Dismantling EVOLVEFEST: The Fight Against Bigotry
On January 31st, the founder of Sensible Reason saw something that caught his eye. A Facebook paged called EVOLVEFEST that seemed to be doing everything but evolving. The page had a coinciding festival in Pennsylvania which had been going on for almost 10 years. While the page claimed to be about community, free speech, and acceptance, something was off about this “transformational festival.” He described the page in a post as “a supposed center for acceptance, togetherness and love engaged in wholesale hate speech on a massive scale.” Snide anti-gay and antisemitic remarks were at every turn. He decided to do something about it and let the world know what Evolvefest was really about and wrote a post about the festival, adding multiple screen shots of the offensive posts just in case they were deleted.
The post caught a lot of eyes, and soon after a Boycott Evolvefest Facebook page popped up, gathering thousands of ‘likes’ within a few hours. A couple other websites picked up the story and Evolvefest’s hate speech went viral. The Evolvefest Facebook page lost ‘likes’ in droves as the boycott page gained popularity. This week, the dedicated and strong-willed people who blew the lid off of Evolvefest can sleep a little easier, for the venue that previously held Evolvefest has dropped the event. With a location of TBA, Evolvefest is officially up in the air and less than 400 people are confirmed to attend. The transformational group is now attempting to backtrack from this backlash, posting quotes about free speech and acceptance, making a point to quote historical humanitarians, and claiming that they truly accept everyone.
Once again apologizing for not being sorry about offending people:
According to the festival, offensiveness and bigotry is the price we all must pay for them to spread “truth” about everything from the festival owners conversations with Japanese Cyborg Transhumanist Illuminati, to their unending paranoia about the Rothschild’s, a European family of Jewish bankers from the middle ages. Conspiracy theories aside, nothing festival owner Dave Bryson believes validates his unabashed hate speech.
However, the damage has already been done, and those who saw the multitude of offensive and hateful posts won’t forget them. Sensible Reason would personally like to thank all those involved in helping to expose Evolvefest and their callous hate speech. Love will prevail.