Thursday, June 2, 2011

Calgary's Slut Walk - Cancelled

All you hussies who were getting jazzed to participate in Slut Walk Calgary...turn those excited faces inside out...my sources tell me that it's not official yet, but the event is being cancelled.

Slut Walk Toronto set off many other similar walks throughout the country including one here in Calgary and one in Edmonton. It was reported just the other day that the Edmonton one may be cancelled due to a city fee of $2,000 to pay for the parade.
Slut Walk Toronto
Not sure what the peeps over at Slut Walk Calgary are going to say is their reasoning behind giving this event the axe, but my info tells me that it has something to do with the haters, their heinous facebook comments and CJAY 92 being involved as the radio sponsor.

You tack "slut" onto anything and people are going to get their panties in a knot, but I didn't think that the crazies would be saying things that inferred a radio station is the cause of rape. Unfortunately for you I was not able to pull some of the lunatic comments from the Slut Walk Calgary facebook page before it was deleted. Too bad...some of them were gems.

I don't know too much about this...but it looks like some ladies were enraged that CJAY 92, a local rock station, was involved with the event. Would they not think that the CJAY audience, which is primarily male, could benefit from the message that the Slut Walk was putting out there? Idiots.

The issue now is probably their inability to retain liability insurance. And so another good idea gets stomped because not all people are legitimate.

XOXO
Jes...

10 comments:

  1. Well, we can't have an event raising awareness of victim-blaming attitudes if we don't like one of the sponsors, now can we? Everyone needs to stop looking at the big picture - if a few people don't like the sponsor, they need to bitch and bitch and bitch until the event gets cancelled, leaving no demonstration of victim-blaming attitudes.

    Hmmm, I just can't seem to sound rational when impersonating those anti-slutwalk sponsorship freaks. Demonstrations are expensive! Get over it!

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  2. I think it is sad that the SlutWalk Calgary organizers would cancel the event just because someone voiced criticism. From what I understand, the organizers had deleted posts from those who were trying to ask questions about the rationale behind their decisions to use CJAY as a sponsor. Open discussion about this could have made this a non-issue. Instead, they ignored those people to the point of making them protest.

    It sounds to me like SlutWalk organizers weren't willing to talk about things, and couldn't take the heat when that backfired on them. So they cancelled the event. That is sad.

    What is worse, is that they are shifting the blame onto those who had criticized them so that they don't look like the ones who did something wrong. Pathetic!

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  3. I believe the real concern with Cjay 92 was that that radio station would co-opt the march into a marketing campaign for their station. They do have a history of using faceless, scantily clad women to do their advertising, after all. So, if any sponsor was capable of hijacking the message and point of the march, Cjay was it.

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  4. Here's the statement that is now on their website:

    Due to logistical difficulties, the inability to secure insurance, and liability concerns, SlutWalk Calgary regrets to announce the cancellation of the SlutWalk event for Calgary. We recognize that many, many hours have been spent trying to make this event work for Calgary, and we would like to thank our volunteers and our supporters within the community for their efforts.

    We would like to thank all of our community partners (CCASA, Distress Center, SHIFT Calgary, CJAY92 and the Forbes and Friends Morning Show) for their tremendous support. By putting us in contact with the people necessary to make an event like this happen, they put us in a position to realize our vision of a SlutWalk event for Calgary.

    We would also like to thank the City of Calgary and the Calgary Police Service who were incredibly supportive and helpful. Numerous individuals in both organizations went out of their way to ensure that we had their full cooperation.

    Kind Regards,

    SlutWalk Calgary


    ...Sounds pretty on-par with Edmonton's issues - I don't see any "blaming" here - don't give yourselves that much credit (I say this is the comments make it obvious you are part of this anti-CJAY discussion).

    However, I would love to give you my personal opinion... as I read some of the hateful comments both on their page and on your facebook page (which I may add has a discussion thread of organizing a 200 person anti-protest at the event - do you people not think that that is a liability/violence concern?!) - OF COURSE THEY COULDN'T GET INSURANCE! Common sense folks.

    This is sad and unfortunate indeed... but not surprising at all, considering.

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  5. I'll actually be explicit about being one of the people behind the anti-CJAY 92 sponsorship page. Let's be clear: most of those who joined the page were still in favour of Slutwalk moving ahead, but were uncomfortable with CJAY's sponsorship. There was no opportunity to discuss this openly under the auspices of the Slutwalk page because they continuously deleted posts that were critical of the sponsorship. Criticism is not hate, and to call it that is hyperbolic in the extreme. To address the comment above: the comment mentioning a 200 person protest was just that. A comment. Made by one person discussing a hypothetical situation. No violence was suggested, and the person who made the comment isn't even located in Calgary. Counter-protests frequently happen at events, and it's important to note that there was not a proposal to organize one.

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  6. Well, fortunately, it seems like you got what you wanted: CJAY is no longer involved in SlutWalk. It just means that if you want to have your own SlutWalk, you'll have to do it yourself rather than complaining about how much you hate the way other people are doing it.

    Sounds like a win-win to me...

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  7. See, there is one of the issues with the way that SlutWalk Calgary was being run. Nobody can "have their own" SlutWalk. It's not proprietary. Nobody owns it. It is supposed to be a grassroots movement that everybody can get involved in, and as far as I am concerned, if the organizers of SlutWalk Calgary couldn't run the event in a way that allowed for alternative opinions about things like sponsorship and the philosophy behind the walk, they shouldn't have stepped up to the plate in the first place. It's pathetic to blame 100 something people who joined a Facebook group that had an issue with one of the sponsors for the cancellation of an event by its organizers due to logistical failure and an inability to take any type of criticism.

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  8. I didn't see anywhere in their comment that they blamed the anti-cjay facebook group.

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  9. I guess my point is that you now have the opportunity to organize it yourself so that "everyone can get involved" (including, presumably Forbes and cjay?).

    So quit complaining and start organizing.

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  10. It's a shame the event was hijacked and cancelled over such a trivial issue. It would have been better to take the sponsorship and use the platform to discuss the issues openly. CJAY 92 allegedly hiring scantily clad women is a non issue. It seems very petty and pious that such an objection was even raised. I doubt these people judge other elements of the media so harshly.

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