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Elitism, bullying, and lack of humanity in cosplay

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 6, 2013, 2:43 AM
  • Mood: Isolated
  • Listening to: Skrillex
  • Watching: Paperman
  • Drinking: Tea


The talented Yuuri-C wrote up a journal earlier on about her thoughts and feelings in regards to the nastiness she's received as a cosplayer. It influenced me to dwell deeper from both a personal and a third-person's perspective, to bring awareness to this ugly dilemma. It's quite ironic, actually- we cosplay to escape a dull and shallow world and yet it somehow seems to seep it's way back in.

I myself have been a victim of bullying for a very long time. First through school, and now through minor cosplay groups with a peculiar vendetta. It got to me at first, because I found out it was those close to me that were the perpetrators, but these days I see it as a laugh. I'm actually happy people go on 4-Chan and bitch about how much of a "slut" I am or how "fat" I am or pathetic my costumes are. It's all talk. They'd never say it to my face, and if they're so bored and insecure about themselves that they have to target me, then cheerio to that!
I may sound like an up-myself twat saying that, but that's nowhere near the point. It's simply the fact that I can't afford to care anymore. I'm not affected.
But what concerns me is that there's people out there who 'are' affected by bulling, who get attacked both in person and online. Most of these people are innocent and new to the cosplay scene, and are picked on for their "terrible costumes", their weight, their appearance, their group... you name it. This creates elitism, and the cycle goes on. I've seen it first hand and have even jumped in to help a victim, and the attackers don't seem to see the problem.

As someone who never saw or even heard of this kind of thing when I first started years ago, it shocks me now to see how out of control it has become. It brings shame to the subculture, in my opinion. It's a hobby, which is meant to be a creative means of escape from the real world- whatever the reason. It's not Project Runway, it's not ANTM, it's not live 4Chan. One victim of bullying is far too many. This has to stop.

If you know someone who is a victim of bullying- it doesn't even have to be related to cosplay- be the better man and stand up for them. Make a difference.
If you're a bully in any way, find your humanity and grow up. I know it's hard to break a habit, but sometimes it's better to be human. But karma always finds it's way if nothing changes.

My message to anyone who's a victim of bullying in the cosplay subculture:
It gets better. Don't lose sight of yourself. Grow into someone that you'll be proud of, and in the end, you'll win.

Sorry if I kinda went on there. Lack of sleep is getting to me, hehe. If you have an opinion on bullies or twats in the cosplay world, please express them. Thankyou for reading.
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SophiaDragonMaster Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It has always saddened me to see those blogs about bad cosplay. I always think, that person just wanted to have fun at a con and be their favourite character for a day.

And it's a lot like art, cosplay isn't something you instantly become good at, you have to try it out, fail at some things, experiment with others, and after a while you become better, but just like with art on here, people don't give any chance to newbies or people that are different. It really saddens me because that turns people away from the hobbies!

Unfortunaly I think it's inevitable to see bullies everywhere, in every hobby, but if we could at least diminish the number of them, that'd be great. Or overshadow them with positive comments!
In high school I haven't been bullied in the usual sense, but I know things were said behind my back, sometimes to my face, or I was laughed at because I was weird and different. But I never let it get to me, and I'm glad I did because I'm having so much fun with my lifestyle. People need to accept that people can have different hobbies, not look like supermodels all the time and need experience to craft and create things.
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RockLou Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They're jealous! There's no more to it. Don't let them bring you down. Just be cool. B-)
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fredrikpj Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Well written!
You'll get nothing but respect from me, I think it's great that there are people cosplaying, it reminds us others that there are other people appreciating movies/games/anime's that we like ourselves, and I think it's a beautiful and creative thing :)

Also, I'm 100% against bullying, I hate that shit. I even got bullied for protecting others who were bullied, I know they appreciated it though, even if things got a lot harder for me, but I didn't let it get to me.. It's a great way to find out who your true friends are.. anyways, a bit off topic there :P
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richiexXxrodriguez Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Bullying is a manifestation of their insecurities.
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aarontyree Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
. It took me years to realize that bullying is actually someone saying "please dont reject me". We create community around different expressions, sometimes in response to not being accepted in others, and then without knowing it, perpetuate the very thing that bothered us in the first place. We know in our heads that a community where people are welcomed and encouraged to find their expression are the best places to be, but we often dont determine to create this in how we treat others...we want others to do it for us:)
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natestarke Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
i dont get bullying, is it supposed to make the bully feel better about him/herself? they're complete assholes!

theres probs nothing new i can bring to the table, so ill just agree with you and hate bullies!
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foxxualbby Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I completely agree with this post 100%! I cosplayed to escape bullying & in the process the bullying stopped. I can't imagine how you must have felt about this or how the people being bullied about their cosplays feel.
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DerangedNerdChick Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I think this was the best journal I have ever read. It is 100% truth, and I really hope people listen. Cosplay is meant as an escape so you can be someone but yourself for a day and bullying cosplayers-bullying period needs to end. I'm glad you're not effected anymore, and I hope people who are still being bullied will realize it gets better, and ignore it like you do. This message was great, thank you for sending it into the world, people need to hear this.
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Armageist Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Cos-play is just like any other 'scene'.

Who's the 'realist'/most authentic, who has the money to spend, who has the great looks that attracts positive attention (whether justifiably so or not), who's doing it before it became cool, etc. etc.

I think the competition that develops through self-expression is an ugly dynamic of human nature that will always remain so long as people come from different backgrounds with their own self-reflective perceptions, preconceptions/judgments, and projections onto others.
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