From Live Journal:
On Monday 24th February, at 7am the Chairs and the Events team of Loncon 3 announced to the Committee that the host for the Hugo Awards would be the TV host Jonathan Ross.
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This is a man who has made a fortune (6 million a year at one point) from abusing others—particularly women—live on air.
I spent all of this week arguing with the Chairs. It was made clear to me that this was not for the Committee to decide. It was further made clear to me, as the conversation progressed, that the Chairs knew in advance that I would be unhappy, and that one of the Chairs was not even prepared to discuss the issues of Jonathan Ross’s public abuse of women (that issue specifically: that Chair was prepared to discuss and excuse other issues).
By Wednesday I knew I had to resign. But:
–as Head of Exhibits I have built one to one relationships with many of the exhibitors. The only person they know in the organisation is myself.
–the Committee did not make this choice.
–if I forced a vote of non-confidence I could do serious damage to the Worldcon I care so much about.
So on Friday, I resigned from the Committee precisely so that I can continue to criticise this decision and encourage others to do the same. It is not too late to change this, even if we have to embarrass Mr Ross into withdrawing.
Link to the rest at Live Journal and thanks to Chris for the tip.