So I’ve been thinking about this for a while, since Baltimore Comic Con to be exact. I saw a young woman cosplaying as Storm from the X-Men. But she was white. It tool a second for me to go, oh she’s Storm. I think most people are used to cosplayers playing characters that are white and the cosplayer is not white, but is it acceptable for it to go the other way? My brother really likes Cyborg and would love to take on that costume as a challenge. But my brother is a ginger(pale white skin and bright red hair) and isn’t sure if that would be ok for him to make and then dress up as. We were talking about this for a while and neither one of us could answer the question. All we could come up with was we don’t know. So, I’m posing the question to the universe, since it’s totally cool for a character say to go from white to black (Nick Fury, Perry White) or for a cosplayer of color to cosplay a white character, such as Jay Justice, or Yaya Han, but is it ok for a white cosplayer to cosplay a black character such as Storm or Cyborg?
Here are some of the pictures from Day 2. I was in a really interesting panel that brought up Cosplay does not equal consent and it’s interesting that it has become such a talking point at cons. Not that the idea is wrong but because it is so right that it shouldn’t have to be stated and because it has to be talked about is sad. ETouching someone without their permission is illegal in any instance. There are so many strong female characters to dress up as but so many of them also dress in overly provocitive manors. I don’t think there’s a problem with dressing like them,but I do think there’s a problem with the way they are created. It also saddens me that when a company tries to move away from an over sexed character look there is an outcry from the fans to change the character back to looking that way. Most recently, Power Girl and her lack an then reinsertion of the “boob window.”