What is Inappropriate Cosplay?

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8 Responses

  1. JerryO says:

    Well said, very well said indeed. Being the parent of two younger kids (2 & 7), I appreciate your thoughts on this. :)

  2. Aimee says:

    Definitely food for thought. As a long time cosplayer and now a parent, I can definitely relate to this. Most people say things like “do whatever you want” without regard for the feelings of others.

  3. morningstar says:

    I will be attending my third convention in July and one of the things I love about conventions is that it is an open friendly place; all types of people, all ages from all kinds of backgrounds. When it comes to cosplay, I think that it’s one thing to dress up as a zombie from The Walking Dead that scares a young child. Those kind of shows are not made or marketed towards a child friendly audience and so will just be regarded as something scary by the child. However, taking a well known character that is loved by children (Superman, Batman, Spiderman etc) and making an admittedly creative scary cosplay out of it, I think should best be left for Halloween. It’s common sense to see how upsetting it would be for a child to see a beloved character looking dead/scary.

    I agree with the comment in the article though that the human body will not have an impact on the child’s psyche. This will only happen if adults react to the human body and cause the developing mind to associate the human body with something “bad” or “wrong”.

  4. Owl says:

    I was raised at conventions and I remember one year when I was about five that there was the one guy who wore a bloody costume consisting of a bloody blue button up shirt, bloody denim overalls, and a realistic Hatchet in his head. Now, I’m seventeen and I still remember this cosplay in detail. My parents had to carry me out of the room during the masquerade, which I was in, because I was terrified. So, I understand this completely.

  5. Leticia says:

    Cons are amazing events. Let’s be frank here though, it is not a place for children. These events take place in very large venues and with multitudes of people. There will be all kinds of people and cosplayers there. There is no such thing as inappropriate cosplays, just inappropriate places for children. Cons are for fans and cosplayers to interact and to strut their stuff! It is ridiculous to think that they need to be censored for the sake of small children who do not belong there. You have kids? great. You wanna take them out to a con or any ‘inappropriate’ place? Then brace yourself for situations where your children will see ‘inappropriate’ things and prepare them as well. Still don’t like it? Then simply don’t take them.
    There are plenty of places and events appropriate for kids and I’m sure children are better suited to go there. I, for one, do not attend events like cons to hear kids cry and have parents complain about how things are ‘inappropriate’. I go to have fun and to embrace and accept cons for what they are. There is no need to censor anything. It’s no mystery what cons are or can be, they shouldn’t come as a surprise to parents or anyone.

  6. Kimi says:

    I have to disagree Leticia. Comic conventions sell tickets priced specifically for children. They often have panels and programming aimed at children and families. Regular con-goers may not like that kids are there, but the events are specifically marketing to them. The comic companies make huge amounts of money off of selling cartoons, comics, animated movies, and merchandise to children. How can we simply disregard them as budding fans who will eventually keep our fandoms alive?

    Also, I have never seen warnings about cosplay on any convention website or advertisements. You say it’s “no mystery” what cons can or cannot be, but for first-time attendees, how are they supposed to know what to expect?

    I am not in favor of rules to censor cosplayers, but I do hope that cosplayers will recognize the responsibility that comes with any type of performance art and consider their audience and their venue.

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