waltdisneyconfessionsrage:

whoizmemic:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I haven’t worn my Tiana cosplay since a group on tumblr tore me apart for "white-washing" her. It really hurts because her character is the only one I relate to, and helped me to push through when I was working two jobs and struggling to get through university. Now it just feels like I can’t even show my appreciation to her because there are ‘plenty of other princesses for me to dress up as’"

Don’t let them do that to you confessor! Everyone deserves fair treatment. When black people want to wear cosplays of white characters people say it’s racist to put them down for it. Yet they try and twist it when its the reversal. Putting down anyone because they aren’t the same color as character when they are just cosplaying for fun is racist. Sure there aren’t many characters for black people to cosplay which really stinks but that doesn’t mean white people can’t cosplay as black characters and whatever they want too. It’s just as racist to try and hate on a white person for wanting to dress up as a black character they admire. I applaud you anon for wearing a Tiana cosplay. The reason we cosplay is because we love the characters and want to pay tribute to them. You have EVERY right to express your love to a character. 

While I wholeheartedly agree that the OP shouldn’t be bullied for cosplaying Tiana and that cosplay is more about character appreciation rather than representation (though there are lines that should not be crossed even if it’s cosplay), it isn’t just about skin color.
The reason the OP’s haters are so defensive is for one, like you mentioned, canon black characters are hard to come by. It’s understandable for people to be defensive over the few characters they can dress as without any problem (but definitely not to the point of harassment). There’s also the fact that black cosplayers catch a lot of flack for dressing as non-black characters.  There’s also the issue that historically white people have dressed as people of color as a form of entertainment and mockery (I’m not saying that it is the OP’s intent, but the situation could be seen as problematic in that context).
Cosplay definitely has more flexibility as far as representation goes. We are able to identify with characters who are not of our race and dressing as them is our way of appreciating them. But that doesn’t erase any problematic aspects of fandom or any kind of historical/social/cultural context that’s lingered.
What needs to be understood that the OP, regardless of their intent, still comes from a place of privilege as far as representation is concerned. There is a definite difference in the number of white female characters compared to black female characters. All in all, there’s nothing wrong with the OP dressing up as Tiana no more than a black cosplayer dressing up as Belle. And the bullying that they’ve gone through is unacceptable. But, it cannot be ignored that there are other issues involved in this other than the OP dressing up as their favorite character.

What you need to take away from this post
What needs to be understood is that the OP, regardless of their intent, still comes from a place of privilege as far as representation is concerned.
Cosplay definitely has more flexibility as far as representation goes.
But that doesn’t erase any problematic aspects of fandom or any kind of historical/social/cultural context that’s lingered.
If I had 1 outfit and you had 100, and you looked through your enormous selection, then turned to me and said “I want that.”
Do you realize what a jerk move that is?
Even if racism wasn’t a problem.  You have SO much more already!  Why do you NEED to take from people who have less?  Even if we share, even if it “doesn’t” hurt me, why are you taking from people who have less in the first place?!  It’s so unnecessary!  It’s a lot more stressful on us to stretch what we have, then you having to be “content” with your giant abundance.

waltdisneyconfessionsrage:

whoizmemic:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I haven’t worn my Tiana cosplay since a group on tumblr tore me apart for "white-washing" her. It really hurts because her character is the only one I relate to, and helped me to push through when I was working two jobs and struggling to get through university. Now it just feels like I can’t even show my appreciation to her because there are ‘plenty of other princesses for me to dress up as’"

Don’t let them do that to you confessor! Everyone deserves fair treatment. When black people want to wear cosplays of white characters people say it’s racist to put them down for it. Yet they try and twist it when its the reversal. Putting down anyone because they aren’t the same color as character when they are just cosplaying for fun is racist. Sure there aren’t many characters for black people to cosplay which really stinks but that doesn’t mean white people can’t cosplay as black characters and whatever they want too. It’s just as racist to try and hate on a white person for wanting to dress up as a black character they admire. I applaud you anon for wearing a Tiana cosplay. The reason we cosplay is because we love the characters and want to pay tribute to them. You have EVERY right to express your love to a character. 

While I wholeheartedly agree that the OP shouldn’t be bullied for cosplaying Tiana and that cosplay is more about character appreciation rather than representation (though there are lines that should not be crossed even if it’s cosplay), it isn’t just about skin color.

The reason the OP’s haters are so defensive is for one, like you mentioned, canon black characters are hard to come by. It’s understandable for people to be defensive over the few characters they can dress as without any problem (but definitely not to the point of harassment). There’s also the fact that black cosplayers catch a lot of flack for dressing as non-black characters.  There’s also the issue that historically white people have dressed as people of color as a form of entertainment and mockery (I’m not saying that it is the OP’s intent, but the situation could be seen as problematic in that context).

Cosplay definitely has more flexibility as far as representation goes. We are able to identify with characters who are not of our race and dressing as them is our way of appreciating them. But that doesn’t erase any problematic aspects of fandom or any kind of historical/social/cultural context that’s lingered.

What needs to be understood that the OP, regardless of their intent, still comes from a place of privilege as far as representation is concerned. There is a definite difference in the number of white female characters compared to black female characters. All in all, there’s nothing wrong with the OP dressing up as Tiana no more than a black cosplayer dressing up as Belle. And the bullying that they’ve gone through is unacceptable. But, it cannot be ignored that there are other issues involved in this other than the OP dressing up as their favorite character.

What you need to take away from this post

  • What needs to be understood is that the OP, regardless of their intent, still comes from a place of privilege as far as representation is concerned.
  • Cosplay definitely has more flexibility as far as representation goes.
  • But that doesn’t erase any problematic aspects of fandom or any kind of historical/social/cultural context that’s lingered.

If I had 1 outfit and you had 100, and you looked through your enormous selection, then turned to me and said “I want that.”

Do you realize what a jerk move that is?

Even if racism wasn’t a problem.  You have SO much more already!  Why do you NEED to take from people who have less?  Even if we share, even if it “doesn’t” hurt me, why are you taking from people who have less in the first place?!  It’s so unnecessary!  It’s a lot more stressful on us to stretch what we have, then you having to be “content” with your giant abundance.

(via brydeswhale)

There’s something about you that’s different. I think you can do better.

And no that’s isn’t a jerkbag sandwich joke. They had Kid Flash locked up and he was hungry.  Also, Jinx made the sandwich explode.  ♥

(Source: crystalysis, via floweryroses95)

awesomeavocadolove:

Would You Rather: Always Wear Your Superhero Costume or Be Naked All The Time? [x]

I wasn’t going to reblog this until Mackie. 

Naked is fun, but damnit I like cosplay.

(Source: therenegadewhohaditmade, via brydeswhale)

tinytmas:

when someone ships my OTP with the same burning passion that i do

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Oh Bryde, should you ever watch OitNB, omg hun!

The show focuses mainly on relationships and story, so the violence is minimal . If I get around to re-watching it, I’ll track down what things to look out for it.

Any specifics things that you don’t wanna see?  And what in particular cannot you absolutely not stand?

(via brydeswhale)

lynweiscz:

Alice Ma with Next Models Canada in the spring issue of Chloe Magazine. Hair&Makeup by Natalie Ventola. Photography by Alex Evans.

lynweiscz:

Alice Ma with Next Models Canada in the spring issue of Chloe Magazine. Hair&Makeup by Natalie Ventola. Photography by Alex Evans.

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Asked by Anonymous Anonymous

As a Japanese American woman, I think the majority of us agree that there is nothing inherently wrong if ones first exposure to anything Japanese was anime. After all, entertainment is supposed to move you. So, I feel like, if a kid's childhood love of an anime inspired them to learn about Japan in ACTUALITY, that is a wonderful thing. If Japan seems like a great place, wonderful. The problem with weaboos is that they don't bother learning about Japanese humanity - they'd rather make us cartoons

Damn

pragtastic:

collections that are raw as fuck ➝ ezra s/s 2014

These dresses look like Raven. 

(via jujulica)

pbstv:

Meet Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old ancestor of ours. Though she looks like an ape, her knees were close together, just like a human’s! That positioned her feet directly under her body and made walking easier. 
See the final installment of Your Inner Fish tomorrow night (4/23) on PBS at 10/9c.

pbstv:

Meet Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old ancestor of ours. Though she looks like an ape, her knees were close together, just like a human’s! That positioned her feet directly under her body and made walking easier. 

See the final installment of Your Inner Fish tomorrow night (4/23) on PBS at 10/9c.

NIGHTNIGHT by DEDDY