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Tanning to cosplay black characters is blackface?
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Some say tanning to cosplay characters of darker skin color is dehumanizing because it's considered black face...and by tanning to fit a cosplay character, people are treating skin color of the oppressed as a costume that can be put on or off. What do you think?

there is also "yellow face" where people use makeup to look or dress like an asian person
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that is a very good question I guess it comes down to Is the person doing it to mock said race or are they just trying to stay true to the art? A very tricky question
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That's BS. Cosplay is cosplay. Cosplay is not racism.
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Mimicry is the highest form of flattery, so you tan until you make Ice Cube look white.
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meh, dont really see how its dehumanizing, sayings it dehumanizing is more offensive then changing your appearance to match another since it could be as if your saying they're not human. We're all just as human as the next person, so appearance whether it is skin or otherwise is pointless in such an argument. Appearance are merely a costume in of themselves, So no one has the right to be offended by another using any appearance even if it matches theirs.

As the constitution says. "everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice"

the whole racist bit of changing your appearance to match a difference race or skin color shouldn't even be a question of racism or offensive, unless you then go around and downplay their natural culture and heritage. just changing your appearance itself isnt offensive, and cosplaying is a form of media that is used to impart information and ideas. So, its a protected right. so if anyone is offended by such things then let them be. You will always have people who see stuff as racist, since they themselves generalize their race by skin color.
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I dunno. Blackface is typically more about wearing exaggerated makeup to become a caricature and usually it's racist as shit.

I mean, if you're going through all this trouble to honor the character, can it be anything else but positive? This is a character you look up to and wish to emulate, if for a day or two. I can't see how that would be offensive unless the character itself is offensive.

I'm not super knowledgeable about these things though and I'm not the one that could be offended by it. Perhaps some POC or people more familiar with these issues would like to weigh in? If it's wrong, why? This is a good chance to educate.
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FlyinDumpling wrote:

Some say tanning to cosplay characters of darker skin color is dehumanizing because it's considered black face...and by tanning to fit a cosplay character, people are treating skin color of the oppressed as a costume that can be put on or off. What do you think?

there is also "yellow face" where people use makeup to look or dress like an asian person


Well, there is a history of sorts of it being racist. But this is the 21st century. Most people have moved on from the issue of race (at least my generation I hope). So I think people who are offended by cosplaying black or Asian characters are nothing more than a bunch of sensitive Sallies.
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I was under the impression that 'black face' was really only when white people unnecessarily played black characters. Like if a movie came out today and instead of getting a black actor they just painted a white guy, that would be considered racist because there is no reason they couldn't get a black actor. With cosplaying though, if you want to dress as that character and be as true to the character as possible, you would have to tan. You're portraying an already established character. If you decided to just cosplay as a black guy, and go around acting all stereotypically black (walk around comic con with your pants around your ankles, a shirt 5 sizes too big, a bucket of kfc in one hand and a water melon in the other calling people "nigger") then sure you could call it racist. But if you just want to cosplay as an actual character, I don't see why they would be considered racist. And if anyone found it racist surely they would have to be in a minority.
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Is duck face an insult to ducks?
Posted 2/14/14

BLACKOUTMK2 wrote:

Is duck face an insult to ducks?

Duckface is a slight against humanity.

On top(ic) I, personally, find artificial tanning unhealthy in every regard.
(remember that beefjerky woman, who stuck her 4 year old in a tanner? Scary shit.)

Black-face is a gray area. I grasp why it could be seen as offensive, but I also realize that it's a costume, and not meant to be of malcontent.
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^This is racist


but good one-question-; when used to push some stereotypical depction of a said race (i.e. Minstrel Shows, or even vaudeville)) then yes. but if used to further 'proof' make whatever you are doing or making it more genuine then hell no. What are these 'black anime characters in question....I can't really think of any......
Posted 2/14/14 , edited 2/14/14
Blackface is an exaggerated and absolutely racist form of makeup, meant to degrade Blacks both in appearance and manner.

Tanning, darkening or lightening your skin color to make yourself look more like a character is not racist.

Also, people need to calm down and realize that their so-called "political correctness" is actually onesided more often than not, and rather racist.
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Yoruichi *dream*



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Doing it right

dankuuwut wrote:

Yoruichi *dream*



All pigments are welcome.




Doing it wrong-


And you might just get your ass kicked for trying to pull a stunt like this
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WeevilsWobble wrote:



^This is racist


but good one-question-; when used to push some stereotypical depction of a said race (i.e. Minstrel Shows, or even vaudeville)) then yes. but if used to further 'proof' make whatever you are doing or making it more genuine then hell no. What are these 'black anime characters in question....I can't really think of any......


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