Max's post-PAX thoughts. Giant surprise: he brings up the dickwolves thing. After explaining what happened, he says:
I wasn’t at that panel, but word reached me that afternoon and I knew shortly after that a good amount of the work we had done for PAX had been washed away. After the show, nobody would remember the cube that I spent months designing or the cards and fortune cookies that we gave out, they would only remember that quote. I believe my exact words were, “Mike just fucked us.”
In what way? I don't buy the argument that PAX, as a whole, is now being thought of as this pro-rape culture environment, and by extension, every exhibitor and vendor there is obviously supes into misogyny and all about dat patriarchy. Does anyone reading this now think CAH is tainted because they attended that PAX? So if not on a screwed-the-CAH-brand level, then how did Mike fuck them? By overshadowing the booth's buzz? Plenty of people did still talk about the enormous CAH booth, and besides, a kind-of-pretty-funny booth design is never going to get the crazy amount of attention that you get from "internet celebrity says controversial thing". They're not even in the same league.
So I don't know, man. I otherwise like every word I've ever heard come out of Max's mouth, but that passage just sounds really self-centered and kinda egotistical to me.
The rest of the blog is fine, in that he talks about how some people have reacted to Mike Krahulik's comments, and then says instead of everyone boycotting PAX, they should keep going but very clearly pull a "be the change you want to see in the world" and don't tolerate bigots, be LGBT-friendly, and hey, sounds good to me. Though when he says:
Boycotting PAX creates a huge problem as well: If all of the progressive people boycott PAX it will just become a carnival of rape culture and there will be no cool game show to go to.
I really just don't see the chain of events that connects "Every progressive person boycott's PAX" and "PAX continues, but all attendees are suddenly complete monsters and PAX is functionally as bad as a Hooters".
I know Max is occasionally on this site, and I'm not trying to call him out or anything, I just think he chose a really weird angle for this blog post. And I really don't think Mike's comments somehow trickle down and contaminate the entire PAX show floor, attendees, and panels into this environment where at every turn rape culture is encouraged. Mike's opinions are Mike's opinions, and PAX attendees/exhibitors are (largely) adults who can distinguish Mike's (fairly conservative) viewpoints from the guidelines and community spirit of PAX as a whole.