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Harassment Of Cosplayers and Purple Ribbons

Postby ashfire » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:16 pm

A discussion came up on a anime con Facebook site about cosplayers ,females and males, being asked embarrassing questions or commits directed at them about their costume or why they are doing something like that.
One story I had seen was a group acting as news or documentary crew approaching someone and ask questions sexual or other wise to the cosplayer. Doing things that made them uncomfortable. Filming their chest or other areas. One female reported this group to the anime con group but said nothing was done to stop them or remove them from the con.
I have heard of incidents where coplayers are asked to pose in some way in a manner that could be uncomfortable to how they felt about it. Even having the harasser pose in some way, like without their shirt.
Physical touching or even assaulting a cosplayer. At one anime con I know of, a young man wearing a box over them as a costume was assaulted by other con attendees who were caught arrested and banned from the con for life.
Now in this discussion was the idea for those who are against harassment, bully, assault of cosplayers to wear purple ribbons with the words BACK UP on them on their con badges to be willing to step in to help confront a harasser. This could be another attendee or a con volunteer or staffer maybe personnel working for the building where the con is being held.
It may not always happen at a anime con but also comic cons or anywhere people will cosplay.
As a con staffer I have to watch for problems and step in to control the situation. I would also hope that other attendees would come and find a staffer or step in until a staffer gets there to help someone in need.
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Re: Harassment Of Cosplayers and Purple Ribbons

Postby Makachop^^128 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:51 pm

I have heard a lot of horrible storys that have happened to cosplayers :/ I've had one myself. I'll wear the ribbon! I'm going to a few cons this year :)
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Re: Harassment Of Cosplayers and Purple Ribbons

Postby ashfire » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:03 pm

I seen a recent story posted about a cosplayer who wanted to cosplay as Wonder Woman. She ordered the outfit and went to a comic con and was jeered because she was over weight but she felt she was doing something she liked but was shamed by many that seen her.
If anyone cosplays they are doing something they like and taken the time and money to do it
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Re: Harassment Of Cosplayers and Purple Ribbons

Postby ashfire » Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:58 pm

Well someone has taken to attacking cosplayer on a website. I cannot use the word they use as part of the website but it does start with "S" and ends with a "Y" Cosplay. Some of the pictures this person has used maybe copyright photos and they may have taken some from personal on site photo albums. After they have gotten these picture they then attack the people in the pictures with nasty comments. Some of the picture have been from Otakon and Katsucon and others. One thing this person has said "Send us pictures or we will attend cons to get them."
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Re: Harassment Of Cosplayers and Purple Ribbons

Postby Mullet Death » Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:49 am

^^^That's pretty awful and weird. I wonder what's wrong with people
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