So, I've been watching Heroes of Cosplay lately...
Not only does the show itself feel exploitative (of
both the geek/cosplay community in general, and the largely female, half-undressed
cast in specific), but it also contains quite a lot of cute girls grossly
exploiting nerdy young men and claiming credit.
All in all, it just doesn't seem like it's the kind of
coverage cosplay really needs.
You get the seasoned cosplay pro telling a young
cosplayer not to lower herself to just going for the slutty outfit...meanwhile
her own gigantic boobs are practically falling out of almost every costume we
see her in.
|Yaya sez: Don't do slutty cosplay, kids!|
|(image creidt: alphacounter.com & angelicstar.net)|
In fact, most of the cast is female and while they
don't all dress slutty all the time, it does seem to be a pretty popular theme
(which, granted, is pretty common in real life cosplay). The only male
cosplayer featured in the show goes for really cool, incredibly intricate full suits of armor...when they bother
showing him at all. Which is a shame, because he's very talented and I'd love to see how he makes some of the stuff he does.
Meanwhile at least one of the regular cast members has
her husband build 98% of her costumes while she berates him, demands he work
harder to fix her mistakes, and then takes full credit for everything...or at least attempts to. For some reason she always freezes up when a judge asks her what pieces she made, almost as if she didn't make a damned thing. The one
time she is left on her own to finish a costume (that was already 90% done,
just needed some details sewn on) she goes out and parties all night, sleeps in
and then ends up missing the contest because she's trying to sew by
herself...and she calls her husband and cries about how hard it was without him
there to help. And he puts up with it because she's a little geeky, has a good
body and is willing to wear slutty costumes...and he's a talented nerd with
self esteem issues.
Generally speaking, whenever male partners are shown, they're usually the ones doing most of the fabrication work, and/or paying for everything. The one male cosplayer they show once in a while seems content to do his own work, but we don't really know because they'd rather focus on the cute girls in the skimpy costumes.
|"OMG, just make it work!" "Yes, dear..."|