Alright you costumed weirdos, LISTEN UP
Needs to STOP.
I’m not just talking about saying crap like that to me. That minor comment is not the first time something like that has happened or been said to or about me, and its not the last. (Remember the time I got glared at and talked shit about by another Harley and her group for an entire convention?) Its not the first time something like that has been said to any cosplayer.
I’m talking about saying crap like that about other cosplayers in general.
Lets just revisit some basic etiquette here. It is rude to comment on a picture of someone you are not friends with on their own personal facebook and refer to them as a cunt. Especially if its only because they are wearing a costume you want to/plan on wearing. Its still rude to do so on 4chan, deviantart, tumblr, coscom, facebook etc. But doing so on their personal page? WOW.
I’m just using this recent comment as an example. This is tame compared to some comments I, and countless others have had to put up with.
We cosplayers have a problem. A serious problem. Male and Female cosplayers alike hate on others simply because the person in question is cosplaying a character they want to, or have cosplayed in the past. We get attached to a character, or the idea of a character, and become threatened by this other person having the audacity to dress up as the same character we want to or have dressed up as, and choose to lash out verbally. We aim to hurt, to cut them down, to make ourselves feel better.
This is not okay.
That other cosplayer that you just insulted has done nothing wrong, has done nothing to offend you by wearing a costume and having a good time in it. They are not cosplaying to spite you. They don’t have some secret connection to your brain and your cosplay list and they are most certainly not cackling evilly, twirling their old time-y villain moustaches and checking off each character on that list.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it doesn’t matter HOW good a cosplayer looks in their costume, how much recognition one gets or doesn’t get, how accurate a costume is or even what convention the costume is worn to. It doesn’t. None of that makes one cosplayer better than another.
Calling each other ‘cunts’ and ‘tramps’ and ‘bitches’ certainly does not make anyone a better person than someone else.
It has been said to death, but I don’t think anyone is actually attempting to let it sink in. So I’ll say it again:
We are all grown ass adults dressing up as comic book, video game, movie, and tv show characters.
She’s not better than her for going to more conventions, being 100% screen accurate or having a slimmer body and bigger bustline. He’s not better than him for having flawlessly detailed costumes, having shimmering abs or knowing people in the industry.
I will say it again: We’re wearing god damn costumes, people. For 90% of the cosplay community, this is a hobby, for fun. You remember fun? You know, ha haha ha ha?
So please, for the love of all things nerdy, stop putting each other down. Stop talking trash online. Stop glaring at someone at a con because they are dressed as the same character as you.
If you think their costume is better than yours, look at their construction and try and learn from it. If you see someone cosplaying the same person as you, go up to them and talk about how awesome that character is!
Let go of that anger and jealousy, stop being so overprotective of the character you love and make new friends, don’t create nemeses.
How to determine which side is your good side!
If there’s one thing you hear all the time from people who are getting their photos taken, it’s “make sure you get my good side” but what does that exactly mean? Each side looks the same to you!
Well, faces aren’t actually symmetrical! Everyone’s face is a little asymmetrical, wether it’s by a little or by a lot! You probably don’t notice it much, but there’s a way to tell what side of your face is the “good” side!
First, take a picture of yourself in even lighting, with no makeup, glasses and your hair pulled back. I know it’s unflattering but just do it, you want to judge your natural face.
Now, go into photoshop and open your picture. I don’t have photoshop so i’m using pixlr, an online photoshop website.
The next step is to select half your face. Try to get as in the middle as you possibly can. A good judge of what half your face is is by looking at your lips, if you have heart shaped lips just make sure you’re right in the middle of them.
After that copy that half and paste it. Then, delete the background (the original, full picture)
After that, duplicate the later and flip it horizontally so you have the a full face made up of only one side.
I deleted the background so you know for sure when the two sides meet and get an accurate representation of your face, instead of accidentally overlapping the two layers on the nose. Even a few pixels can throw it off. Then you bring them together, save the image, and do the same for the other side of your face!
You’ll be left with three VERY different pictures of yourself! The first is your real face:
Then your face it it was symmetrical with the right side:
And your face is it was symmetrical to your left!
Finding your “good” side is just a matter of deciding which one you think looks better! (Personally I think my left side has a bit more character so I choose to photograph myself from that side as much as I can).
This trick is great if you’re going into modeling, if you’re a cosplayer, or if you just hate looking at photos of yourself and your friends and not liking what you see!
Kuroi Barra PSA and Info Post all in one.
Beforehand, just in case: possible trigger warning for encouraged violence, a girl who is clearly a nut, racism (though if she IS Asian, I think it would be prejudice. Please correct me if I’m wrong), victim blaming, possible homophobia/a slur for homosexuals and wishing death on large groups of innocent people. If any of these are severely triggering for you, or you find them disturbing in a damaging way, please do not read this. I wouldn’t want to do that to you.
Also, a second note: When I discuss the racism/prejudice she shows, I don’t mean explicitely against white people, though a lot of it focuses on them. White people can’t experience racism and experience prejudice instead, etc. However, she openly admits to being racist, shows extreme prejudice, and it’s usually against whites, but also includes Mexicans and other Asians. Just so you know this isn’t BAWW BAWW WHITE GIRL FEELING OPPRESSED.
So, as anyone who follows weeabostories or dumbdeviant art probably knows, there’s recently been some dA wank about a girl who considers herself a troll and bullied, harrassed, and stole from various Alois cosplayers at a con because she dislikes Alois. And she’s proud of it. She gloated about it in her dA journal, and announced plans to do it again.
We’ve also learned that she apparently believes she is married to Ciel Phantomhive, owns him, and this is why she despises Alois so much, and by extension his cosplayers.
When called out on this by hundreds of people on her dA page, she deactivated her account and attempted to dissapear. And that was the end of it, right?
If what this girls behavior in things that have been found after shows? No.
Out of curiosity, I decided to run her username through a google search.
The first thing I got was her page, now deactivated. The next, however, was a commentary she made on a friend’s submission, which happened to be a cosplay of Alois.
She proceeds to call the cosplay disgusting and say it should be killed. She then says only A “f*g” would cosplay Alois, and only someone who is just like him, and “fuck them” when her friend asks her to respect the cosplayer at least. Her friend inquires as to whether she would be a considered a f*g should she cosplay him, and Kuroi says yes, she would. She then says “I would kick your ass. But won’t kill you. But I’m going to almost kill you.”. For cosplaying a character she dislikes. Note, this isn’t in a joking tone. She is completely serious, as you’ll see as we get farther in.
They chit chat for a while, before Kuroi says they should cosplay together, and that she has a “Trancy proof” Ciel outfit ready. And then gives us this clearly sane gem: “When I get to Fanimecon…they will all die.” And proceeds to say how she thinks their (and remember, we’re not talking about Alois. We’re talking about people who cosplay as him.) death would be better for everyone. She also decides to throw in some racism/prejudice about how her area has too many Mexicans and other Asians, and that you need to grow up tough so when you go to the States, you will be feared. After some idle chatter about fights, the conversation gets dropped.
(I get the impression here the friend was very uncomfortable with what she was saying, but not willing to stand up and call her out beyond requesting she be respectful of the cosplayer.)
The link to that is here.
Now, something I considered was that, hey, maybe she’s built a rep on dA, and has to uphold it there. Clearly she’s just a little obssessive, but it can’t be that bad.
Then I found her Gaia.
In the official Kuroshitsuji Thread, she chats with various people. At some point, a girl tells her about how she saw a boy who looked like Alois hitting a girl, and slapped him so he’d leave her alone. Kuroi then commends her for this, only to add that she should have a.) hit the girl for letting the boy hit her (because, you know, she totally let him beat on her) and b.) set the boy on fire. Not because he hit her. Oh, no. Because he happened to look like Alois.
The bastion of sanity, ladies and gents.
But it doesn’t end there. Later, someone mentions wondering what they should do if they see someone who even looks like Alois (Though they refer to it as “a Trancy”). Kuroi’s response?
“You nail them to the floor and slowly drop dripping melted wax on them and surround it in a ring of gasoline and alcohol. Video tape it. Then throw the match on it.”
For daring to look like Alois Trancy, even if you have no idea who he is.
Also she hates Lizzie and wants her to die, even after proving she’s a BAMF, but that isn’t exactly unusual in our fandom. Also, from what I can gather, she apparently thinks Yana is changing things for HER, and she…is represented by Lizzie in terms of being Ciel’s wife/how she grew up to be? IDK. Also at one point in a non-related thread she says she hate tatoos of spider’s because Alois has one. (A spider, not a tattoo.)
Also, she has a penchant for throwing around slurs about homosexuals. And at one point uses the N-word.
When not attacking innocent cosplayers, throwing around slurs, or encouraging unwarrented violence, apparently she likes to “crush other fans” of people she likes because she doesn’t “want to share them”.
And she thinks white people shouldn’t cosplay because “it’s rare to find someone who doesn’t look horrible more than 30% of the time.” (I paraphrased.) And apparently, despite being Asian herself, allegedly, she can’t tell when someone is Japanese or is just another Asian-type. She also believes people who want to be Asian should go to California to see what Asians are really like. Link here.
Previous to that she admits to being racist, that she hates when white people try to cosplay, and ESPECIALLY when they try to cosplay Ciel. She admits that she yells at them for it, and considering her behavior so far, I wouldn’t be surprised if she means she randomly gets in there faces by surprise and starts shrieking. Also she hates seeing white people cosplay, but goes to cons anyway. (And then aformentioned yelling ensues, I’m assuming.)
And that’s as far back as Gaia will take me.
I haven’t managed to find anything else.
For those going JFC DO YOU LACK A LIFE ENOUGH TO HAVE DONE THIS? Yes. Yes I do. I am waiting to leave for college, and thus have all the free time in the world. also I am peeved at the audacity of this girl and the fear she has caused in others.
But please know that despite that, I’m not trying to harrass this girl the way she did others. I am not attempting to bully her in return. I am attempting to show people this in an effort to get it out there that there is someone who is clearly disturbed when it comes to this fandom (and others), and could very well target anyone I know (and don’t) simply for cosplaying or looking like the character of Alois Trancy.
If anyone knows this girl IRL, please tell someone what’s going on. If this is what she is really like, please tell someone and get her help. Not only will you be helping her, but you’ll be helping the people she has hurt in the past, and plans to in the future.
If you find anything else you would like me to add, please drop it in my ASK and I’ll see what I can do.
And for anyone cosplaying Alois or apparently Ciel (if you’re white) in the California area, please be care, please be safe, stay in groups, and if you run into her report her.
Do not let her get away with this kind of behavior.
Do not let her scare or intimidate you.
If force is necessary to defend yourself against her, or ward her off, by all rights, punch her face in.
Do whatever you can to keep yourself safe and unbullied, and to keep her from doing this to others.
Thank you, and goodnight.
EDIT: Not sure if it’s true, but according to an anon on /cgl/, they work at the con and informed the Division Head, who doesn’t care. Does anyone know if something can be done about this? If it can be taken to a higher group?
EDIT THE SECOND: Until it can be proved, because it risks a potentially innocent girl coming under fire, I’ve removed the comment about VP.
EDIT THE THIRD:
According to a FormSpring question answered a year ago, she’s only eighteen. (She was seventeen at the time it was answered.) Read the thing wrong. Someone responded with “I’m 17.”, and she asked “what’s it like to be outsmarted by someone five years younger than you?”. This was a year ago. She’s thirteen posing as a 22 year old. Allegedly her name is Katelynn as well. Signs are pointing to internet-tough-girl tween who only pretends to be Asian.
EDIT THE FOURTH: