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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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.
Indeed, Pinkhub, Everyone is racist. Any TRUTHFUL educator will inform you that almost all modern education theories imply that humans learn through broad generalizations that slowly get hammered down to more and more accuracy.
Racism is inevitable.
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?
I think you have to be aware of the associations you invoke... a blonde wig does not invoke images of oppression
I think it's nitpicky to generalize a Caucasian coloring their skin as automatically associated with blackface under ANY circumstance. It's just a way to control people.
all I wanted to say is that I think that this is part of why people consider this racist, and that one should be aware of that, in the end wether an act of any kind is racist is defined by wether racism plays into the decision to commit it, right ?
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.
As I've pointed out previously that portrayals always has to do with the negative aspects of another's race. How does this play out in the minds of children of that race? Years Blacks were thought of as simpletons, buffoons through portrayals.