I feel like Talon Karrde is Stephen Strange’s long lost twin brother.
The charm, the mystery, the goatee’s, the affinity for capes and schmansy fasteners.
I literally gasped
FOUR FOR YOU
my fabulous dance central cosplay group. <3 i love you all! :DD
No. That is blackface and it is NOT okay. It’s inappropriate and it’s offensive and it’s wrong.
Yes bless you for saying this. There is no excuse for this.
Now I really don’t see how you believe that colouring their skin is offensive. In no way are we ridiculing anyone who is black, nor are inappropriate stereotypes being played on, because this isn’t blackfacing in the first place. Wouldn’t it be more insulting if they didn’t blackface, and practically insult the character’s designs? Wouldn’t it be offensive if they decided “I won’t colour my skin because I don’t want to be black, even though that is who the character is”?
Shouldn’t in this case, if you believe that colouring your own skin a different colour is offensive, dark skinned people not be allowed to cosplay a character outside of their race? Wouldn’t it also mean that light skinned people cannot tan, or dark skinned people cannot try to lighten their skin because that’s not “their colour”? In most cosplays, westerners are cosplaying as Asian characters (Mostly Japanese if we stick true to animes in Japanese settings), so why are there no complaints about westerner cosplaying Asians? Why isn’t it offensive in that case?
Colouring your skin to make yourself appear dark skinned would only be offensive if the people who did it walked around and milked out horrible stereotypes and spouted the word nigger every chance they get with the excuse of “Oh I’m cosplaying a black character which means I’m allowed to do it”, which most certainly never happened the whole time with us.
What’s inappropriate about staying true to a character by means of clothes, attitude, race, and personality? Almost no one freaked out when Robert Downey Jr. blackfaced for a movie, and some didn’t even notice!
I would like to honestly hear your opinions on exactly why you believe this is offensive. Whether you decide to message me or respond directly on this post is up to you, and even outside opinions would be accepted.
No. That’s not how this works.
It is perfectly acceptable to costume out side of your race. When it becomes offensive is when you change your skin colour to something else. By doing so, you are saying that someone’s skin colour is just a part of their costume. Newsflash: people can’t change their skin colour like they change a shirt. Race is a part of who people are. It is not a costume. You know how Native Americans dislike it when people mock their culture by wearing traditional headdresses as a costume? This would be a similar situation.
It is NOT offensive for a white woman to do a costume as a black woman without altering her skin colour. THAT is more respectful. Anyone is free to costume as whatever character they like. No one is stopping you. What we ARE stopping you from is painting yourself to look like a person of colour. If you want to paint yourself green to be a Skrull or blue to be Doctor Manhattan, be my guest. Blackfacing? No. No no no no no.
I don’t care what situation you’re talking about. Black face is not acceptable and it is derogatory. It is a practice rooted in creating a mocking stereotype
Also? As for milking stereotypes? The “I AM A STRONG INDEPENDENT BLACK WOMAN” title on one of the pictures from where they were posted on dA fits that. Yeah.
tl;dr- Blackfacing is an offensive practice that is rooted in mockery and is not acceptable in cosplay for any reason.
Little girl dressed as Stan Lee at Motor City Comic con!!!
precious little angel omg
Babies like this make me want kids someday despite my apprehensions
He said Star Trek is too “philosophical”? Screw that noise.
I don’t know when this interview happened but I AM SAD AND ANGRY NOW
The philosophies in Star Trek are kinda part of the actual setting. If you don’t get that, why are you allowed to make Star Trek movies.
Sigh. The whole point of Star Trek is that it’s philosophical. If you don’t want philosophical Science Fiction, there’s plenty of that for you to enjoy, but Star Trek is philosophical. Philosophy is part of Star Trek’s DNA, and if you’re given the captain’s chair, you’d better damn well respect that.
So the people bitching about this photoset should probably watch the rest of the interview in which he went back as an adult and watched through Trek and enjoyed its philosophical themes. As a kid, I probably would have felt the same way. I enjoyed Star Wars way more than Star Trek because Star Trek was more of an allegory for modern issues while Star Wars was a classic tale of good versus evil.
As for the “goal was to make a movie for movie-goers, not just for Star Trek fans” comment, I interpreted that as “We’re making an accessible movie and not just something only Star Trek fans would get.”
The peril with these Tumblr gifset posts? They leave out a fuckton of context.