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Playin’ with wigs at SDCC.

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he-was-number-wan:

My friend (the same one who turned Zelda into Elsa) made a skin for Yoshi that turns him into a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex.
This is how life should be lived.

-watches people add commentary to the dia de los muertos image-

Are you telling me I can’t cosplay as a fantastic character that would be really fun to do just because I’m not Mexican? Cause that’s sort of like telling me that I cant dress up as ANY anime character because I’m not Japanese.”

smh

no. no it’s not

chasertiff:

donerdythings:

chasertiff:

chasertiff:

donerdythings:

Raise your hand if you’re super apprehensive about more white people wearing Dia de los Muertos as a costume!

honest question—you’re saying there’s no difference between cosplaying a character from a film vs dressing up as a caricature of a culture?
at what point is it unacceptable to cosplay a character and what point is it acceptable? Because cosplaying a character that doesn’t match your race is okay, but when does cosplaying a character of a different race become appropriation? Is it because of her ties to the holiday? Is cosplaying this character no different from dressing up as ‘day of the dead’ with disregard for the culture?

please stop reblogging this saying ‘you agree with me’ like i am literally trying to understand what the line is between a costume that is appreciative of an art and one that is disrespectful of a culture i’m literally not making a statement i’m asking a question
IM NOT MAKING A STATEMENT IM ASKING A QUESTION

I’M GLAD YOU ASKED (unlike these other reblogs).
The issue with cosplaying this particular character is because of what she represents. For many people, Dia de los Muertos is a culturally and religiously significant Mexican holiday, and not a fun dress up party like Halloween or your friendly neighborhood convention is. The issue is that this holiday, and in particular sugar skull imagery, is being used as a meaningless, hey-this-looks-cool costume, and it’s being stripped of its meaning because of this attitude. Even worse, people (for the sake of people being defensive, this applies to “the dominant culture” aka white people) don’t see anything wrong with taking PoC culture and devaluing it until it has no significant meaning.
And the fact that now there’s a character in a movie, who is specifically representing a very specific culture and belief and is not just wearing it for fun, changes nooooothing. The character’s design is tastefully, knowingly, and respectfully representing exactly what it means to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, you dressing up just for funsies because it looks cool is not: it’s 100% the same exact problem.
This isn’t a matter of “you’re not allowed to cosplay characters that aren’t your race” it’s an issue of respecting the cultural significance of a holiday that is not there for you to cherry pick the pretty parts from. 

Does this make all characters of cultural significance out of bounds?

I would say it depends on the culture’s community (and by community, I don’t mean that one person person you know that says it’s cool). If the community has reached a general consensus and does not have a problem, then there is not a problem. However, many Mexican people are worried about Dia de los Muertos losing its meaning and cultural significance, and that is something that should be respected.
Admire the culturally significant outfits for what they are, but please do not take them as your own. After all, there are plenty of other gorgeous outfits to make!
moitesquib:

knitted-fritters:

chasertiff:

chasertiff:

donerdythings:

Raise your hand if you’re super apprehensive about more white people wearing Dia de los Muertos as a costume!

honest question—you’re saying there’s no difference between cosplaying a character from a film vs dressing up as a caricature of a culture?
at what point is it unacceptable to cosplay a character and what point is it acceptable? Because cosplaying a character that doesn’t match your race is okay, but when does cosplaying a character of a different race become appropriation? Is it because of her ties to the holiday? Is cosplaying this character no different from dressing up as ‘day of the dead’ with disregard for the culture?

please stop reblogging this saying ‘you agree with me’ like i am literally trying to understand what the line is between a costume that is appreciative of an art and one that is disrespectful of a culture i’m literally not making a statement i’m asking a question
IM NOT MAKING A STATEMENT IM ASKING A QUESTION

The difference (I think) Is that when you cosplay, unless you’re Japanese 9/10 times you’re going to be cosplaying a character that is not your race. Even if your ARE Japanese, there are plenty of characters that are races that don’t even exist. There are lots of people, (white, black, hispanic) who will cosplay wearing traditional Japanese festival garb with no problems.  I think that so long as you take on your cosplay with love, dedication, and respect to the culture you are portraying there shouldn’t be a line. SO LONG AS YOU ARE ACTUALLY RECREATING A COSTUME AND PORTRAYING A CHARACTER. 
Now, I think where things get very sticky is when people will put on a costume, say a Dia De Los Muertos costume and they treat it as such. They wear it for Halloween or they wear it for a photo shoot. In doing this you are putting and entire culture on your body and calling it a costume. You’re squashing years of rich history and tradition into some cheap outfit you picked up at Party City and wearing it on your body for one night because its either “Funny, Sexy, or Cool.” That is not respecting heritage. 
There is a difference between cosplaying Nagisa, from Free! in his festival garb and just painting your face white and throwing on a kimono for Halloween and saying “Do I look Japanese yet!?” The line is both are you cosplaying a character or a culture AND did you do your homework or did you buy this costume for 19.99 off ebay? 

agreed. also: you don’t have to be of the specific descent in order to celebrate Dias los Muertos. My college had a wonderful event for it, where we all paint our faces and dance around the campus. It was wonderful, and the talent of some of the Sugar Skull paintings was breathtaking. It was also a wonderful opportunity to learn about the tradition.

There are some nice points about how this issue is not the same as cosplaying outside of your ethnicity, but I disagree that doing research is the same as respecting heritage.
Just because you got the costume 100% right doesn’t mean you’re wearing it as anything other than a meaningless costume once you take it out of its cultural context and parade around at a convention like it’s any other cosplay.
The issue is less about being “race-accurate” for a cosplay, and more about respecting the culture of the holiday. As stated above, you don’t have to be Mexican or even Catholic to participate in the Dia de los Muertos celebration, but there is a difference between when you are participating in the holiday itself and taking a tradition out of the celebration and sticking it wherever you’d like, such as as conventions, or even as a costume on Halloween.
chasertiff:

chasertiff:

donerdythings:

Raise your hand if you’re super apprehensive about more white people wearing Dia de los Muertos as a costume!

honest question—you’re saying there’s no difference between cosplaying a character from a film vs dressing up as a caricature of a culture?
at what point is it unacceptable to cosplay a character and what point is it acceptable? Because cosplaying a character that doesn’t match your race is okay, but when does cosplaying a character of a different race become appropriation? Is it because of her ties to the holiday? Is cosplaying this character no different from dressing up as ‘day of the dead’ with disregard for the culture?

please stop reblogging this saying ‘you agree with me’ like i am literally trying to understand what the line is between a costume that is appreciative of an art and one that is disrespectful of a culture i’m literally not making a statement i’m asking a question
IM NOT MAKING A STATEMENT IM ASKING A QUESTION

I’M GLAD YOU ASKED (unlike these other reblogs).
The issue with cosplaying this particular character is because of what she represents. For many people, Dia de los Muertos is a culturally and religiously significant Mexican holiday, and not a fun dress up party like Halloween or your friendly neighborhood convention is. The issue is that this holiday, and in particular sugar skull imagery, is being used as a meaningless, hey-this-looks-cool costume, and it’s being stripped of its meaning because of this attitude. Even worse, people (for the sake of people being defensive, this applies to “the dominant culture” aka white people) don’t see anything wrong with taking PoC culture and devaluing it until it has no significant meaning.
And the fact that now there’s a character in a movie, who is specifically representing a very specific culture and belief and is not just wearing it for fun, changes nooooothing. The character’s design is tastefully, knowingly, and respectfully representing exactly what it means to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, you dressing up just for funsies because it looks cool is not: it’s 100% the same exact problem.
This isn’t a matter of “you’re not allowed to cosplay characters that aren’t your race” it’s an issue of respecting the cultural significance of a holiday that is not there for you to cherry pick the pretty parts from. 
doodleedoos:

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mikemaihack:

No one is more excited about Batgirl’s new costume than Kara.
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