I see this con overcorrected and is now running a racist cosplay contest... "The 1st place winner will be crowned “Black Cosplayer of the Year! With a combination of cash, prizes, and cosplay guest articulated invites (the 2021 winner guested at 3 cons following Blerdcon), the BCOY will return as a guest cosplayer for the Blerdcon 2023! All this in addition to a 4k photo and video shoot ON SITE!! The Black Cosplayer of the Year will also win a trip to Costume College 2023 in California! Costume College is an annual three-day costuming arts conference created and produced by Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. The prize package includes airfare up to $400, student tuition for lectures, workshops and demos on all things costuming, a two-night stay at the Warner Center Marriott, and tickets to the tea and gala "
Well if last year was anything to go by if they award anyone but a black cosplayer high award this year the con will riot. I've never seen people chimp out so hard.
>>10762024It's a con for Black nerds (blerds), you ninny, of course the contest is for Black cosplayers.
>>10762032Except the con itself keeps saying it's for all racesUnless it's first place, then only black people can win.What are they going to do, require a family history to prove you are black? Tell people they aren't qualified to win because they don't look "black enough"I hope this blows up in their faces for how ridiculous it is.
>>10762050>mad because the *black* nerd convention wants to pick a *black* cosplayer to winanon serious question: are you retarded
Go outside OP
>>10762058>thinks it's ok to exlude people from a dress up contest because they aren't a certain raceanon serious question: are you retarded
>>10762027I mean it nakes perfect sense the Black con wants Black people to be highlighted and win competitions. Honestly why would a white person try to compete and win? Seems like weird attention whore behavior if you're not at least some form of minority by USA standards to go to a black people event with the goal of beating the black people in their cosplay contest.This is just as normal as an all female con letting other people attend but reasonably wanting only women to win if it's basically implied to be a women's cosplay contest. Or at least a cosplay of a canonically female character I guess since crossplay is a thing.
>>10762072Name one women only anime con. That's not even a real thing.Do I have to drop my pants and show my Vageen to participate or are we taking my word for it because of the trannies?
Oh boy, a racebait thread. That's just what we needed. Can we get this to devolve into Covid fearmongering, fat hate and "femoids" vs "moids" while we're at it? Betting we can before this time next week
>>10762076It's not a real thing but let's be real if an event says "this event is in support of and funded by and for X group" and it is even in their name, then no shit they will favor X group.What kind of insecure jungle fever white person goes to a black specific event to compete in a cosplay contest against black people for validation? Just seems weird.
>>10762072>Honestly why would a white person try to compete and win?One did last year
>>10762082The con itself keep saying it was open to everyone stop being so pig headed
>Why a “Blerd” Con?>Blerdcon is an event that highlights and celebrates Blerd culture and creates a marketplace of ideas where sharing that culture can take place with proper context, attribution and positivity in an inclusive environment.>Blerdcon celebrates our connection with LGBTQ, the disabled, POCs and the international community! All are welcome to partake in the experience as we are an open community who love all the same nerddom.Their website's cosplay contest page also makes it sound VERY MUCH like the black cosplayer of the year is a very different thing then their main contestSupposedly someone asked online and they said it was the top prize, but I can't find it myself.It'd be really shitty if best in show was automatically disqualifying someone that might be a foreign-language immigrant with a disability who made a better costume than anyone else (and thus would be even more impressive given their disability and barriers due to not being a native english speaker) only to win basically a runner up prize.
>>10762082Are you just ignoring the part where the event itself keeps saying the contest is open to everyone EXCEPT winning 1st place. You cannot win first place unless you are black. It's not like they added a new award to recognize black cosplay, or that they exclude everyone who isn't black from participating. They are trying to have it both ways claiming anyone can enter but then not everyone is eligible to win the top award because of race. It's fucked up even if they are marketing to a niche demo.
>>10762087the con and contest is but the first place prize is not open to everyone by definition of being a winning prize anyway so cry harder
>>10762089>It'd be really shitty if best in show was automatically disqualifying someone that might be a foreign-language immigrant with a disability who made a better costume than anyone else (and thus would be even more impressive given their disability and barriers due to not being a native english speaker) only to win basically a runner up prize.Kek anon what bullshit this is insanely unlikely. I get it's an extreme for the sake of argument but they're not entitled to be given a bunch of resources outside of their basic needs (which disabled peeps in the USA rarely get anyway) for a hobby just because you see disabled people as so lowly and infantilized that it's inspirational porn when they do something that a non-disabled person could easily do. And they can still win any other place. What about the black disabled person that doesn't win and is not a native English speaker because an able bodied white woman wins again like last year?
>>10762071you remind me of the people that get mad that their anime cosplays don't win the cosplay competitions at the non-anime conventions
>>10762101I'm sorry, did you just suggest that a disabled person could never win based on their skill level and only on sympathy points? JFC
DESU this whole concept is weird. Why make a con that caters specifically to one race? They want to claim that anyone can come to the con and compete, but they can’t win? Just close it off to other races like they clearly want to then. I feel like this is going to backfire, I’m really tired of every black cosplayer who throws on a wrinkled taobao cosplay and unstyled wig complainng about not getting enough attention because of muh racism. Even though anyone without a big following and who isn’t a skinny young girl doesn’t get much attention. I can only think of one black cosplayer off the top of my head who actually makes their costumes/wigs well and that’s Vickie Bane. Feel free to drop the handles of others but I never see any.
>>10762085To be fair though, that girl was encouraged to enter the contest by her black friend she was attending with. She didn’t even think she would win anything, but not a lot of people entered with handmade cosplays and hers ended up being the only good quality one so she basically won by default. Honestly felt bad for her for all the backlash she got, but her friend who encouraged her and the judges who picked her didn’t get shit on. The whole thing is kind of ridiculous anyway. The con shouldn’t pretend to be welcoming of all races when they truly want it to be a black only space. I don’t even have an issue with them wanting it to be a black only space, I just think they should say it outright otherwise you set people up for failure like that girl from last year
>>10762072Seems weird to have a "black people con".Would you be complaining if a black woman went to a "white people con" and won because she shouldn't have even been there?>but muh historyDoes not ever excuse double standards when dealing with people in the present.
>>10762101what? I was saying that if you have a condition that might make working with tools more difficult, then it's more impressive if your skill matches that of someone without the disability.There's a lot of disabled cosplayers out there.And This con is happening just outside of DC. Tons of immigrants up and down the coast there.It's not an unreasonable scenario even if it's fairly unlikely
>>10762174>Why make a con that caters specifically to one race?mostly because there's a subset of the black community which has really taken possession of geek subculture to create their own flavor of it and they want to revel in it.It's not that surprising, given the rise of social media.Still not a GOOD idea
>>10762024OOOOH SCARY BLACK PEOPLE THINGS OOOH OOOH AHHHHH IM SCAREDDDD SOMEONE HELP MEEEE MY PRECIOUS ANIME !!!!!!! ???? 4CHAN TOLD ME TO BE MAD ABOUT THINGS LIKE THIS
>>10762172No genius I said that it's not inherently more commendable when a disabled person does the same shit as an able bodied person. And we hate it when you use us as "inspiration" by thinking "wow they could do this even though they have a disability" as if it's difficult or you expect so little of us.The unlikely part was that some random ESL disabled nonblack minority person would even attend Blerdcon and happen to win first place in a cosplay contest there. Why would they be at a black con? How would they attend and know how to buy tickets if all the communication is in English? That's the part that is unlikely, that they'd even be present or compete at all given the circumstances that were laid out.
>>10762197>Would you be complaining if a black woman went to a "white people con" and won because she shouldn't have even been there?Literally yes I would and tell her she's a dumb bitch for doing it.And the con isn't black only it's celebrating black culture, but it's weird to go and try to win something that cost money from this con designed to support one group when you're not in that group, which accepting a prize for a cosplay contest like the black cosplay of the year prize listed kind of is.Even the white woman who won last time was pushed to participate when she didn't plan to which further proves most white people wouldn't even WANT to go there for the purpose of competing in a cosplay contest, they'd want to attend just to be with their friends who went. But people ree over the possible exclusion because they think they're getting one over on black people with the "but why can't I say white power" shit when even in the fantasy land where a white pride con existed most nonwhite people would be smart enough to to try to jump in and win a supppsed white only cosplay contest.Plus the argument that it isn't inclusive is a lie. Inclusive means everyone can participate not that everyone can or will win. And Black cosplayer of the year just can't be a non black person based on the title, AND people already said that there is no official confirmation that Black cosplayer of the year is the same as the cosplay contest winner.What happened to doing stuff for the joy of cosplay and crafting? Would you never cosplay if it wasn't to try to win a prize in a contest? That's weird too imo
>>10762199>what? I was saying that if you have a condition that might make working with tools more difficult, then it's more impressive if your skill matches that of someone without the disability.Yes and people with disabilities hate it when you think that way of us because we can do a lot of stuff other people can just fine. Disabilities don't mean we're not capable of basic tasks like sewing and crafting. We're not the heads in jars from Futurama ffs we do still have some of our limbs or organs. And not every disability is visible from the outside too so you can't even tell some of us are disabled.It's just seen as dehumanizing because saying it's more impressive of a disabled person to accomplish something considering our disability implies you expected less of us to begin with.
>>10762262Ok so because it's unlikely we'll just ignore the exclusion. Seems fair.Forget the ESL part of it. What if a disabled person entered and hands down had thr best constructed costume but couldn't win qst place because they aren't black. Con itself says its a safe and welcoming place for disabled people. It's very understandable someone might want to attend a con that advertises its accommodating to their needs. Still think we should just ignore it because it's the "black con"?
>>10762267There are black disabled people too idiot. And no one said we are not allowed for being disabled. I just think your attempted argument was ableist. But you don't care about disabled people you care about attacking the black event.
>>10762272So you should win the award over the other disabled person with a better costume because you happen to be black?
>>10762272>attacking the black event.The problem is they didn't handle it rightThey created a special, opt-in prize for black cosplayers to elevate them to the level of guest status. That's fine, good even. Gutting a regular contest to do it, denying good prizes to a lot of people because you're paranoid about racists throwing another fit like they did last year when a non-black person won, that's objectively bad.Also, don't presume someone who has a different opinion than you doesn't care about the same things you do. Opinions are formed from information weighted by experience.Someone who's lived a very different life than you might have very different ideas than you on how to fix the same things you want fixed.
>>10762024>Black Cosplayer of the YearWould be funny if the winner was black but also mixed and white passing.
>>10762073Given everyone's obsession with chinese and nip cosplayers it doesn't seem unreasonable all things considered.
>>10762314We going back to the one drop rule?
>>10762249It has nothing to do with winning and everything to do with racism. A lot of people hate blacks. You can sugarcoat it, justify it, or whatever, but the truth is a white woman would not get the same flak. So why are you surprised that someone black who likes cosplaying would just rally around a more black space? It's not like they don't allow other races, the last winner was literally a white woman.Most cosplayers in the West are white, you think they get dms and hate mail about being gorilla niggers ruining anime or whatever? Why do you fags even care, do you want blacks at your cons?
>>10762329>It's not like they don't allow other races, the last winner was literally a white woman.The entire thread is bitching because this year they changed it, and the contest is really only for black cosplayers.It's the only award with a real prize.
>>10762024If you're not attending this con, why is it in your head rent free?
I hardly see any good black cosplayers. They never put as much work into their stuff as non blacks. When's the last time youve seen a black cosplayer make a full tailored set by themselves? Or their own foam armor?
>>10762329>A lot of people hate blacks.No one at conventions hate blacks. Just the annoying race baiting ones. Who knew being an insufferable person constantly complaining about black rights will make you not fun to be around.
>>10762024This question kind of suits the thread:How do people feel about asian cosplayers?People always attack black cosplayers for failing to be good representations of the character being cosplayed due to their wildly different skin colour. Okay. But what about Asians?I've always felt that Asians have wildly different facial features to the characters they're cosplaying (unless it's a child being cosplayed by an Asian woman. They do the neoteny thing pretty well), but I always tolerated Asian cosplay because Asians are the ones that make Anime anyway, so they have to be respected.If not for that though, with respect to character-accuracy, Asian cosplay isn't that good either in my opinion.Thoughts on asians, /cgl/?
>>10762446>When's the last time youve seen a black cosplayer make a full tailored set by themselves? Or their own foam armor?You're getting ahead of yourself. Someone who even thinks about that should probably get a wig first, which most black cosplayers can't even be bothered with
>>10765896No thoughts. No one ever says anything about asian cosplayers. Mostly because they tend to be far more sociable and they dont make the cosplay their life unless it's one of the exceptional female american asians. They also tend to put more work into their costumes, so the statistics favor them being appreciative.>>10765898Most black cosplayers can never be bothered with most stuff. Even when they are given advice. I do praise any of them that manage to put the entire suit together. It's still hard however to take a black sailor moon seriously. It's not her fault. Just the color scheme is important in cosplay. But again she and others shouldn't care what I think. Wear what you want. Just don't go complaining when others make a similar judgement. Stuff like that. Not too complicated.
i'm reading an article about it and this is hilarious. I don't give a shit if they want the winner to be black. But the fact that they chose a shitty simple Cardcaptor cosplay last year over the more well made suits of armor that entered is hilarious. The fact that one of the judges didn't even know she wasn't black because everyone was required to wear masks? also hilarious. and then thr judges' doubled down responses to the outrage is funny as fuck. The founder of the con just keeps saying that anyone can be a blerd, despite the term literally meaning "black nerd". you couldn't act more incompetent if you tried
>>10765896I've seen good and bad Asian cosplays, quality being pretty much like western side of things. The good is very, very good and liberally post-processed, the mediocre is common and a lot of people buy their cosplays as well. The most noticeable difference to me is that their bad cosplays, as common it is, generally isn't as "creatively" bad as westerners'. Like, I sometimes see white people's cosplay and really have to stare and figure out what they're cosplaying and what mental illness or tik tok trend brought them to this interpretation, whereas bad Asian cosplay is more like a careless closet or poor cosplay. Also the Asian population skews toward being skinnier and fat people don't self-post as often. I don't see as many fat cosplayers putting themselves out there unless that's the point of the cosplay.
>>10765994Last year the con runner made statements defending the outcomeThis year he pulls this racist contest out of his ass.It wouldn't have even been hard to add an award like this to the event that required an interview and was based on the cosplayer's ability to be sociable and a good guest but no, had to lump it in as first prize so now unless you are black you cannot win the highest craftsmanship award. Whole thing reeks of someone who doesn't actually understand what makes a good guest. Just because someone can be an excellent craftsman doesn't automatically qualify them to represent a convention, be a good cosplay judge, host panels, bring in a crowd ect. What other events signed up to default invite the winner without knowing who they are? Jesus.