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Otakon bans vuvuzelas; the world rejoices


I really, really hate the vuvuzela.  The noise that those cursed “instruments” make sounds to me like a cross between a pair of yaks mating, and a pair of yaks dying an excruciatingly painful death.  As I wrote previously, those abominations were all over the LA Convention Center during Anime Expo, and it seemed to me that practically every few seconds, the center was filled with that abominable noise.  Really distracting, and even worse, a potential medical liability for those especially close to the offensive noisemaker.

Now before you soccer (or football, as it’s known in places outside of the US) fans get your knickers in a bunch, fear not.  I have absolutely no problem with the vuvuzela, in its proper context — i.e. during the World Cup.  What I don’t agree with, however, is its use outside of said venue — more specifically, at Anime Expo (really, any anime convention).  Because the correlation factor between anime conventions and the World Cup is precisely 0.00.  (yes, even if you’re cosplaying as someone from Captain Tsubasa.  There ain’t no vuvuzelas in that work…)

Well, great news for all you Baltimoreans: in a shocking display of sanity and common sense, Otakon has banned the vuvuzela.  Their announcement on the matter is short and sweet:

Absolutely no vuvuzelas or similar loud noisemakers are permitted within Otakon. Vuvuzelas and other noisemakers within convention buildings are subject to confiscation. Blowing a vuvuzela or similar noisemaker may lead to ejection from the convention.

Finally, a voice of sanity!  Good on you, Otakon.

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