Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76

The 2018 Worldcon committee has notified author Jon Del Arroz that his right to attend Worldcon 76 in person has been revoked. He will still be allowed to retain a supporting membership with Hugo voting rights. They made the announcement today on social media. Here is the Facebook version:

Worldcon 76 has chosen to reduce Jonathan Del Arroz’s membership from attending to supporting. He will not be allowed to attend the convention in person. Mr. Del Arroz’s supporting membership preserves his rights to participate in the Hugo Awards nomination and voting process. He was informed of our decision via email.

We have taken this step because he has made it clear that he fully intends to break our code of conduct. We take that seriously. Worldcon 76 strives to be an inclusive place in fandom, as difficult as that can be, and racist and bullying behavior is not acceptable at our Worldcon. This expulsion is one step towards eliminating such behavior and was not taken lightly. The senior staff and board are in agreement about the decision and it is final. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to share them here or in email at IRT@worldcon76.org

They added on Twitter:

545 thoughts on “Del Arroz Not Allowed To Attend Worldcon 76

  1. I’m looking forward to the endless victimhood claiming and assertions that it’s all about politics and not simply due to JdA’s jerkish behaviour.

    It would be nice if authors could find a less tedious way of marketing themselves to the Castalia House readership.

  2. Lucy Kemnitzer on January 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm said:
    Jon del Arroz has complained that it is racist for someone to suggest buying tacos for the Worldcon staff. Jon del Arroz doesn’t know much about San Jose, I guess.

    P J Evans on January 2, 2018 at 8:09 pm said:
    Clearly not. (He really ought to check the history of the city, too.)

    I first heard of JdA when he caused a kerfluffle over not being put on program at, I think, Baycon after having been on a few times before. The impression I had then was that he was a local.
    The bio on his website clearly says he lives in the San Francisco Bay area. No excuses!
    As for being the Leading Hispanic Voice in Science Fiction, I think my homeboy George Perez (among others) might have dibs.

  3. Robert Kroese:

    “Oh, you folks do love to pretend to be anonymous nobodies when it suits your purposes, don’t you?”

    Hi there! I’m not the least bit anonymous. I also do not think that we have to care much about the troll friends of del Arroz when they pretend to be clueless.

    For that matter, I had tacos for new years dinner. Good stuff!

  4. Robert Kroese on January 2, 2018 at 8:58 pm said

    Oh, you folks do love to pretend to be anonymous nobodies when it suits your purposes, don’t you?

    When I grow up I want to be an anonymous somebody.

  5. @Camestros Felapton,

    When I grow up I want to be an anonymous somebody.

    I am for some reason reminded of one of my favourite quotes:

    Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
    (Anonymous)

  6. I’m nobody, but I’ve got a name.

    And if, hypothetically, I’d been going around acting like a massive dick to people, and I’d got an invite to a party somewhere, and I’d said in public, “yay, I’m going to go to this party and act like a massive dick some more”, I would not be entirely surprised if that invitation were to be withdrawn.

    JdA’s bad reputation is entirely his own work, and the only person he needs “protecting” from is himself. (In my opinion. But, hey, what’s that worth? I’m nobody.)

  7. Robert Kroese:

    “Oh, you folks do love to pretend to be anonymous nobodies when it suits your purposes, don’t you?”

    Robert, as one of the people who has tangled with Mr. Del Arroz,(I am @princejvstin on twitter) I am relieved, quite frankly, to not have to run into him at Worldcon this year. Mr Del Arroz has violated my boundaries after asking him to respect them again and again and again.

  8. Er, is Robert Kroese suggesting that the File 770 crowd comprises a sort of Worldcon Deep State? If so, I must thank him for imputing to me more power than I have ever had over anything.

  9. @Robert Kroese: “Oh, you folks do love to pretend to be anonymous nobodies when it suits your purposes, don’t you?”

    You’ll have to determine for yourself if I’m either anonymous or a nobody. I recall meeting you a few years back. Got you to sign my iPad, in fact, and that in itself may be enough to jog your memory.

    I’ve enjoyed some of your work – Starship Grifters in particular – and I own but have not yet read Out of the Soylent Planet, the first three Dis books, Mercury Rising, and City of Sand. They appear to have potential, and SG literally had me laughing out loud in places.

    Your behavior here is making me rethink Aye, Robot’s placement on my wishlist, just as Larry Correia’s bad behavior has caused me to give up on his works. (He sent me a galley copy of Hard Magic, which I gave five stars. You can probably still find that review on Amazon, if you look.)

    Is this really the way you want to present yourself as a professional author?

  10. I don’t know about the rest of you anonymous nobodies, but I relish the fact that I personally get to decide everything bad that happens to JDA/JCW/or whichever social asshat has decided that common decency is for other people.

  11. @Robert Kroese: “Oh, you folks do love to pretend to be anonymous nobodies when it suits your purposes, don’t you?”

    I don’t pretend very hard. If you can’t find my real name in a few minutes of searching I’d be very surprised. Pretty sure I’m still a nobody.

    Still, I don’t think there was ever any prospect of my being at this con. I’m not terribly sorry that JdA won’t be there either, though I’m not entirely sure that his stated intent to disrupt a SFWA meeting would have been enough to see me banning him from the whole event. Perhaps there were other threats I’ve not seen.

    Incidentally, JdA often claims to be the leading hispanic SF writer. Was Philip José Farmer also hispanic? The middle name suggests it, and I always assumed he was, but I could be wrong.

  12. I totally understand why WorldCon 76 did this. However, my immediate feeling is sadness that it was necessary, not joy that it was done.

  13. Incidentally, JdA often claims to be the leading hispanic SF writer. Was Philip José Farmer also hispanic?

    I don’t think he was, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous superior claimants to the title. Daniel José Older for example. Junot Díaz is also good a candidate for the title. I believe Ty Franck is Hispanic as well.

  14. @NickPheas

    I don’t think PJF was hispanic – wikipedia says his middle name was in honour of an aunt Josie.

    But I would say that both Daniel and Malka Older are more high-profile than JdA. As is Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Carmen Maria Machado is a much better writer too, but she has only done short stories so far.

  15. I think we can take that claim as seriously as his claim that he has been blacklisted for being conservative and Christian.

    He’s a fundamentally dishonest troll who will happily lie and misrepresent any situation.

  16. @NickPheas: exhaustive and assiduous research, also known as “bunging a search phrase into a box”, turned up this list from Julie A. Rodruigez. Bizarrely, JdA’s name isn’t on it… perhaps the list pre-dates his meteoric rise to pre-eminence. It does contain several names, though, that even I recognize… and who are certainly more widely known, and better regarded (as writers and as human beings) than him.

  17. Thanks Steve.

    I note that that list shares my likely incorrect assumption about PJF.

  18. My wife made tacos for dinner last night. (I guess that made it Taco Tuesday.) We also had tacos (among many other things) for brunch on New Year’s day. Yum.

  19. Oh, you folks do love to pretend to be anonymous nobodies when it suits your purposes, don’t you?

    Hmm. Emily Dickinson’s timeless words seem to apply here.

    I’m Nobody! Who are you?
    Are you – Nobody – too?
    Then there’s a pair of us!
    Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!

    How dreary – to be – Somebody!
    How public – like a Frog –
    To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
    To an admiring Bog!

    (Har. That applied better then I thought it would.)

    Personally, I’d rather be an anonymous nobody than a public jackass.

  20. “Incidentally, JdA often claims to be the leading hispanic SF writer. Was Philip José Farmer also hispanic?”

    According to the Wikipedia, Farmer’s middle name came from his aunt Josie. He was born in Peoria and doesn’t seem to have a hispanic background.

  21. As far as I understand it, Jon Del Arroz wasn’t aware that the use of a body cam would be in violation of the CoC.

    If he promised to abide by those rules, I think he should be allowed to attend.

    I do believe the CoC should be taken seriously, and that Worldcon attendees should work together to make an inclusive, abuse-free convention. But until someone actually breaks the rules, we should take them at their word that they won’t.

  22. @Ivan, As I understand it, his past harassing behavior was as much of a factor, and there’s no fixing that. I am, being nobody, not privy to the details.

  23. Ivan, it’s not just the body cam. (And if you think he didn’t know that would violate both SFWA and Worldcon 76 rules, um. Bless your heart.)

  24. (Logging in from different computer, can’t remember how I do the icons, but the real Red Wombat. Accept no substitutes!)

    What gets me about it is that Alexandra Erin very nearly predicted this a few weeks back, talking about how a lot of people get on the internet, talk big, promise all kinds of bad behavior–and then are SHOCKED simply SHOCKED when somebody reads the internet and takes them at their word.

    It’s like they don’t know we can see them. You see this with all kinds of people, and you kinda want to go up to them and say “You know you’re saying this in public, right? And that other people can see you?”

  25. I can understand why a con would ban someone from attendance who engages in campaigns of harassment online. Jon Del Arroz even admits on social media that his campaigns are harassment, as he did when he called one of them “Operation: Troll The Shit Out Of SJW Sci-Fi Authors On Twitter.”

    But I think Worldcon has been unclear on what motivated the ban.

    The first reason it gave was this: “We have taken this step because he has made it clear that he fully intends to break our code of conduct.”

    The second: “racist and bullying behavior is not acceptable at our Worldcon.”

    Is he banned for declaring that he was going to wear a bodycam in private con areas like the SFWA suite, or something else? Wearing a cam could possibly be described as bullying but not racist, so there must be something else Del Arroz said or did that motivated the decision. Worldcon doesn’t explain this, however.

  26. @Ivan: It’s not just the use of a bodycam, which MIGHT be a source of confusion to someone who in good faith read the part about videotaping being allowed in general areas. It’s about JdA’s stated intention to wear his bodycam into the SFWA consuite – which is not a general area and therefore not permitted under any reading of the rules. Presumably, when this is coupled with his harassment history (which you can back up with his multiple tweets to his followers requesting to troll this or that person, if you prefer not to believe the actual harassed person) I think it quite reasonable for the staff to decide they weren’t being paid enough to deal with him.

  27. But until someone actually breaks the rules, we should take them at their word that they won’t.

    JDA has a long pattern of harassment of SFWA writers, both by his own actions and encouraging his followers to do so. He’s made numerous over-the-top claims regarding supposed attacks on himself and his family that he’s never provided an ounce of proof for while smearing the reputations of others. He’s been clear that his entire reason for joining the SFWA is to get access to the member only functions in which the targets of his harassment attend. There is nothing in his history that even hints that his motives for attending Worldcon are in any kind of good faith.

  28. I would think his history of drastically twisting people’s words to claim they are harassing or threatening him, when they clearly are not, would have something to do with it. He plans to wear a bodycam for his “protection?” I think in this post-James O’Keefe age, we know what a smarmy right wing provocateur means when he says he’s going to take video of people he has repeatedly publicly denounced. There will be video posted publicly, and it will be edited to make it as unflattering toward the SFWA and its members as possible. I see no reason why someone with such obvious destructive motivations would be allowed into the SFWA, the SFWA suite, or Worldcon.

  29. @Dex —

    He’s been clear that his entire reason for joining the SFWA is to get access to the member only functions in which the targets of his harassment attend.

    There was also that line about getting exposure so his stories would win both the Hugo and Nebula.

    Yes, I’m rolling my eyes.

  30. I’m somewhat split on this. The con could have waited until JDA showed up, did something and then banned him. JDA would still have claimed that he was being discriminated against, that he didn’t do anything wrong and the twitter feed would have been the same. Most likely, the only difference from the current scenario is that someone would have been harassed before the expulsion.
    There is a small chance though, that he would have chickened out when actually face to face with someone, a lot of people do. Does that matter? I don’t know.

  31. I haven’t stated this publically before, but the email sequence quoted today on Vox Popoli is a fabrication by Jon:

    MG: Serious question. Do you have a Worldcon membership?

    JDA: Yup, I’ll be there. I don’t believe in taking my ball and going home.

    MG: Goodbye Jon.

    “Goodbye Jon” came at the end of a different exchange —

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Mike Glyer
    To: jdelarroz
    Sent: Sat, Dec 23, 2017 9:56 am
    Subject: Re:

    Goodbye Jon.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: Jonathan Del Arroz
    To: Mike Glyer
    Sent: Sat, Dec 23, 2017 9:50 am
    Subject: Re:

    Gonna defend pedophiles or let my comment post?

    What gives me the tingles is outing all the degenerates and pedophiles so they go to jail. Unlike the science fiction elites who get their tingles from children

    Sent from my iPhone

  32. There was also that line about getting exposure so his stories would win both the Hugo and Nebula.

    Funny thing is that I have no idea if his book are or aren’t Hugo/Nebula worthy. I mean, I kind of doubt it from an author who churns out books like an assembly line and has no physical footprint in any bookstore I’ve been in. But he joins a list of authors who prior their antics on-line, I would have had no particular reason not to try out, and now will never read.

    I’m not as prolific as some here, but I still buy upwards of 60-80 books a year and usually half of those are SF/F. I’ve never been to Worldcon, but I’ve been a supporting member and a Hugo voter 8 times. All that the Puppies nonsense accomplished personally was give me a list of people not worth supporting with my business because they are terrible people on-line. Maybe that is the appeal to their fans, but man, I just don’t have the time for people who make common cause with open racists and fascists and demand their way or war on everything.

  33. rcade: his Twitter profile photo of him wearing a Castalia House t-shirt and a red cap with MAKE SCIENCE FICTION GREAT AGAIN à la MAGA while he makes the OK symbol are enough to make me think he’s a racist. That, and the video he shot of himself in the same getup in front of a Kek flag. After Charlottesville, when one wears all the symbols of 21st century white supremacy, one doesn’t get to argue that one is being ironic or joking. I see someone who does that, I’m gonna think they’re a nazi.

  34. Ivan Bromke: If he promised to abide by those rules, I think he should be allowed to attend… But until someone actually breaks the rules, we should take them at their word that they won’t.

    You clearly haven’t been watching his aggressive harrassment of SFF authors on Twitter which has been going on for almost a year now. He’s already violated Worldcon 76’s CoC many times over. Cat Rambo had to threaten to get a lawyer involved to get him to back off somewhat.

    The link that I gave Troll Kroese above would be a good place to start for getting yourself informed — and refraining from opining that he hasn’t done anything, when you clearly have no awareness of what he’s actually done, would be a good idea as well.

    Worldcon 76’s attempt to satisfy questioners by pointing to the bodycam issue was misguided. Their decision was based on a massive amount of horrendous behavior by JDA during the last year, of which the bodycam issue is only a small part — and if they intended to provide a reason to the public, they should have done a much better job of preparing their statement in advance.

  35. I’m not a twitterer, but I’m browsing JDA’s feed right now. One particular post jumps out at me (I don’t know how to directly link to it) where he says “I literally dindu nuffin.” (For those unfamiliar with it, that is a blatantly racist meme.)

  36. Worldcon 76’s attempt to satisfy questioners by pointing to the bodycam issue was misguided. Their decision was based on a massive amount of horrendous behavior by JDA during the last year, of which the bodycam issue is only a small part — and if they intended to provide a reason to the public, they should have done a much better job of preparing their statement in advance.

    Agreed. SF cons are generally bad at the PR skills required to handle situations like this. Look at all the times where a harassment controversy occurs and the con has multiple people speaking for it on Facebook and elsewhere. They end up deleting posts but the damage is already done.

    I don’t know if SMOFcon has ever had a panel on crisis management and communication, but it would be a good idea.

  37. Their decision was based on a massive amount of horrendous behavior by JDA during the last year, of which the bodycam issue is only a small part — and if they intended to provide a reason to the public, they should have done a much better job of preparing their statement in advance.

    His established history of harassment via social media makes his implied threats of harassment at Worldcon carry weight. When making a decision about how to deal with someone in the future, that person’s behavior in the past can be used as a guide. He’s spent the last year or so harassing numerous people – notably Cat Rambo and Sharon Lee, but numerous others, including Paul Weimer who regularly posts here. He’s left a trail of shit behind him, and now people are judging him based on his track record.

  38. @rcade: Yes SMOFcon has; and other Worldcons have had conversations at their Staff Meetings about it. It doesn’t necessarily stick when the brick hits the fan, but they are aware.

    Worldcons are run completely by volunteers who spend countless hours and hundreds–up to tens of thousands–of dollars of their own money putting on a fun convention for all of WSFS. Then arsewipes like JDA and his ilk try to ruin it.

    The seated Worldcon committees can kick anyone out for just about any reason. Or refuse to take their membership money in the fist place. And even JDA’s more mild threats are more than reason enough.

  39. JJ, I respectfully disagree with you. It cannot reasonably be Worldcon’s job to police all fandom. So, I do think they need a reason to believe that JDA would behave badly at Worldcon. The evaluation of the body cam threat is informed by his other behavior. I also think that there are a lot of reasons to not be transparent, starting with confidentiality for any targets that may have talked to Worldcon, if any At this point in time, I am not in favor of blacklists. I might change my mind. At the moment, I think that conventions should police their own space, but not attempt to manage all of fandom.

  40. “Jeremy Szal: Also: Has it previously occurred that someone was prohibited from even attending a con a whole 8 months before the con even started?

    Months in advance of the 1964 Worldcon Walter Breen was banned. I couldn’t tell you how many months.”

    I don’t have an exact date handy for when THE GREAT BREEN BOONDOGGLE OR ALL BERKELEY IS PLUNGED INTO WAR was first published, by Bill Donaho, but I can tell you it was in 1963, not 1964 (the year of the Pacificon II).

    The defensive response to it, THE LOYAL OPPOSITION, was published by John and Bjo Trimble in March of 1964, and debate, both written and oral, had been going on in the months between those two publications.

    So: close to a year in advance.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_ssVMUaq58YTWF6ZWhwTVNhdU9BR0k1WDQ2bWVMckpVWGpF/edit

    http://breendoggle.wikia.com/wiki/Breendoggle_Wiki

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