In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the fantastical world of anime is colliding with the reality of sexual-harassment charges at Houston’s Anime Matsuri festival. The 12th annual gathering, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center, is being boycotted over allegations that convention organizer John Leigh sexually harassed women in the anime and cosplay communities. The convention features the vibrant style of Japanese animation known as animeand cosplay, in which attendees dress up as their favorite anime characters.
Netizens are outraged that their management company would subject the girls to an event like this.
And although this Twitter user may have a point that the sexual harassment claims are exaggerated, I think many Apink fans would agree that an anime convention might not be the best venue for Kpop artists.
Stay tuned for more information as this story develops.