Over the past few years Cosplay has been popular among nerds, geeks and gamers around the world. Cosplay can be a fun way to get in the spirit of conventions and other events or to just show love to your favorite characters by dressing in related costumes. This seemingly harmless trend can prove to be a light-hearted way to have fun and a way to hype up anticipation to upcoming games, shows and more. But as fun as it is there have been way for people to ruin the amusement for everyone else.
People are beginning to take this innocent way to show appreciation to the nerdy world around us as a serious lifestyle, a selfish display of talent or just a way to gain attention and build fans. Sadly, the way some people have treated cosplay has ripped the fun out of it for others who just simply wanted enjoyment. Even shows like Heros of Cosplay have put a damper on the joy of Cosplay by displaying unrealistic expectation, rude actions and disappointment in others for race, gender and body type.
Some people take dressing up as your favorite characters far too serious. If your costume isn’t precise or as good as all the others then guess what; you don’t deserve to wear that attire, no matter how big of a fan you are. These serious people go as far as to taunt others for not being as big of a fan of said character because their outfit isn’t exact to the way the character had worn the costume. When someone wants to dress up as a character it might not be their goal to do it perfect, maybe they just like that character and wanted to show that in whatever way they could.
There is no problem when people throw together a little something for a convention, photos or everyday wear and some serious cosplayers seem to think otherwise. Blondes can’t be Wonder Woman overweight people can’t be Super Man you stupid fools; if you don’t fit the role perfectly don’t enjoy yourself in that costume because you look stupid and you’re not a true fan… NOT! The ignorance just reeked from the precious sentence. How untrue a statement like that is sickening to think others actually feel that way.
Another problem about Cosplay is the fact that they make getting around a convention or event a heck of a lot harder; not just for you but for everyone around you. Cosplayers have come to think that the world revolves around them and their magnificent costumes at conventions when really your wings are blocking 500 people from getting to where they want to go; you are annoying not impressive. It is just not considerate to wear an elaborate costume and block walkways for photos under any circumstance because not everyone around you wants to see how great your costume is. Save the great stuff for the stage.
Cosplay is neat and should not be banned at conventions under any circumstance but something needs to be done to stop people from creating traffic jams. To top it off, some cosplayers like to complain about people wanting pictures… why would they put on something so skimpy, elaborate or accurate if they didn’t want to be stopped every three seconds for a photo? A message to cosplayers, photographers, other fans and more, please understand that your costume is neat but there is a time and place to show them off which unfortunately isn’t walking around a convention. There are plenty of other areas and competitions where people gather to celebrate you and your greatness where they are more than appropriate.
Cosplay can be great but there are those out there that put on said outfits for the sole purpose of getting attention. Some girls wear little outfits to get attention from the guys out there which is rather annoying and of course disrespectful to themselves and others who aren’t drooling over them. Cosplay was once innocent enough and a way to communicate with others who loved that same thing you do. Now we have attention seeking ladies wearing nearly nothing for self gain… This trend has even made life harder on the girls doing it as well as other females because people not only classify the two together but they doubt that they are even really into the nerd culture; even if they are.
People get in fights about real nerds and fake nerds because of these girls and it creates unneeded tension for every girl out there; the real, the fake, the attractive real, the fake attractive- whatever you want to call them. If you’re a sexy girl and you want to dress like a character do it in a tasteful way. Sex appeal is great to a degree and should not be removed from the costume entirely just enough to keep a little value to others around you. This will not only keep the doubts of you being real away but it will also prove you have a little self respect.
It was noticed at the past San Diego Comic Con there was far less intricate costumes around the convention. If everyone doesn’t let go of their pride and appreciate the other fans around them we will see the trend of Cosplay die off. Hopefully people can learn to respect one another and take putting on a costume as fun instead of stressful or serious so that we may once again be able to show our fanboy and girl-ism without condition. We can put on an outfit to show that we are a fan and we can do so without disrupting others day and do so with a standard of self respect. If things don’t change, thank god it’s over because this once fun celebratory way to enjoy ourselves has progressively got a lot less pleasant.