Ikki-Idol Conflict Continues
I got a response from the coordinator of Ikki-Idol on the Ikkicon forums (If you’re at all curious about the conversation, it starts here on this page – http://ikkicon.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2177&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=30). But I wanted to share this, yet again, because I feel that it's important enough to share.
This is the response from the Ikki-Idol event coordinator.
let me point something out… more people loved the idea that we allowed more then just anime or video games or even j-pop… if you are not open to everything then you are closed minded… you talk about how anime cons are about japanese culture… what about baseball, soccer, pro wrestling, and street racing… all those are japanese related…
I am so sorry but people want to be entertained… I am about the people and the people love to laugh and cry… this is a anime con in the U.S. you have to understand that not everyone can speak or sing in japanese so its not fair to kick them out of the contest. You are a very bitter person. Of course we had problems… even the cosplay show had problems.
You have to understand that…
1. This was out first time running a singing contest.
2. Not everyone can sing in japanese
3. I never said this contest was for people who could sing japanese you could sing whatever you wanted.
4. I know I dont watch a lot of anime… thats because all the anime i used to watch is now considered old school.
and to be honest we were fair… and you out of all people did give me more trouble then anyone else. everyone else was nice enough to work with me and you just got mad.
You still get your badge because I am not a liar… so dont forget to pick it up next year… you will have to go to animeunrated.com to get it… you have to pm me… but if you dont want it then feel free to let me know…
but there was one person who was so nice and so great that we feel she deserves something… Stacy or i think thats how you spell her name… she is going to kamikazecon i think so I am going to see what I can do to make sure she is in the kami-idol contest…
you might have been mad but everyone at a con loved the idea of the sing whatever you want idea… remember you showed up late and still allowed you to sing… not everyone knew about the rules and the sound people said it was cool so we allowed the MP3s even thought it was harder to manage…
you have to be open and willing to work with the people.
I will more then likely never attend another con again but my company will be there to make sure these cons start making changes because the con world needs us the people to make sure it is still alive because with out the people you can not have a con.
Machii got first because over all she was the face of IKKiCON… she was someone the people loved…
so please other then her who loves the idea that you could sing anything you wanted… it makes it easier for people to enter… because every time there is a contest the same people always win.
its time for a change… remember hispaics, blacks, whites, idians, asians, or etc… we are all here to have fun and some of us want to enter but most of us can’t sing in japanese…
so this is how this contests will run from now on… you can sing anything you want…
and nothing is going to change that…
The Great Saiyaman has spoken
So, of course, everything this man stated in these several paragraphs was a complete mis-reading of what I had originally written. Here, feel free to read my response.
And all of those things you mentioned all are western and are things I can access on a daily basis in the United States. But that’s not really the point of what I was commenting on.
I never once asked anyone to sing in Japanese. I wouldn’t dream of making that a rule. However, it simply makes sense to sing anime or video game-related music. Of course, if your rules had stated in the first place that any music from anywhere would be appropriate, this would have never been an argument. I’d never have argued your rules. But you couldn’t seem to decide what your rules were.
1. I expect first-time event runners to hit snags. Not to have a hard time showing up on time or adhering to ones own pre-constructed rules.
2. Again, never said people should sing in Japanese. Obviously, I sang a song in English. And I would have attempted to sing that song whether there was a rule about singing in a certain language, whether or not it could be from an anime, etc.
3. Isn’t this the same as #2?
4. I honestly don’t care if you watch anime or not. That doesn’t define your character to me. You were, however, hosting an event at an anime and Japanese pop culture convention. Your personal preference in music seems to conflict with the point of the event. If you can’t separate your personal musical preferences from your duty as a judge then you have no right to be a judge.
Fair? How is judging based on personal musical tastes instead of the talent of the performer fair? How is telling half of your finalists that they can sing two songs and telling the other half that they only have half the chance the first set of finalists had fair? And I never got mad at you. I followed you through all your silly rule changes, never argued with you, and simply continued to perfom to the best of my abilities through the thick of it. Never once did I argue your rules. It was your show, and so I let you run the show. However, your show is over now, and so NOW I am choosing to place my words.
I have no problem getting in contact with you, assuming you will be open for contact.
I am happy for Stacy (if that was her name, I honestly am better with faces than I am with names). I wish her the best if she chooses to continue in any future performances. If she’s who I’m assuming she was, she’s very talented, probably moreso than I.
Again, if everyone was allowed to sing what they wanted to sing right from the beginning, it would have been fine. However, this was sadly not the case. I’m not certain if you’re speaking directly to me about the “showing up late thing” or not, though I must say I was waiting for that panel an hour ahead of time in preparation. I thought your initial rules were simple. And ease in management means a far more smooth event. If you had written in the rules that mp3 players were okay, and if you had been prepared ahead of time then this wouldn’t have been an issue and I’d have never brought it up.
Again, I worked with you just fine, fought with you none, performed my piece as according to what was told before walking on stage, and was done with it.
I enjoyed Machii’s performance, at cosplay probably most of all. I’m glad people enjoyed it.
If you want to make it easier to enter, clearly post your rules, and post them early, and don’t make outrangeous changes at the last possible minute. As it is, your rules were posted in the forums pretty late. People should be able to come prepared. As it was, even with the new rules, most people weren’t prepared.
You bring up race as though I somehow came off as some kind of racist. And again I’ll simply state, again, that singing in Japanese, English, or whatever other language you want was never a concern of mine, and for the life of me I can’t figure out where it is you seem to have read that I stated this.
To finalize my own thoughts, do you really think that everyone who participated was happy? After speaking with most everyone in the latter half of the finals who only got to perform one piece, it sounded like the mass opinion was that everyone was particularly less-than-satisfied with the organization of the convention. And if any of you several girls I spoke to at that time backstage are reading this, I would encourage you to be brave enough to at least state as much. For now, going off my own word alone will have to suffice.
I look forward to the better handling of your future events.