So we are going to talk about that Garnet cosplayer right now.
You know the one right? Yeaah this one.
I am so so SO tired of hearing shit about this cosplayer. So lets take a look at some of the reasons why people are so mad at this cosplayer okay?
-She used an afro wig but she should have used foam.
Okay…..she used an afro wig….Like are we not going to talk about the bunches of black cosplayers who either used their own hair or literally bought an afro wig and shaped it? Its okay cause they are black right? Like why not yell at them for not using foam, they could have all gotten foam right? Nah lets be hypocritical instead.
-There was no need to paint herself any color because people of all races cosplay people of other races without painting themselves.
Okay thats cool, I mean Ive cosplayed a purple fucking midget basically and didn’t paint myself purple. No problem, I didn’t have to. However….I don’t sit here bitching about the people who do pain themselves purple. They wanted to be accurate or they wanted to add more to the cosplay. I really don’t hear anyone complaining about the black cosplayers who lighten their skin. Why should I bitch about that? You fucking go, do you know how annoying and time consuming it is to paint yourself any color? Props to you guys for even bothering to do it.
-She assumed Garnet is black. It’s stereotyping.
I wanna know why black people seem to be so ashamed by their racial features that they need to get up in arms every time someone points them out. It’s a fact that every single race has certain staple physical features. How is that a problem. Garnet has bigger lips, black afro like hair, curvy and is darker in color (also voiced by a black woman not that that really matters). Those are fairly staple features in black women. It’s literally no different that all asians having narrower eyes. People of all races do eye makeup when cosplaying to make their eyes more narrow, where is the freaking up roar about that? Cause I haven’t seen it. It isn’t wrong to assume Garnet is black. Why is that a problem? She is an amazing character, she is idolized, she is “stronger than you”! Why would there be a problem in assuming she is black?
Side note: I had to actually really really look to see that she was a reddish or purpleish color and not actually black. She is not that hard to confuse for black. Her actual color changes slightly like all the time.
Oh god. Okay this one is my complete favorite. This one makes me laugh. Alright so lets start with what blackface is. Blackface was a style of theatrical make up used to portray black people, often used in situation that mocked or demeaned them. Actors literally painted ONLY their face black with shoe polish, like BLACK, literally black and then exaggerated staple features leaving around their mouths white. I would like to point out that, although still not making it okay, black actors even used blackface. The very first black actor on broadway used blackface all the time. It was seen as comedy and a way to self-parody until people began viewing it as racism. That is what blackface is. It is parody and mockery. This Garnet cosplayer is not mocking black people, she is not parodying anything, she is trying to portray a character as she saw it. She didn’t paint only her face, she painted everything visible. She saw the freaking amazing Garnet as black and wanted to do it right. Stop calling blackface on people like this. It isn’t blackface. Just stop.
This fandom is out of hand. Honestly, you guys find things to bitch about every day especially cosplayers. My white, male best friend is terrified to cosplay Garnet. He LOVES Garnet, everything about her. He refuses to cosplay her because he doesn’t want the backlash from the fandom because he’s a man and he’s white. You guys are literally never happy unless it is PERFECTLY accurate. I wanted to cosplay Sapphire and have him do Ruby and we decided not to because all we would do is get shit because we would be a turning a gay couple into a straight couple. Guys stop. Cosplay is about fun, it’s about dressing up as your favorite characters and having fun and being with people you love. Stop. If you seriously love a show or a game or whatever, you would just be happy to meet people who love it just as much to spend sometimes months and tons of money to be something they love for awhile.
I am also adding SHE IS A SPACE ROCK. SHE IS A REDDISH PURPLE PINK DARK SPACE ROCK.