dont darken your skin for cosplay. stop darkening your skin for fucking cosplay
you are using someones skintone that they are oppressed for as an accessory for your costume. you can wipe it off at the end of the day and go back to benefiting from being lighter skinned, while…
It’s not talking about stuff like that. It’s talking about for example, a person is cosplaying as a character of another ethnicity or skin color and colors their skin like that. For example, say a white person wanted to cosplay as Nick Fury, and so they colored their skin black to be more accurate. See how that would be not okay? It’s like using the way people naturally look as a costume, without regard for the other stuff that comes with it. It would be different from a white person cosplaying as the Joker, because the Joker doesn’t have a normal skin tone.
And the point I was making was I do not see that as different. If someone wants to cosplay Ultimate Nick Fury, then changing his/her skin color for accuracy seems just as acceptable as changing his/her skin color to play, say, Mystique.
Ummm well you know they used to do that when black peoples weren’t allowed to perform on stage…
Yes, and men used to play women when women were not allowed to perform, but I do not see you hating on crossplayers. (At least I hope you are not hating on crossplayers…)
you know that that was wrong, right?
and you know that black face is wrong, don’t you?
you’re kind of scaring me here. a little.
Yes, I do know racism is wrong, and I know blacks were(/are) oppressed in America, and I definitely think that is wrong, but I do not think cosplayers trying to make their costumes accurate are the problem. If anything, telling cosplayers that specific skin colors are not okay feels more like contributing to the problem.
It’s not like cosplayers are painting themselves different colors to perform as those specific ethnicities, or to make fun of and/or oppress them. Cosplayers do this for FUN. If anything, I would feel good if someone painted themselves to be that specific race they were cosplaying, because they’d be putting more heart and thought into it than just (for example) slapping on an eyepatch and calling themselves Nick Fury. like Zach said, telling people it’s not okay to do so is more of the problem than people actually doing it.
For the sake of not stirring up drama, hurting someone’s feelings etc. I think it might be smart not to darken one’s skin but at the same time, this argument isn’t the best one, really.. I get the point, but I can imagine people thinking things like: I mean, what about crossplayers, as mentioned above? What about cosplaying as a transgendered character? A character who’s sexual orientation isn’t given all the same rights and respect as others? What about cosplaying a character with some sort of physical disability?
Some might say that, ‘oooh but it’s not the same thing/ as bad as blackface/other’. Really? Of course, some people ‘have it easier’ than others but I think it’s pretty bad to just invalidate other people’s problems.
I hope you understand what I’m trying to say and I’m sorry if it comes across as offending. I’m still not saying that blackface, racism of any sort, making a mockery of someone is ok, not at all. I’m just saying that with this type of argument, people will reflect about what else might not be ok in the cosplay community, or why we have these values about certain things but not about others. It sure got me thinking, at least.
Personally, I just wish that we all, regardless of age, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, appearance and so on could just be happy together and keep on doing what we all love, cosplaying, without judging eachother. That’s the future I wish for and the reality I wish to be a part of during my lifetime.
The fact that most guys’ first response to a woman wanting equality is “SO CAN I HIT U NOW” is sort of terrifying Like that’s the first thing you’re concerned about? I just want equal pay and you want to punch me in the face? Cool cool
Not like I’ve been wanting this song ever since I watched the Whistleblower trailer or anything… (This song was made in 1911; performed by the American Quartet and has been used in the Outlast: Whistleblower DLC.)