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Black History Month The Geeky Way: #28DaysOfBlackCosplay

I didn’t know black people cosplayed. Black people shouldn’t cosplay. These sentiments are exactly why 28 Days of Black Cosplay exists. If you’ve been actively using any popular social media platform in February during the past couple of years, you’ve likely noticed the tag #28DaysOfBlackCosplay tends to be...
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Blackface in Cosplay is (Still) Not Ok 

Because I’ve been seeing the issue come up yet again, I feel I should reiterate my stance on it: Blackface, or any other racial variation of the practice, for cosplay is not ok with me. It’s not ok with many people. It is insensitive. It is odd. And...
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Dammit, Tim. 

Tim Burton, as a fan, I feel like you just pissed in my cereal, man. I tried, for many years, to pretend that you weren’t just another out-of-touch, willfully ignorant Hollywood disappointment of a with a boner for whiteness and eurocentrism. In fact, when I first heard that you’d...
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RE: “GitS: Is This Really a Case of Whitewashing?”

Background Recently, one of my peers (fellow writer and cosplayer) decided to foolishly play devil’s advocate in discussing the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson being cast as Motoko Kusanagi in Hollywood’s upcoming Ghost in the Shell movie. Motoko is a Japanese character, and Johansson is not Japanese (or even...
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(Another) Spider-Man and (Black) Mary Jane

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s going to be yet another set of big box office Spider-Man flicks. We were caught in a web of entertainment with Toby Maguire’s Peter Parker, even as we cringed through the absurdity of Spider-Man 3. We were all crying into...
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