Man cosplay is so much more than just playing around to me. Like, it’s a really essential part of how I develop and understand myself. It’s a very strong way to reclaim media. I can’t see myself in mainstream media. I’m not there, I never have been, I don’t really expect to be in the near future. There’s nothing for me there. And honestly, it’s not like anime is a whole lot better but! By cosplaying, I can stake a claim on the slivers of characters that I can relate to. I can grab a character and interpret them in my likeness and wear them around and force people to see that people who resemble me at least in some way do exist in the media. By cosplaying, I can warp media until it is forced to reflect me. Cosplaying turns media representation into something interactive, something that I can affect instead of something where my only choices are to consume or not to consume. By cosplaying, I can create an ongoing collage of characters, who, when looked at just right, are exactly like me. And that is so fucking important.
This is also a big part of the reason it bothers me when people say things like “you’re not the right [weight/gender/race/etc] to cosplay that character”. Like, if none of the characters that you can relate to on an emotional level are people that look like you, then the media has failed you! The media has betrayed you and you have every right to stake a claim on the characters who you relate to and cosplay them and show the world that people who have that kind of personality and that kind of experiences can look like you.
By the way, my France wig is from here. If all their wigs are as good as this one, I would 100% recommend them.
Like I personally put a fuckton of time and effort into cosplay but like, I also buy silk instead of food, and go days on end without taking care of myself because I’m too busy sewing. That is not fun for everyone. I would even go so far as to say the majority of people would not find that fun at all.
Even if I sometimes think rude things about less accurate cosplayers (and I don’t all that often), I am not going to share those thoughts because that would make cosplay LESS FUN for people which is the exact opposite of what I want. Also because I want to be friends with the majority of cosplayers I know and giving harsh unprovoked critism will make them not want to be friends with me. And then I would be missing out in a huge way because a lot of cosplayers are great people.
Like ahvfkehfuejfbjkg being rude about cosplay is a terrible idea for everyone omg
Man, bad cosplay blogs, and cosplay elitism in general, bother me a lot. Because they imply that every single person who cosplays can and should be making perfect cosplays, and that is just not true! Making high-quality cosplays takes a ton of time and effort and skills and money, and not everyone has that!
For one, a lot of cosplayers, probably half if not more, are kids. They get some money from their parents and that’s it. And even if they do get enough to make a really good cosplay, maybe *GASP* that’s not the most important thing in their lives. Maybe instead of spending $75 on a great cosplay, they’d rather spend $30 on cosplay and the rest on food, or video games, or other clothing. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable decision, and it’s certainly not something anyone deserves to be shamed for.
And then probably 90% of the cosplayers that aren’t minors are barely scraping together a living off wage slave work, or full-time students, or both. When faced with a decision between cosplay materials and groceries, it is a small minority of crazy people who will chose cosplay. When faced with a decision between sleep and cosplay, it is actually completely reasonable to choose sleep.
Not to mention that excellent cosplay requires a wide skillset that takes a long time to develop. Some people are skill in the trial and error phase of that. That doesn’t mean you can or should make fun of them in public. And again *GASP* a lot of people who enjoy cosplaying as a social hobby are not going to prioritize learning that skill-set over the wide variety of other things they could be putting their time into.
Which brings us to the last and most important point, which is that cosplay is a fun hobby. If making perfect and intricate costumes is what you consider fun, fantastic. But that’s not the only valid way to enjoy cosplay! Some people would like to wear elaborate costumes but don’t have the time or money to do so. That’s okay! Some people want to make perfect cosplays but don’t have the skillset down yet. That’s fine! Some people just want to dress up and goof around with a few friends, without putting a huge effort into it outside of that. And that is okay, too!
There is no right or wrong way to enjoy cosplaying. What is wrong is telling people that their way of enjoying it is wrong or inferior.
And as a side note, a disgusting number of bad cosplay blogs and threads target people for not having the right body type or face shape or fucking SKIN COLOUR. And that is so completely unacceptable. But even if they don’t do that, I still think it is rude and invasive and completely uncalled for.
The blogs that offer critique instead of just being assholes aren’t quite as bad but like. They did not ask for your critique. Maybe they are happy with their cosplay the way it is. Maybe they already know it could be better are they are either working on it, or they don’t care. I think that the vast majority of cosplayers who want extensive critique or advice know where to find it if they want it.
Oh right! I recently made a jacket and vest for a friend to cosplay Daniel from Amnesia.
Notes from today:
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