The Spinoff: Armageddon Expo under fire for sexualised underage images.
Attendees at the country’s largest and longest-running pop culture convention have complained about the presence of merchandise featuring sexualized underage anime characters.https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/24-04-2019/armageddon-expo-under-fire-for-sexualised-underage-images/
Life-size body pillows featuring underage characters, mystery merchandise bags containing panty shots of underage characters, and “Hentai clothing” were among the stock for sale at the recent Armageddon Expo in Wellington.
Armageddon founder and organiser Bill Geradts told The Spinoff that he had not seen much of the sexually charged materials that fans had found offensive but that he had taken action on what he had seen. He said that Armageddon has a zero-tolerance policy for pornography and sexually-explicit content.
Geradts said that Armageddon has been subjected to bad faith attacks since announcing it was banning life-like firearm props after the Christchurch terror attacks, but he reiterated that he takes all complaints seriously.