Developing Story: Reporter Ejected from Supernatural Convention Over “Threats”
Many of our followers have been enjoying the tweets from Supernatural convention occurring this weekend in Chicago, but as of this morning our reporter was abruptly rejected from the convention. Our reporter Emily was taken from the Jensen and Jared Gold Panel and escorted from the premises. She was told that she was banned from further Creation cons because Jensen and Jared’s body guard was advised that she was “a threat” to the actors. At this moment we have no further information from official channels about what their body guard was told, but sources that wish to remain anonymous believe they were shown a doctored Tweet. As this cannot be confirmed, this should be taken as speculation at this point in time.
UPDATE: The Creation publicist manager has stated that their “hands were tied” over this issue. She was not present at the event, but confirmed that this had something to do with a tweet. She asked us to provide a link to said tweet and when we informed her that no such tweet existed to our knowledge, she wasn’t sure what could be done. We have asked for the information to be forwarded to us when it becomes available, but as of this moment nobody seems to know what tweet it was that sparked this issue. Please do not tweet or email hate to Creation over this. We understand that when the talent refuses to go on stage, conventions must comply. We would very much like to know which tweet sparked this issue, however, and once this comes to light we’ll provide that information.
A full account of Emily’s experience can be read at her Tumblr account.
Sunday morning I went down to the J2 Gold Panel with a cup of coffee and a cinnamon roll from the hotel cafe. I had been in my seat ten minutes or so, speaking to the people in the seats next to me, when a gentleman approached. Older, built, black suit and an earpiece he asked me “Are you Emily Rose?”
“Can you come with me, please?”
I was led to the side of the stage nearest me, just past the curtains near the door. The gentlemen politely but firmly told me that I was being asked to leave the premises. At this point, I got a sinking feeling about what was happening: after all, the wank in 2013 was about “Destiel Shippers!” attempting to kick a prominent Wincest fan who is not shy with her opinion about Misha and Castiel out of DallasCon for having a Misha M&G and soliciting rude questions to ask Misha, and subsequent claims that (as an outspoken Destiel shipper also at the convention) I was behind that. Nothing came of that, as she was at the convention too, and 90% of the wank there was online as they found pictures of my children, made threats against me, bombarded my editor with hate mail, and added over 170 comments attacking me onto my personal blog.
I asked why I was being removed from the room, and Valerie from Creation told me that Clif Kosterman, the bodyguard for Jared and Jensen, had informed them that I was a security threat to the boys. She did not know why, but my general understanding is that Creation can’t NOT act on these matters, as if they ignored Clif’s attempts to keep Jared and Jensen safe they would be liable if they were NOT safe at the convention.
At this time we are investigating matters further, but if you have more information about what happened please contact us as soon as possible. We strongly believe that these rumors are false. Emily has been an outspoken critic of bullying and contributes to the SPN Anti Bullying Twitter and Tumblr accounts. She also organized the season 10 gifts that were delivered to all the cast and crew over the past couple of weeks. Because of her outspoken nature she has been targeted by segments of the fandom before and we, as a website, have stood beside her. We believe in her credibility as a reporter and her as a person. We’d like to hear more details about what happened from those involved.
I’ve spoken on the phone with Emily numerous times today and she needs to sort through this ordeal before making a statement or an article on this website. She is obviously upset over the events today and overwhelmed by the support she’s received over the incident. The #IStandWithEmily hashtag on Twitter has been enormously positive and we appreciate the display of support.
Until we can get official information from Creation, Clif, or the CW network, all we have to go on was what she was told at the convention, what the press manager was able to confirm with us over the phone, and pure speculation with no proof about what exactly happened. When information is sorted, we will be more forthcoming about what’s happening and we do apologize for the lack of information at this time.
Author: Angel Wilson
Stephanie “Angel” Wilson is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She’s contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She’s written for Friends of Comic Con and has essays published in Fandom Frontlines.
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