Equal enforcement of the masquerade rules is the cornerstone of fair competition.
Entry number 40, "The Idolm@ster" has been disqualified from the Anime Los Angeles 2007 masquerade competition for violating the rules, and their award for "Best Choreography" has been revoked.
Rule #1 of the masquerade is "All contestants must be attending members of Anime Los Angeles. If the maker and presenter are different people, both must be attending members. Purchased and rented costumes may not be entered." One of the presenters in the entry was not a member of the convention.
Earlier today, maryssa commented in lionboogy's livejournal that she lied to the masquerade green room staff about having a convention membership when signing in and signing the release forms. We confirmed that the release form, signed at green-room check-in rather than at masquerade registration or the contestant meeting, did not include a badge number.
So much of masquerade operations relies on the honor system. The green-room staff is not convention security. They're present to keep the entrants safe and to help entrants stay calm and ready to go to the stage. The bad weather, leaky roof and failure of the hotel to provide heaters made their job even more difficult. Lying to them is just inexcusable.
This information will be referred to next year's masquerade director. Whether or not this situation results in rules or procedures changes is at the discretion of the director.
|Official photograph of Entry # 40, maryssa|
Screen-capture from livejournal
Transcription: Hahah wow. I didn't even buy a badge and thus I now shove that fact in the face of all staff if this is how it went down. I must have lucked out coming in the side door or something, because no one ever asked for my badge. When we were lining up backstage (IN THE DAMN FREEZING RAIN) i told them my badge was in my room =p