Really Papi? L Word Down Under Convention Canceled, Slow Ticket Sales Blamed

carrideL WORD: We had press passes, goddammit, to provide our snarky commentary and observe the greatest most ridiculous fandom extravaganza of all time!! Also I heard Papi was gonna be there. But ALAS, The L Word Down Under convention, which has been in the works for over a year now, has been canceled. The following notice was issued on the event’s website:

Dear L Word Down Under Convention Ticket Purchasers.

Due to the lack of tickets sales for the L Word Down Under Convention, United L Events Inc. is regrettably cancelling the event.

Please note that all ticket purchasers will be processed within 5 days of the cancellation, (excluding booking fees) and according to the terms and conditions on the website.

For any enquiries please contact [email protected]

The convention was scheduled for Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of January 2010 in Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. Leisha Hailey was a confirmed guest but recently backed out — other confirmed guests included Marlee Matlin (Jodi), Rachel Shelley (Helena), Laurel Holloman (Tina), Anne Ramsay (she played Jenny’s ex-girlfriend Robin) and Rose Rollins (Tasha). U.S Comedian Poppy Champlin would have been MC-ing the whole weekend.

According to The L Word Online, premium tickets ($450) and early bird tickets ($325) were already sold out, but I guess those general admissions tickets were not. Really sucks for people with non-refundable airline tickets to Australia! I blame Ilene Chaiken.

Back in September United Events CEO announced: “This will be the biggest L Word Convention ever to be held and United L Events Inc. has now secured 8 of the main actors of the show. With all the platinum tickets now sold out, the gold reserved tickets are selling fast.”

What happened?

LAMDA: Tonight, Living Lambda is having a benefit for marriage equality and LGBT rights at Stonewall Inn. Doors open at 6:30, and they suggest a $5 donation. DJ Carlytron is doing the music!

LADY GAGA: Was on Jay Leno last night:

Here’s her performance of Bad Romance:

And her epic interview, among other topics she talks about how she wanted to be different in high school:

She was also on FUSE TV last night, and she talked about her bisexuality. When asked if she felt it was not given proper due and thought of as a sensationalized move she just exploited for attention she responded that she thinks her “gay fans get it” and know that she’s genuine.

Also, totally exciting: her entire interview on POPLAB (on Logo) is up!

ALERT: Lady Gaga will be on Ellen THIS FRIDAY. Please go mark your calendars now. I predict this will be the greatest thing to happen to daytime TV since Ellen was on Oprah, which was not that long ago, but still.

CINEMATIC MISOGYNY: A top 7 list of chick flicks that don’t only carry subtle patriarchal undertones but downright hate women. Secretly. (@cracked)

HOT GAY LADIES: AfterEllen appreciates the Hot Hollywood list for going a little gay: “I can’t find proof that this is the first time the GF o’ the year has been a lesbian (Arizona, not Jessica), but I think it’s a safe bet. And awesome.” Giant photos after the jump! (@afterellen)

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Did anyone else think that in the opening shot of Lady Gaga performing she was sitting in a big office chair? No? Just me? Cool.

    • Totally devastated, I’ve spent all year talking smack about how terrible/AWESOME this convention will be.

      I just can’t believe I came SO CLOSE to being in the same solar system as Papi. I think it’s fair to say that 2010 is ruined.

      • i was so desprately waiting for the recaps of the convention from u guys….this is just like swallowing down gum and can only blam no one!!!

  2. I know! Im so upset that this convention has had to be cancelled also. It was shaping up to be a HUGE event. Shame more lesbians dont have more money, then they could have all bought tickets to come…

  3. I bet Lady Gaga’s dancers have the most fun. That dance looks a little different when performed by men in suits and bondage caps, yeah?

  4. I second this feeling. I haven’t felt this let down since that time when Green Day released their ‘superhits’ compilation. I’m going to throw a pity party on that weekend instead, you and Papi are invited.

    • Your invite is already in the mail, my friend. We can play a montage of pivotal moments from other countries’ L Word conventions while Betty plays slowly in the background. That’s what usually happens when Ilene kills something.

  5. Can’t help but say this series is sensational.
    The actors are so liberating they give u a real sence of there relationships they are all so complex. I absolutly love all the girls.
    Yes, i am a man and baring the lesbianism in this series the writers and story lines should get academy awards. I truly believe this is the greatest thing on tv please dont stop.
    Big Big Big Fan!

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