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Is it considered racist when a person who cosplays a black or brown character colors their skin?


Cosplay is when a person dresses up to look like a character in a TV show, video game, or movie. I've seen pictures online of Caucasian people who dress up as a brown character "Korra" from the Legend of Korra cartoon. They make their skin tan to fit the image of the character. It never entered my mind to be offended, but I've seen comments of people who consider these cosplayers to be racist.I'm a person of color myself, but I don't really understand it. I'd like to read your points of view, and maybe you can enlighten me.

 

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    pinkhub 4 years ago

    Well according to your definition I guess that makes everybody a little bit racist. I personally don't have a problem if a person wants to tan for a cosplay event. It just surprised me that there are people who take offense and cry out racist.


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    pinkhub 4 years ago

    I feel like cosplaying a fictional character and portraying stereotypical black person for laughs is different. There is a fine line though. My friends that cosplay they take it very seriously and they want to accurately portray their character.


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    pinkhub 4 years ago

    But I can't see cosplay being in the same context as blackface. Theres a distinction.Many cosplayers dress up because they look up to that character.Are cosplayers not allowed to wear blonde wigs because their own hair isn't naturally colored blonde?


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