The Problem with Cosplay Celebrity | Bitter Gertrude
As ever, I don’t normally share things that aren’t my own. But I actually got a lot of hate online for being an ‘emo’, pierced Ghostbuster. At nearly thirty years old I don’t even identify as emo or much of anything else. But with comments going as far as saying they’d tackle me and rip out my metal piercings, I’ve noticed the change in dressing up as your favorite characters as well. Probably helped the photos made me look a foot shorter than I am. But the acceptance is a fair bit different than even a couple years ago before the scene changed to being more about girls n skin tight body suits.
The really telling part was the photos with my friend, where she was wearing the tighter female GB costume with gear I built, and though she has as many piercings as me, got none of the hate when we were in photos together. And I can’t help but think boots and tights had a helping hand in the more favourable comments.
The funny part is the article is a commentary from a 501st member, a group that’s been a bit exclusionary to begin with if your costume isn’t up to their standards. Hell, there’s even groups of Ghostbusters that are exclusionary in their standards. I could join, my pack is damn screen accurate. But do I want to join in that, even if groups like that put in a lot of charity work? Notreally, thank you.
Personally I couldn’t give a shit if someone approves of my enjoyment of dressing up, in person I’ve received nothing but props for the obvious work I put into making anything I wear as authentic and accurate as possible. But I realise that for females, the standards are a bit more policed, especially from their own gender as well as pig headed males.