You'd think that we'd have had enough of nerd "facepalm" moments in the last few days, but it's always worth calling out internet jerks. To shrug and say "Meh, internet" is letting them win.
That's the case with one Chaka Cumberbatch, an African-American cosplayer who's been on the receiving end of quite a lot of internet bigotry, all because she's a dedicated, passionate cosplayer who happens to be black. She wrote about her experiences here, and while mildly depressing to read at first, one comes to appreciate how well she's taken it and stood up - and continues to stand up - to those d-bags.
The strange irony of cosplay is that it's a form of self-expression that relies on dressing like someone else, but what many of the bigots (the white ones at least) don't realize is that to restrict people to "same-race" cosplay (notwithstanding that this is all about fictional characters) would cut out them as well, at least in the anime realm. After all, most anime characters are Japanese/Asian unless stated otherwise (a justifiable presumption considering Nippon's relative ethnic homogeneity).
Cumberbatch's piece is well worth the read, and gives insights as to what it's like to cosplay outside the "norm", and why she does so (Hint: It's not to win the approval of others or satisfy her geek credentials).
Photo Gallery: (3 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys
Get more Japanator: We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out
Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.