those places. But John's speech was nothing but in joke relying on recognising author photos from before I was born and then knowing everything about them.I came back later in the evening for Ian Sorenson's play. This had the same problem this year. A lot of very Eastercon in jokes which, had this been my first convention would probably have put me off (I'm immune to the awful puns). But even that had the awful puns and the jokes for people who weren't decades long Fans."