To put this letter into context first, on their website they were advertising tickets as follows: “Come in out of the cold and Cuddle a Cosplayer”
Despite that being VERY skeezy, and completely against everything CONsent stands for (and though they did change it to (with consent) after a little bit of outcry) - the finer points of the discussion/controversy can be read on this article here == > FanExpo “Cuddle a Cosplayer”
Now, as a cosplayer myself I’m… offended, upset… I really don’t know. First of all you are encouraging your attendees to ‘cuddle’ us. Who knows what this entails as it is really pretty open ended and people can view ‘cuddling’ as different things. Not only are you encouraging them, you’re almost PROMISING them that they’re allowed to do so. By buying a ticket from you, you are letting them know that they are allowed to touch us. Did you email every single cosplayer to ask our permission? No of course you didn’t, that would be silly, it’s also sort of impossible. But that impossibility gives you absolutely NO right to use us in your marketing while possibly putting us at risk of some sort of sexual harassment.
Second of all, and this one is really just silly, but you used us in your marketing ploy. What should I do? I’m a cosplayer? I bought a ticket… should I go… stand in that corner over there and cuddle myself??? If you’re planning on using the amount of cosplayers that come to your convention as a draw for the General Public… maybe you should start offering some sort of discount for cosplayers, like show up in costume get $5 off.
While my second point is really just silly, over all you are treating us less than what we are. Yes we’re cosplayers, but we’re still human beings. By opening the door you have you have opened the door to so many potential problems, that of course you will never have to deal with, because you aren’t the underaged girl walking around in a pokemon costume about to be groped by an adult male who thinks she’s cute, but hey that’s okay right? FanExpo HQ said they could ‘cuddle’ a cosplayer, that’s what it said when they bought their ticket… try telling that to every young cosplayer male and female who will quit the hobby or be emotionally scarred because of conventions like you opening that door for creepers to creep and make it ok because you let them pay for that ‘right’.
Because I’ve been thinking about all of this a lot lately, and I decided I should probably channel that thought into something.
Perfection. Absolute wordless perfection. The hilarious cherry on top end to an otherwise serious and emotional (for me) episode. More awkward Duncan & Dean encounters please.
05x07 - Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality
Look, I’m glad ‘12 Years [A Slave]’ got made and it’s wonderful that people are seeing it and there is another view of what happened in America. But I’m not real sure why Steve McQueen wanted to tackle that particular sort of thing.
[‘Fruitvale Station’] explains things like the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the problems with stop and search, and is just more poignant. America is much more willing to acknowledge what happened in the past: ‘We freed the slaves! It’s all good!’ But to say: ‘We are still unnecessarily killing black men’ – let’s have a conversation about that.❞
Samuel L. Jackson (via artyartyhadaparty)
I think in light of 12 Years a Slave winning the Oscar for Best Picture, this needs to be remembered. Because it is a very important point in terms of the palatability of 12 Years a Slave and why Fruitvale Station didn’t even get nominated when it has such acclaim outside of the Oscar world.