“The brass BALLS on EA to put a bounty on OTHER booth girls,” writes Iola in response to EA’s “Sin to Win” promo at the San Diego Comic Con, the contest that encouraged attendees to commit “acts of lust” with women at the convention and post the pics on twitter.
Commenting on Ars Technica, Iola, who works as an actual “booth babe,” decries the contest for encouraging people to sexually harass not only EA’s own employees, but those working for other companies as well as any unfortunate costumed convention goers mistaken for “booth babes.”
“I love all the privileged, dismissive boys passing judgment on here. You know, the ones who’ve never had to go to a con as a female and deal with some (certainly not all) knuckle-draggers who don’t understand that a con does not suddenly suspend personal rights for anyone with breasts. Gals who go there to dress up and have a good time get sexually harassed, NEVERMIND the ‘booth babes’ who ‘signed up for it’ and then have their employer put them out for a contest,” she says.
“I’ve been a ‘booth babe’ at many comic, scifi and anime cons…I also happen to be attractive and enjoy wearing costumes…But I guess I’m ASKING to be groped because I’m one step up from a hooker, right? Even if I WAS a fucking hooker, that gives no one the right. I can walk around in a thong and pasties and it’s nobody’s license to touch.”
This contest was incredibly insulting to both sexes, objectifying women and perpetuating the stereotype of convention attendees as a bunch of sex starved losers living in their parent’s basement. What about the girls and the gays? EA offered a weak apology, in which they continued to pimp the contest, claiming that encouraging horny dudes to “commit acts of lust” was just a fun way of saying “take pictures with costumed reps.” While I recognize EA wasn’t encouraging violence, or springing for an evening with a prostitute, that doesn’t make their attention whoring marketing campaign any less demeaning or distasteful. The apology has since been taken down, but not before being immortalized in all its disingenuous glory.