We Pick Apart Culture for Your Easy Consumption.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on June 28, 2018 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
When I used to drink, one of the things I liked to do while throwing back a few was to find a marathon of a show I liked on television, and watch them non-stop. One of my favourites of those was the old Dateline NBC To Catch a Predator runs that some cable channels used to put on late at night. I can't explain the whole appeal of getting buzzed and watching men attempting to meet up with minors, and getting caught and humiliated by an eerily voiced journalist (Maybe it is a carryover from Cheaters? Hey, could that be another Guilty Pleasure?), but something about it was magnetic during a late night drinking binge. Lately, my visitis to YouTube have rekindled this fascination in To Catch a Predator.
It appears that men and women online carried that flame ignited by Chris Hansen, and continued his predator catching in their own ways. Some have literatlly taken to the internet and the streets and set up sting operations all their own, such as the Creep Catchers and POP Squad. Others combine modern day internet savy and trolling with good ole fashioned phone pranking and research, to humiliate minor sexual predators on social media. They have become to be known as the TCAP (To Catch a Predator), Church of CAWD, and Lornography communities.
What I would consider the first type of TCAP, Church of CAWD, or Lornography group are the ones that watch and edit old episodes of To Catch a Predator for entertainment and trolling purposes.(By the way, Lornographers name themselves that because a great number of them center their interests around Lorne Armstrong, who is argueably the most infamous of all of all of the Dateline predators.) There are a lot of groups that do this, and they are mildly entertaining, but how often can you watch the same old episodes over and over again? I don't care how nicely you edit or parody them, but in the end, it gets old. This brings me to the more adventurous and creative group of TCAP folks; the ones that actually engage with past Dateline hall of shamers for entertainment purposes.
I don't know how I got to these videos. I think I might have been looking at prank videos, (I LOVE prank videos.) and I came across this thumbnail of an old guy's head superimposed in some weird scene and a title that was so obscenely funny I had to click. When I did, I heard what sounded like a phone call between an elderly man and a young Latino. It did not take long for the conversation to get...well...very strange. You see, that old man was Stanley Kendall, a former school teacher that had gained infamy on To Catch a Predator for trying to hook up with actors posing as minor male. T he Latino youth was his phone lover. Yeah, but it gets stranger. That Latino was really a Latina that goes by the handle of High Priestess Ember Enfierno, and she and her particualr group of the Church of CAWD had been trolling Stan into an intricate web of forbidden love triangles, all of which were fake and strangely entertaining.
Now, I don't feel comfortable going into how effing crazy the recorded conversations get. Sometimes they get downright disgusting. I will tell you this: they never get boring! And if you like them, there are literally hours of audio that they have recorded, a lot of which is on YouTube for the finding. Ember and the Church of CAWD even make parody music videos about the past predators.
So the big question you may ask yourself after seeing these videos and all the time, planning, effort, and skill they put into them is "Why do they do it?" Well, for some of them it goes beyond trolling or making perverts feel badly about themselves. High Priestess Ember Enfierno has devoted a large portion of her life and efforts into working with children that have survived abuse and becoming their advocates. As she explains, it started as something meant to be a joke on all of the people that felt the predators were being crucified by the media, but if could spread knowledge and truth, even in jest, parody, and ridicule, then it would be worth it. The Church of CAWD would be that "spoonful of sugar" to help "the medicine go down," as she put it. It puts another face on what some may consider over the top entertainment.
I'm sure that some of the people that do it have nothing better to do, and others probably do it to find a way to feel better about themselves by being a part of something with a greater purpose. I say to you that you will find those people in any given professions, interests, and groups. Hell, the first Western documented discovery of penicillin happened because a scientist was on vacation, got bored, and took some samples of some growths on the property he was staying, and was able to observe it's unique properties. So yeah, necessity might be the mother of advention, but sometimes curiosity and boredom can be the mother and father of discovery.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on May 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
There is nothing quite like the pleasure of watching scoundrels getting their comeuppance. It's justice. It's revenge. For some, it's the only real way to convince a person that's decided to make it their career to stop, since they have no substantial morals int he first place. But how does this translate into a guilty pleasure? 'By listening to scammers getting scammed!
"But where can I enjoy this for myself?" That's easy! Go to YouTube! All you have to do is type in your search, but I'm going to share with you my favourite channels for scammers getting scammed. I originally wanted to do at least a "Top Five," but I realised that most of the other channels were just pale imitations of these basic three. Just to warn you, I may resort to comparing them to The Jerky Boys, since they set the benchmark for me on improv phone pranks.
Ownage Pranks - This guy doesn't really specialise in this type of prank, but he does it well if you can find them when he does. In fact, looking up his scamming scammers videos was sort of a gateway drug to the rest of his channel. This guy goes for the quick tolchock, and calls his mark back over and over again for maximum trolling. What I think is different about this phone prank artist is that people actually come to him to prank people, kind of like The Jerky Boys meets Scare Tactics. Some other notable phone pranks include "How to Make a Drug Dealer Quit," "Epic Prostitute Meltdown SuperPrank," "Calling an Ex-Con to Become Friends (crazy)," and "Angry Arab Noise Complaint."
Deeveeaar - Deeveeaar was the first channel that I ever heard of people doing this. I was exploring the YouTube app for Xfinity (I think I live there, now.) and there was a 24/7 stream displayed of someone trolling a scammer from India. I was mildy amused. It wasn't quite as funny as The Jerky Boys, but just knowing that some guy that was trying to trick someone out his money was getting his time and patience wasted did sort of make up. Deeveeaar is not the funniest of the channels that do this, but it is a kind of one stop channel if you like scammers getting scammed in general. Not only does it have the 24/7 live stream, it's got the basic scammers getting trolled and scammers getting their systems hacked. I might be wrong for saying this, but half of the fun is the thumbnail/computer screens of the videos.
Thunder Tech - This is my favourite one in the bunch. These guys are not only trolls, but they are true hackers like back in the day, and they put in work! Not only do these guys scam the scammers, but they usually upload viruses, trojans, worms, and other programs into the scammers' computers, sometimes bringing down their whole networks. These guys go for the long troll, sounding completely innocent and ingorant of what is happening until the very end. When I hear them talking, I imagine them being hackers that used to destroy government kernels back when that was fun. For some reason, these guys always get scammers that try to insult them by talking about fucking their mothers, being their dads, and other lame things, but all they do is betray their lack of grasp on the English language. The guys at Thunder Tech are so calm while they hack the scammers, and for some reason it adds to the deadpan humour. The Jerky Boys would be proud, despite differences in technique.
Well, there you have it. Is this a guilty pleasure? I think it kind of qualifies since listening to these videos is not so productive and comes at the cost of others, even if they may deserve it. One thing that I do feel guilty about is the overt racism that is demonstrated towards Indians and some other Brown peoples. Some channels are more obvious and blatant than others, *cough, cough* Deeveeaar!, but all of them seem to appeal to it for humour. (except maybe Thunder Tech)
Do you enjoy this guitly pleasure? Do you know any sites or channels that you think are funny enough to be on this list? Comment and tell me.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on May 26, 2018 at 1:25 PM||comments (0)|
Yes, you'll get paid, but at what price?
I've written about three different drafts of this article with different titles, all with different amounts of shame, blame, and regret thrust upon the sholders of cosplayers and their fans, but in the end, I think that this one is the decent middle ground that I should probably take, while still addressing some issues that I have seen due to the rise in Patreon profiles for people claiming to be cosplayers.
For the record, I have no issues with Jannet Incosplay...except that I don't think she'll ever get her interview questions back to me.
I've noticed a tension in some cosplayers that I think may be caused by different conditions created by Patreon. Now, even though I said that I "think" they "may be caused," I'm sure that some of you will take this as me giving this as the gospel truth. *shrugs shoulders* I'm not. A lot of this is speculation, but I think it's good speculation. In short, I think that Patreon is making cosplay harder on cosplayers for three basic reasons.
Did Nana Bear have a Patreon? You betcha? Does she still have it? Yup. Money is hard to turn down. She might be mentaly ill right now, but she's not stupid. Did it contribute to her mental problems? I'm sure that her Grandmother dying also did, but this couldn't have helped. Read the article and you speculate on that.
First off, cosplaying is hard work. It is especially hard if you have a job, go to school, and make regular con appreances. All three of those things I just mentioned, not to mention costuming, are very expensive in time and money. The more Patreon sponsors, and the higher the tier of the sponsor you have, the more work you might feel the need to show. I think that while many cosplayers work themselves to death on cosplays right before and even at cons, I think that a cosplayer with at least 10 sponsors feels that urgency at least three times as worse.
Just some of the effort that the Egg Sisters put into making a foot...
Second, I think that cosplayers might feel obligated to show thanks by forcing themselves to give more personal time. Things like becoming friends with sponsors on gaming platforms, Skping, Goggle Hangouts, Twitching, and meeting fans at cons is very tiring. It also might make a person feel that they are litterally selling themselves. Some of you might say that they are actually not selling themselves. They are selling their time. NOW, what does that sound like. 'Sound familiar? 'Anyone else usually get prefaced with that statement as a disclamer?
"And remember: You're not paying for a lady's sex. You're paying for her time..!"
'Thirdly: Lewds. I think that this is potentially one of the reasons that certain cosplayers get burned out on the whole Patreon thing. Do I really have to go into why? I think that a lot of cosplayers with Patreon do lewds and boudior shoots because they want to attract higher tier sponsors, and to satisfy the ones they have; they feel the pressure.
I'm waiting for one of these cosplayers to make a "Boyfriend Tier." That way it can be official when you pay for them to get their hair and nails done.
I also think that the "cosplayers" that have sunk into the lewds rut think find nudes and lewds as a cheap alternative to actually doing the hard work of costuming, makeup, hair and wig styling, and would rather just do it and satisfy the sponsors that just want to see flesh.
Do you think it's just casual admirers that think they are getting stiffed by nudes and lewds that cost between $0 and whatever wire and rope costs at the Home Depot?
Now, as I said before, I have written several different drafts of this article, and most of them named names. While I wanted to write this version without doing that, I realised that it would be almost impossible to give examples without naming cosplayers. However, with this version, I hope that bad feelings felt by anyone are brought to a minimum with the manner in which I mention these cosplayers. To show varying degrees of what I mean, I'll talk about three cosplayers, all of which I think are on the spectrum of perhaps being affected by Patreon in a not so good way. Lastly, I'll mention someone that might not be having any problems yet, but might be feeling some of the pressure just the same.
I've always felt that the first and second reasons might have affected Bree the V. Fans of hers might remember her announcing that she would be taking a year hiatus from cosplaying. When I read this, I didn't believe this. Why would a person stop doing something she loved for a whole year? The way I interepretted this was, "I'm going on a year long hiatus of cosplaying for you!"
The many pretty and giddy faces of Bree the V.
Perhaps cosplaying wasn't the joy it used to be for Bree the V. Perhaps that thrill and appreciation that recognition used to bring her at cons turned to annoyance and even fear. I don't know. Even though what I described is not so terrible, and some might say, "Hey, that's the price of being a public figure," I'm sure that it still sucks sometimes, and all of us have weaker days when the pressure is harder to take than others. Like I said, this is all speculation.
Bree the V. in the middle of Cosplay Blues
The second example of cosplayers I think that Patreon might be causing some troubles for is Momokun, or Mariah Mallard, as she is also known. (I'm not sure if Mariah Mallard is her government name, or not.) She has been the subject of a lot of internet chatter for her antics as a party girl, and her obligations to her benefactors on different media that she accepts money on. I think Momokun is guilty of succumbing to the first and third pitfalls of Patreon cosplay.
'Not going to lie. Momokun is one sexy MF, and this is one of my favourite cosplays of hers. Don't judge...
Momokun has gone into blubbering rants about how mean people are to her because of her Patreon, but how all she is trying to do is help support her family. 'Really? I thought it was for making cosplay, and this is a big part of why some of Momokun's past sponsors and a lot of former fans and present crtics say that her Patreon is a scam. They say that Momokun doesn't make nearly as much of her cosplays that someone that literally gets thousands of dollars a month from her sponsors should. Momokun has admitted that some of her cosplays are completely bought, and some of the ones she makes also have store bought pieces, but the percentage of made vs. bought is argued a lot.
The FAT man in me wants to jump in. The fat MAN in me also wants to jump in.
Bloggers, YouTubers, Twitch folks, and other people on social media have also accused Momokun as suffering from "THOT behaviour." They accuse her of spending Patreon money on: drinking and having a good time at cons. I see the feeds, pictures, and videos that she streams at cons in her hotel rooms, and I think they might be a little right...'About the money! 'Not about being a THOT..!
With over $6,000.00 a month in Patreon contributions, you gotta give me more than this. That's about $72,000.00 a year for those of you that aren't counting. Hey, do they tax donated income?
Third, I want to bring up the cosplayer known as Alychu Cosplay, not to be confused with Stella Chu, Livia Chu, or any other reputable Chu int he cosplay community. Do I really need to go into her? She was Patreon before Patreon. Alychu Cosplay would sell cam time for money on PayPal and other mediums before people were selling nudes, lewds, and Polaroids on Patreon. At one time, Alychu Cosplay only sold softcore videos and cam time. Now she has graduated to full blown hardcore porn.
Velma has fallen on hard times. Solving mysteries doesn't pay the bills like it used to.
I would say that her crime was the third reason from the beginning, and only hopes for complications from the first and second reasons. How badly do I think it affects Alychu Cosplay? I think that if Alychu Cosplay could just sit in her bed, oiled up, with a box of doughnuts, and a can of whipped cream in front of a camera of paying voyeurs, she would.
Apparently Lady Tsunade is teaching more than just ninjitsu as Fifth Hokage.
Lastly there is the beautiful and talented Krissy Victory, also known as Victory Cosplay. I'm not sure if Patreon has really harmed or put any pressure on her, but I do think it has changed the type of cosplayer she is. Krissy Victory was a fun, but serious cosplayer, a regular blogger, and a YouTuber, who not only created fun cosplays, but also talked about serious subjects, like the good and bad things that happened to her while going to school in Korea.(I'm not going to go into the nature of these things. I think you really should go to her YouTube channel and listen to her tell her stories, and not get them second hand from me.) Shortly after we started talking, Krissy Victory exploded in the scene with praise from John Boyega on Twitter about her cosplay of him as Finn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Krissy Victory was an instant celebrity in the cosplay community instantly gaining Verified status on social medias and many Patreon sponsors. Then came the lewds...
High Praise! I would have died!
Krissy Victory does so many postings of lewds and pictures of highly suggestive nature that they probably outnumber her cosplays anywhere from 10-20 to 1. I cannot think of the last time that I have seen a picture of Krissy Victory that did not show almost all of her butt, abs, sideboob, full boob, or have her in a bed with another woman. She's even done these POV videos and pics where the person with the camera films her on her knees with her head in his hands and...well...you get the picture. That is how much I think Patreon has changed her, and I follow her on Instagram and Facebook, so I would see more if she posted more. 'Sounds like a case of the #3s to me. But like I've said before, I could be wrong.
'Pretty, but what's a brotha gotta do to see some serious cosplay up in here, anymore? Hey, what all do you see on that full video on Patreon..!? Maybe it's worth it...Nah! What am I saying..!?
So what do you think? Am I full of it? Am I right on the money? Why do I have an opiinion? Well, it is just an opinion; 'my opinion, and I'm just sharing it. Do you have an opinion on this? Please, don't be shy. Share it. Comment below. I'll respond. Let's have an open conversaion.
Uh-Oh! 'Look familiar..?
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on March 20, 2018 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
Like some of you may know, All Cool things™ had the pleasure of attending Final Round 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. While attending we ran into Navz of Victrix Gaming, an upstart company that is positioning itself to become a new competitor in the gaming accessories market. Navz was sharing his company's latest project, Victrix Pro AF™ ANC. The Victrix Pro (for short) is on sale right now as a preorder for just shy of $200, but will probably go up in price once it comes out in mass production.
First off, let me just say this: Before you even put this sweet piece of tech on your head, it is sexy AF! ('Come ot think of it, I wouldn't be surprised if that is why the "AF" is in the name!) The headset is black with the right shade of purple, and violet highlights.
Beyond the qualities that make it so aesthetically pleasinig are the features that Navz was able to share that will make you want to buy it:
-ANC Noise Reduction: The Victrix Pro has ANC Noise reduction technology. The way that Navz explained it, it is a hybrid technology that actively listens to the noise around you and negates it with something akin to white noise of the opposing frequency. While some gaming headsets incorporate noise reduction technology, Navz assured me that that there is no headset out right now that uses this form of hybird noise reduction technology.
-Patented Cobra Microphone: The Victrix Pro utilises a military grade microphone technology that was patented at one time, and now for the exlusive use of Victrix Gaming. 'EXCLUSIVE USE OF VICTRIX!
-Ear Ventilation: The Victrix Pro has vents housed in the speaker cups so that when things get too hot in your ears, you can air them out! I had never heard of anything like this in some headsets, and it's about time!
Now, along with those things come some other goodies that you would expect a thoughtful company to include, like the adapter for your PC and a cutomisable badge plate so that you can represent to the fullest.
As I said before, preorders are about $200, but will probably rise in price, and come with a case that they will not come with in the future...I think...
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on February 13, 2018 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Neverending Dreamz is becoming an institution in the cosplay world. I've known this guy on Facebook for a few years, now, and have always been impressed by his work and humbleness. His talents are so striking, it's easy to think he is a few people. 'You know that guy that made that kickass Lucio? It was him. How about the cat that made that Genji that turned heads? 'Him, too. Neverending Dreamz is even the one and only keyblade master, making an assortment of original themed "Sailorblades," as well as keyblades based on Pokemon, and even Fraternities!
Neverending Dreamz was kind enough to subject himself to my interro...er, interview to give the fans some insight into his world and creativity.
Please join the site to see special "extra questions." '
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How did you find out about cosplaying and when did you start?
I found out about cosplaying through a friend and started in 2009.
What does cosplaying mean to you?
To me, its a world where I can express creativity and allow my imaginations to come to life.
Are there any people that you like cosplaying with?
my friends Amanda, Terry and Action
Where do you get inspiriation?
I wanted to make my works of art physical.
What kind of cosplays do you like to perform?
I prefer anime and videogame cosplays. Preferably difficult ones. The higher the difficulty the better for me.
What types of costumes do you like to create?
All kinds! armor, sewing, electronics
Who are some cosplayers that you respect?
Its Raining Neon is my favorite cosplayer.
What do you think about the rush of Patreon cosplayers?
I think its fine. I will have a Patreon soon too. I will just go about it differently then most other Cosplayer. 'A new spin on it.
Do you like that cosplay is becoming more and more mainstream?
Yes and no, I love the fact cosplay generates more attention, but not all attention is good attention.
Do you have any cosplays that you would like to do in the future?
Hades from Saint Seiya
Any that you would like to do, but think might be too hard, right now?
Nah, I will always go for it, regardless of the difficulty.
Do you have any cosplays that you would like to revisit? 'Maybe do over with what you know, now?
Lubu from Dynasty Warriors
Is there anything that you would want your fans, or fans of the site to know?
Truthfully, I do a lot for my fans, and I'm extremely humble they support me the way the do. I couldn't be happier with them.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Anyone that's been reading these articles probably has an idea of how I feel about cosplayers using crowd funding campaigns. I'm not too keen on it. With the invention of Patreon, I thought that a wonderful solution for satisfying crowd funding cosplayers was made. There is no mistake as to what it is for. It does not abuse a system of funding meant to help people and causes in desperate need. It is to help support cosplayers so that they may make more costumes, advance their art, and even connect with fans and admirers. With this great compromise, you might wonder why I have had concern with Patreon as of late. I think that Patreon's spirit is now being sullied by some of the cosplayers it was meant to serve.
I've noticed a trend with cosplayers enticing patrons to donate more and more money a month with increasingly nude and sexually explicit incentives. Now saying this, I will state that I have nothing against nudity, sexuality, pornography, or even sex work. I have worked in the retail side of the adult industry. My problem is that I do not like adult business mixed with my art, and I consider cosplay art.
Now, I realise that I may just be the prude, here. I might be the one with the problem. I don't like the idea of blatant pornography in my cosplay, or selling sexuality in cosplay. You may also think my view points are confusing because I condone the adult industry; perhaps hypocritical, even. However, to me, cosplayers hold a spot close to, if not sanctity, and I respect them for their talents, skills, and personality.
Okay, I've said my piece on that. I'll get of my soapbox...for now.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on March 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys. I try to bring the best cosplays I encounter to you and I also try to share profiles and pages by the most talented and unique cosplayers on my website.
As for the cosplayers I share on my website, I only share cosplayers that are cool enough to actually respond, and I don’t care how big or talented they are.
I also don’t keep cosplayers on that end up being mean to their fans and admirers, and have had to remove a few.
What I don’t understand is why some cosplayers have to be so full of themselves or mean.
I asked the cosplayer in the dialogue above some simple questions because I was interested in her work. I look at dozens, sometimes over a hundred, so I don’t have the time to read and study each person’s profile or website.
But the thing that is interesting about this case is that one of the reasons I asked her these questions is because I know for a fact that Narcisse Cosplay Art made prop swords for the cosplayer in question and she still answered that she makes all of her props and costumes.
Folks, if you put yourself out there as an artist or public figure to get Likes and be followed, don’t be mean when those people reach out and ask you questions. If you want to cut down on the questions, at least make a FAQ page, or put the answers to those commonly asked questions in your bio. Don’t expect everybody that ever comes to your page to just know your history, or look at every picture to read every caption/post.
Okay. That’s my vent. Take care, and thanks for keeping up with my page.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 30, 2015 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Due to the overall ease of these hobbies to pursue since I was a teenager, the following definitions have been changed and the bar has been raised.
Gamer: You are no longer a gamer unless you podcast your exploits with over 10,000 subscribers and/or you enter tournaments every year. If not, then you are just a nigga with system or PC with some time on your hands.
Otaku: It is actually going back to the older 90's definition, which means a fan of at least some Japanese culture. Yes, you must once again know a little something about Japan's history from more than 30 years ago, know more Japanese than you caught off of anime, and actually had a friendship with someone Japanese. Otherwise, you're just a dude that watches Japanese cartoons and reads their backwards comic books.
Hacker: This too is going back to it's older 90's definition. You have to actually be able to program in some code or computer language, have broken into a system that was considered secure, and be a member of at least one group of people that can do the same. You can no longer claim this if your friend leaves her/his Facebook open and you tell all of her/his friends that he/she is gay; you are just a lame opportunist.
I hope this clears things up. You are not as special as you thought you were. Everybody plays video games. Everybody watches anime. Everybody pulls a "Gotcha!" on their friends' social media.
Think back to your grandparents. The stuff they do/did was cool, once. Back then Poker was gaming, Looney Tunes, Woody Woodpecker, and Disney was cutting edge animation, and prank calls were hacking.
You're welcome, even though you didn't say "Thank you..!"
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 25, 2015 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
I don't like writing articles about trending scandals or grievances in the height of their popularity. Sure, it's a great way to get more exposure, but a terrible way to get any form of resolution. I think that the people are so emotionally charged that they don't want to discuss the matter, they're looking to change peoples' minds.
To be a little different, and simulate an intelligent dialogue that might actually about racial face painting and Blackface in cosplay, I will post what I consider the best points that people who support racial face painting have made, and my troll-free response.
People use face paint in cosplay all the time. Cosplayers use it for scars. Cosplayers use it for features. Hell, Cosplayers use it for full-body paint to become alien races I'm no different, it's just the race I want to reproduce happens to be human. I just want to cosplay.
Well, I can't speak for any Blue people or aliens. I'm not a part of that experience. What I can tell you is that as a Black man, our people have been though years of uncomfortable feelings on many levels because of Blackface, and to the Black people that are old enough, it can be an extremely touchy subject. It's really best not to do Blackface for cosplay.
It's not Blackface if it's for cosplay. Look, Blackface is hateful and racist, and I'm not racist. I'm just a dedicated cosplayer. Everything about my cosplay has to be accurate, including my makeup and body. Blackface is about racism. I am about cosplay.
I appreciate that you are a dedicated cosplayer that pays attention to detail. However, Blackface is not racist because it was intended to be racist out of malice. Blackface is what I like to call "ignoracist," which is when a person does something that is hurtful to a race of people in a region or area, without the knowledge or even intent of offending them.
The White people that started Blackface just thought that it was just edgy comedy. They did skits and comedy routines as Black people acting the way that Black people were written in movies and on televison, which was also ignoracist. (Actually, I think that most stereotypes are ignoracist simply because they are bourne out of laziness and generalisation, not hate.)
In fact, that trend in comedy became so popular that Black people had to entertain in Blackface just to work, because White people wanted it and found it amusing. Eventually, more vocal entertainers got fed up and said that they would no longer perform in Blackface. Like most racial issues in the USA, just the acknowledgement of this offence triggered White fragility from White people that didn't want to think about how the love of Blackface reflected on them, and venues started banning and excluding those Black comedians to silence them.
It would be years before Black people could perform out of Blackface again, and even more years before Black entertainers that did not use Blackface were not considered "having something to prove."
That sounds very complicated, but like I said, I just want to cosplay. I didn't know about any of that, and I'm really sorry that it happened, but I still just want to cosplay accurately. I'm a whole new generation that would not be insensitive to Black people like that. I just want to cosplay.
Okay, once again, I understand. You didn't know about the history of Blackface, and yes, it is a complicated and unattractive segment of race relations in the USA to wrap your head around for the first time.
The first White people in the USA weren't trying to be hurtful either. They might not have cared too much if they were, but offending still wasn't their intent. They just thought they were giving a funny and accurate depiction as to the intellect and behaviour of Black people.
The most harmful racism isn't when one race says that another race of people thinks and acts in a lackluster way, out of malice. It is the most socially crippling when the racism is spread out of honest misinformation and ignorance of the majority that consider themselves good and wholesome people.
I'll also give you another angle to think about this from. If you were going to a foreign country like Italy, and you found out that doing the "Okay" gesture with your hand was an insult because before you were bourne, people held up their fingers in a ring like that to mimic an anus, and that gesture came to mean, "Hey you, Asshole!" You would refrain from using that gesture, even if you meant well by doing it, wouldn't you?
If you can understand and do that for another racial nationality, why can't you do it for a racial nationality right in your own country? You wouldn't question Italians' sense of offense with that action. Why question Black peoples' in the USA with another?
Well, cosplayers in other countries use racial makeup with no proplem. Why can't I just do it like them? Wouldn't I be international and cosmopolitan if I cosplayed according to worldly trends rather than subject myself to some hometown regional racial hang-ups?
Well, I can't speak for people of colour in other countries. Like I said, what happened to Blacks in this country was a racially national occurance. I cannot speak for people of colour in other places that probably did not even have Blackface to be offended by. Let the other parts of the world decide what offends them. It's up to us to be responsible and do a little research before we go to another country on customs and taboos.
But if you know that something can be considered as offensive where you are, even if you don't understand the reasoning, shouldn't you just be compassionate and try not to offend? And if you have the sense of mind to second think doing it, isn't that telling you something also? Doubts like that are usually best taken seriously instead of being ignored.
Blackface lasted as a common entertainment practice for over 100 years before it's death. It deserves to stay that way.