I love this piece by Ty Templeton sooooo much!
If you haven’t seen Tony Harris’ disgusting rant over on facebook, brace yourself for maximum stupidity and take a look here.
EDIT: Since Tony Harris seems to have removed his facebook post, here is a screencap of the piece…
I’ve worked at conventions for years and I adore the cosplayers. Specifically, I manage the comics areas, and I work damn hard at making sure the experience is fun for the attendees, the guests, and the staff. I hand out snacks, chat up a storm, take on the nitty gritty stuff so that guests can focus solely on interacting with their fans, have excess supplies on hand should the guests run out or an attendee is new to the convention scene and didn’t bring anything to get a sketch on, and actively ask for feedback from staff, guests, and attendees so that I know what works and what doesn’t and I can aim for the best experience each year based on that. One thing I don’t do is make anyone answer a fucking questionnaire about the character they’re dressed as! Why would I? People don’t need to prove anything to me! They’re there to enjoy themselves!
I appreciate the dedication it takes to get a costume together. Regardless of if the costume is bought as a whole, bought piecemeal, or created from scratch, the cosplayer has worked their butt off to fund it and/or create it, and then they’ve donned it and brought a character to life! I think that’s awesomely cool!!!
I’m female and I’ve been a geek my entire life. This extends to more than comics but I’ll restrict my rant to just that area. My first comic was God Loves, Man Kills. I’ve been collecting comics, paid for with my own money, since I was 15. I read books from major companies and creator owned independents, and I spend hundreds of dollars a month on them because I adore comics. My prized possession is X-Men #1 from 1963. Now how can someone know any of that by just looking at me?! They can’t. Am I allowed to cosplay if I wish? Do I need a man to confirm my past geekiness? Do I need to sit a test to prove I’m a geek?
It’s ridiculous to state that female cosplayers are fake geeks that know nothing. Suggesting that there are a few exceptions to the overwhelming number of fake female geeks in cosplay does not magically make sexist comments acceptable. I don’t see any non-females being questioned on their geekiness or comic knowledge. Why is that? Does identifying as female reduce your ability to be a geek in some way that I’m unaware of? What level of geekery could I have obtained had I not been female? What about non-comics cosplayers? Does Tony Harris assume cosplayers dressed as anime/film/gaming/TV/etc characters know about the characters they’re cosplaying? Is this fakery that he accuses women of only restricted to comics cosplayers? Am I able to dodge these fakery accusations because I’m not yet brave enough to cosplay? Will I suddenly forget my love of comics the instant I put on a costume? Do I need to study for a test written by Tony Harris to be accepted as a geek and allowed to cosplay?
Lastly, since when was cosplaying restricted to those that have researched the ins and outs of the characters they’re dressed as? Does Tony Harris police little girls in costume that attend conventions with their parents? Does he think they’re pathetic? Will they have earned enough geek-cred for him to not slag them off on the internet by the time they’re old enough for him to consider them con-hot and masturbation worthy? Does that last sentence make you feel icky? Well it should! Every single female in cosplay is reduced to spank-bank material in Tony Harris’ mind. That’s what this dirt bag thinks of women. That’s what he will think of those little girls when they grow up. He’s already written them off as nothing more.
Fuck Tony Harris! Fuck sexist bullshit! Fuck all that noise! All dressing up should require is the want to dress up.