Good news: Rebel Force Radio was removed from the podcast stage at Celebration! See @rfrsgreatesthits's latest post.
I saw that there was a schedule update! No official response yet, but looks like they might be heading that way. Though I wonder if they’re slated for the main stage instead?
I just want to point out that this is such a grey area, you know, and there has been a lot of concern regarding censorship in these discussions. My thought on this topic is that I am very much against censorship, and I absolutely believe Rebel Force Radio is entitled to having a podcast and expressing their beliefs. At the same time, Lucasfilm retains the authority to determine who they associate with, and associating with sexist podcasts is absolutely brand-damaging. Especially considering they have been trying, as a company, to be more inclusive of women. Not to mention there were bound to be protests and drama surrounding RFR’s panel if they were kept in the line-up.
I would not like to see Rebel Force Radio disappear from the web for reasons stated above, but I also know that there are a lot of fan sites, podcasts and blogs who would jump at the opportunity to have a slot at Celebration. Groups who are not scornful of women in the fandom.
I think call-out culture in general has gone too far, and is responsible for a degree of the polarization we see in politics these days (people resort to dragging as default, rather than trying to have a discussion or reason with an opposing party’s viewpoint). That being said, it’s important to point out condescending, oppressive rhetoric such as Rebel Force Radio’s commentary, as that kind of thinking perpetuates institutional sexism, and consequently effects the amount of representation of and opportunity for women in fandom, the workplace, and society as a whole. If it had been a first time offense, I would not have been so angry. However, they have repeated these behaviors and shown no remorse for the things they’ve said, and seem entirely indifferent to the inclusion of women in Star Wars and fandom. Thus, I have no pity for them if they’re removed from Celebration.