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May 7, 2013


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Cosplay: we've lost the meaning behind it.

Journal Entry: Tue May 7, 2013, 1:23 AM
  • Mood: Disgust
  • Reading: Naruto
  • Watching: Metalocalypse
  • Drinking: Tea and protein shakes

Most cosplayers on Facebook may have come across some drama that unfolded on a 'cosplay page', but for those who haven't I'll show you.…
This picture was posted up, and has since been deleted off their page due to the massive backlash. I can't even begin to comprehend what made them post it up. And I can't tell if the picture is pointing at overweight people, westerners, or both. Either way it's sickening.

Time and time again I see this bullshit. Even searching up cosplays on google, you see images of cosplayers being ridiculed for a 'bad choice'. Yes, I've said many times that one should choose their costumes wisely, but that should NEVER limit someone. I think we all have to remember why we cosplay- why we're all part of this subculture.

Cosplay is:
1. A means to escape the real world
2. A way to express your love and passion for a series
3. A chance to test your technical and/or artistic skills
4. An excuse to be a youngin', to have fun, and to be broke (lol)
5. A chance to meet new and old friends

I don't see any 'a chance to be bullied' or 'a chance to be a cunt' up there. And if you feel that way, get the fuck out of cosplay.

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PineappleSamurai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ye Gods! I salute all who have the guts to cosplay! God knows I don't at least not without a helmet.
Shiyumi-Neruka Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you!! I've seen many summaries on what cosplay is about, and yours couldn't be more correct!! :heart:
FluffyLover1986 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
A little late here, but I believe the page Building a Superhero (on facebook) stated it best:

You can spend 6 hours a day on sewing a costume--why not dedicate 45 of those to getting a wonderful figure to put in it?
otakuHime19 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have seen this on facebook as well and I was upset by the comments and the meme itself was just downright unforgivable. I don't know what the creator had in mind when they did this, cosplaying is a kind of art, to express yourself and the love of an anime, game, comic, and much more in your own ways. I can admit I am not the best cosplayer out there but I enjoy it because I have a chance to step outside of my own shell and relax, and have fun in another one. This woman, in the picture, has done herself right! She loves something, cosplay as someone, and shows what she is made of. No one can expect to get EVERY LITTLE DETAILS correct. I respect thee ! :heart:
Mad-Maven Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
there's so much drama but it doesn't make me want to stop because I have too much fun. It is sad that others are discouraged from the fun though :(
h1dek1 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
i see a friend comment about the post and
i agreed with what you said, it's disgusting :(
ramgar21 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Five-Spirit-Spheres Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was never mutch into cosplay... because mainly because I'm fat and shy and stuff. And now I'm old.

But I admire cosplayers. Anyway, bullying is a human condition I guess... Humans have a need to bully, to insult someone in order to feel superior. So, I'm not surprised.

Sorry if there's some confusing sentences here, I don't speak english.
LittleMs-Strange Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
100% agreed!
ArshnessDreaming Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My personal philosophy is that I won't cosplay as a skinny character. I'm fat. I can't make a costume well enough to look like a character that does not share any resemblance to my body type. Why should I try to pull off Toph when I could go as Uncle Iroh and rock that shit, and you know what? No one else is going to be playing him because people are afraid of using what they have. But he's pretty much the coolest mofo IN that show. So why not love up the characters that I can actually pull off well?

But does that give me, you, or anyone else a right to give any form of bullying, meanness or rudeness if they DO have the confidence and the attitude to go rock a character that's smaller than they are. Should I go jump on the skinny girls cosplaying anime characters because they don't have the breast size for it? NONE of us have the right EYES for most of these characters, and last time I checked nobody was freaking perfect.

If you don't have the courage to do what you love and rock it regardless of what other people think, this may be the wrong hobby for you because the fact is that people suck, and no matter how wrong it is, we can't change that. But this fact is also not going to stop me from slapping the idiots saying the stupid shit because it is absolutely NOT ACCEPTABLE.

You have NO RIGHT to tell people what they can and can't imagine.
If you want to try to do that, go ahead and get off my planet. I have no use for you.
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