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Offline BubbleWright

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A Slanderous Can Of Worms!
« on: May 03, 2016, 07:34:27 PM »
Saw a listing for a group on Face Book that really got my dander up. The name of the group is "Regulate Child Entertainers Like Twig The Fairy and Merfolk". Apparently it was started by someone (who is only identified as Concerned Parent) in North Carolina who tried to get a bill introduced to the State Legislature, which only got 10 of the necessary 100 signatures to be introduced.  The resolution was presented thusly (sic):

Pass a Bill that Requires Child Entertainers to Register With Law Enforcement for a full background investigation and Obtain a License, before they are allowed to work with children!
Now that puts un in North Carolina. Where events like the Carolina Rennassaince Festival, Carowinds and Merfest happen. They are centered around children's activities and appeal to families and children as a safe and family fun event.

What you don't see is that several of these entertainers are known sex offenders, child predators, porn stars and just plain perverts with past convictions.

When this was brought up to the event managers it was dismissed and ignored. When this was brought up to one of the world's best known child entertainers Kathy Gfeller aka "Twig the Fairy" about a performer who was a convicted criminal and known porn star.

Note- this is edited... see link for full proclamation.

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Postings on the FB page asked for documentation of the charges against Twig, which were ignored. When you read the postings of the owner, they seem to paint all RenFaires and Pirate events as dens of iniquity. I can't believe that FB permits such a venue of slander to exist. Yes, child molestation is a terrible thing but to paint whole groups of people and entertainers as molesters is intolerable. See links below. Comments?    .........Felix Cartagena aka The Bubble Wright


https://www.facebook.com/Regulate-Child-Entertainers-like-Twig-the-Fairy-and-Merfolk-1537235813225680/?fref=nf


https://www.change.org/p/north-carolina-state-senate-pass-a-bill-that-requires-child-entertainers-to-register-with-law-enforcement-for-a-full-background-investigation-and-obtain-a-license-before-they-are-allowed-to-work-with-children
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Offline Merlin the Elder

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Re: A Slanderous Can Of Worms!
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2016, 06:17:27 AM »
What a total crock of merde!

While it is true that there have been instances of costumed performers committing abusive acts, I dare say that many sexual predators are family members. Going to require state investigation of those, too??
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Offline PollyPoPo

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Re: A Slanderous Can Of Worms!
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2016, 08:25:50 AM »
At first I thought Onion, then I read the petition itself and the situations it uses for references.  Sounds like a red herring to deflect someone's attention with the stranger danger mindset, rather than friends, family, and neighborhood where the pervs are most likely to be found.

I would suggest that anybody concerned first check out statistics of just who the pervs are in their local society and demand they all be destroyed immediately.  Oops, there goes cousin Jack, Uncle Harvey, and Grandpa, oh, and the Reverend, that pretty young teacher, and the guy at the comic book store (not the graphic novel shop).  Just about any group of authority has their share of molesters, just because it gives them the power and access. 

Sure, sometimes there are creeps at faire, just like they are in the schools, churches, sports teams, and anywhere there are children. 
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Re: A Slanderous Can Of Worms!
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2016, 05:49:00 AM »
The implication that Twig is a porn actor?!? Preposterous! I haven't seen her in ANY porn movie!

I shouldn't make light of it, but if you look at the petition, they got 10 signers before it was closed.
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Offline Sir Ironhead

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Re: A Slanderous Can Of Worms!
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2016, 09:02:52 PM »
It doesn't say that Twig is/was a porn perfomer, it says it was mentioned to her that there was a performer that was a "known porn star". 

That said, calling this a gigantic steaming crock of bovine fecal material is a MASSIVE understatement.
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Re: A Slanderous Can Of Worms!
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2016, 08:48:31 AM »
Sounds like to me someone wants to start a "witch hunt" before getting their facts in order.  Like most here, I don't believe there is anymore child predators in the renny community then there are in any or group in our society.  I'm certainly no expert on such statistics, but I seem to remember somewhere reading that the majority of such crimes are committed by family members and/or persons that are around a child on a regular basis (neighbors/child care workers/etc...).   I don't think a performer at a faire that gives a performance for kids in open environment with the parent(s) right there should be a big concern.  People that engage in such crimes want to minimize the risk of getting caught by being secretive and performing such acts in private.  On a stage at a faire would hardly be the situation that kind of person would be looking for.
 
Having said that, I've got no sympathy for the low life's that take advantage of kids.  I've four grandkids myself.  If anyone is suspected of such activities, at the very least their responsibilities at Faire should be such that any contact with any minors is "none at all" and a background check should be run.
 
Earlier in the year that was a person working at my local Faire that had a active warrant for his arrest in another state.  I would like to believe that who ever hired that person had no idea about this warrant and most likely was lied to if the question was asked about any legal problems.  He was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with a minor.  Somehow the authorities got a lead on where he was, they talked with Faire management who totally cooperated with the authorities and the person was taken into custody and returned to the state where the warrant was issued.  What happened after that, I don't know.  I was proud that the management stepped up and worked with the local authorities in the apprehension of this person (and that is how it was reported at the time). 

This whole subject is such a bummer.    :( 

   
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