Our correspondents had a great time out in Anaheim, California, and we've got some great interviews and amazing recordings to show you from EquestriaLA 2015, an unforgettable convention. Check them all out below the break.
Where is everything?
Oh right. Shit. We don't have any interviews or any recordings.
How on earth did the media manage to get neither recordings or interviews from this huge event, which featured (among other things) FiM creator Lauren Faust and MLP creator Bonnie Zacherle meeting for the first time ever?
Here's why: Here at HN, we were told that in order to conduct interviews with the show staff and guests at the convention, we would have to go through their agents directly or have our badges pulled. This isn't all that unusual; it's even what got Final Draft's badge pulled at BABSCon 2014.
The strange part? When we asked for the agents' contact information, the convention refused to provide it, saying that agent contact information is "confidential" and couldn't be provided to any press.
So, we can't interview anybody without the agents' approval, and we can't contact the agents. Seems like someone should've just said "We don't want you around" and made things a lot easier.
|Oh, that? That's not a camera. That's just a brick with "fuck you, horse media" written on it.|
Meanwhile, the crew over at Ponyville Live were told that there would be no recordings or streaming of any sort. The explanation, as they heard it, was that EquestriaLA was looking to branch out into all generations and all ages of MLP fans, and having brony people recording the convention may alienate or even "creep out" parents who are bringing their kids to the convention.
Never mind that children have been at every recorded brony convention. Never mind that the cameras aren't recording the kids in the audience, but the people on stage instead. Never mind that parents being creeped out about bronies recording something near them is the convention's problem (and moreover, the parent's problem) and not the media's. As long as nobody's recording, it's fair, right?
Then who's that guy recording everything? We have no idea, but he looks like a brony to us. Creepy.
If you're wondering why we're getting the bullshit end of the stick for seemingly no good reason, maybe this will shed some light on the situation:
Remember when we all thought EFN died back on New Year's Day 2015?
Maybe they didn't die. Maybe they just changed form. And this is the form they take when the convention's chaired by former EFNews correspondent Cayci Robold, who then hires EFN's retired PR head, Kiniro, as her con's PR person.
This is the new EFN. Instead of doing something useful like actually recording shit, they've wedged themselves balls deep in conventions across the country. From there, they're making sure anyone who despised them back when they existed (read: everyone) can't get a foot in the door. Get used to this, as three midwest cons coming up are chaired or staffed by none other than the man himself.
Oh, and enjoy your footage.