Keeping it classy: Should booth babes be banned?

11/19/2012 12:30:00 PM
Tom Karst

Eurogamer director Rupert Loman talked about the ban here.

"One of the things we also decided was that we didn’t want booth babes at the show.

Of course, exhibitors need to bring staff to the show, but they should be interesting, cool and exciting (Master Chief was /amazing/!) and knowledgeable (developers and publisher staff) rather than pretty girls in revealing outfits just for the sake of it. We want the show to be friendly, and all 50,000 attendees to feel comfortable.

At this year’s show three companies showed up with booth babes. Two in particular we thought were dressed inappropriately. As a short term measure we told them to move into the 18+ zone, and we asked some of them to put on leggings as well.

Although it was only a small number of booth babes, our regret is that we didn’t go further on the first day and just say “this isn’t right” and ask them to change their clothes - or not attend. Instead, with the huge pressures of putting on such a large show and everything that comes with it, we let it go. And that’s what has prompted this debate – and we’re sorry it happened.

For future shows we will be issuing formal guidelines: Booth babes are Not OK. "

I agree with Loman. I've created a poll on the issue.  What do you think?

Should PMA (and other produce shows) ban scantily clad "booth babes" from staffing expo booths? Why or why not?


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Ward Thomas    
McAllen  |  November, 21, 2012 at 02:13 PM

Do you have to sign up with that annoying LinkedIn to vote in this?

Tom K    
Lenexa  |  November, 23, 2012 at 07:53 PM

Yes, for this particular poll. But comments are also accepted, Ward. I know you are well spoken on this issue. Tom K

Deidre Smyrnos    
NH  |  November, 27, 2012 at 07:20 AM

Thank you Tom. I look forward to seeing a response on this from PMA. FMI weighed in on this topic yesterday in Jim Prevor's 11/26 "Perishable Pundit" column.

Deidre Smyrnos    
NH  |  November, 27, 2012 at 09:28 AM

Correction - it was United Fresh Produce Assoc. (not FMI) who weighed in on this topic in the 11/26 edition of the "Perishable Pundit."

Tom K    
Lenexa  |  November, 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Yes, I just sent a quick email to United and PMA about this topic, asking for language they give their exhibitors... Tom K

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