It is bad enough that many people believe that if they go to a convention, that they have to dress up as a character, but with Hot Topic’s shirt that defines what cosplay means, maybe some people are right to stay away?
I am a large man on a budget. When I dress up, it’s to have a good time, as well as a chance to connect with people who share my interests. I try my hardest to not be known as the ‘fat Link’ cosplayer, or the ‘fat Pokemon Breeder’. So if the woman’s shirt on the left is correct, I should be too ashamed to cosplay, as clearly I’m doing it wrong. Well SCREW THAT!
Yes, there are cosplayers who believe in this shirt’s philosophy. Hell, they even do panels at anime conventions. I can see them laughing as they wear them. All of a sudden, they have a clique that they are in. The entire god damn point of conventions, and through extension cosplay, is to tear down walls and let people know that they aren’t alone! To bring people together! not make another effing place for people to feel awkward.
It’s kind of like a cheerleader wearing a shirt that says ‘I would never date you, don’t even try.’
As you can tell, this whole situation makes me quite emotional. Thank God that Hot Topic has pulled the shirt from it’s store.
The blog Anime Jam Session shared a message they had received from hot topic when they contacted them about the shirt. Hot Topic stated that they ‘intended the message to encourage cosplayers to got all out.’ They claimed to not have meant any ‘disrespect to the cosplay community.’
That might be ‘the god’s honest truth,’ but they should have used some common sense. What’s next, a shirt that defines Bronies as 20-40 something year old males? Thus alienating the intended fan base, women, and young men? Here’s hoping Hot Topic can learn it’s lesson for the foreseeable future.