Anime Expo 2017 was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Things didn’t go as smooth as they should have. People were forced to stand in long lines for hours just to get in.
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), the event’s organizer, blamed the problem on safety and security.
Welcome to Anime Expo 2017 now get in line
Attendees were first forced to stand in long lines to get passes. Once attendees had passes, they then were forced to stand in another long line to use those passes.
If the SPJA truly cared about the safety and security of the event’s attendees, they would have made sure those attendees were not standing on the streets of Los Angeles for hours without the benefit of security.
If you were someone who wanted to visit harm and violence on attendees of the Anime Expo 2017, the easiest way to do it would have been to do it when people were standing on the street waiting to get it.
That’s just a fact.
Hold event organizers accountable
The real problem is that the SPJA knows it can get away with treating people like shit and they will never be held accountable for it. Next year, people will still go to the Anime Expo. Fans will never hold them accountable for their poor management and general attitude of rabid apathy.
I’m not like that. I look at situations like this and it only cements my option that these type of events are poorly managed and I don’t want any part of them. Standing in long lines for no good reason is a young man’s game. I’m not a young man anymore.
Also published on Medium.