“For a black cosplayer (not to be racist) she did an amazing job!” the original Tumblr post read. It was later was edited to include “I love her skin tone” after all hell broke loose.
Personally, I’ve always been stuck on those first few words: “for a black cosplayer.” As if the bar was set lower for us, as if we weren’t expected to perform on the same level as white cosplayers.
I lost track of how many times the post was liked, reblogged, linked to other websites — even now, nearly three years after the picture was taken, complete strangers will come up and reference it to me at cons, and it’s even come up in job interviews. My Venus became the unintentional face of the cosplay race debate online, an unwitting example of “Black cosplayers doing it right,” as if 9 times out of 10, black cosplayers were doing it wrong by default.
What kills me is that in person, nobody has the balls to say a word about whether or not they think darker-skinned people should cosplay lighter skinned characters — but online is a completely different animal. Online, I was “Nigger Venus,” and “Sailor Venus Williams” because I am black.
My nose was too wide, lips were too big, I had a “face like a gorilla” and wasn’t suited for such a cute character, because I am black. My wig was too blonde, my wig wasn’t blonde enough, or, my wig was ghetto because I was making it ghetto, by being black and having it on my head.
And furthermore, if I was going to insist on “ruining characters,” I could have at least picked one with black hair so it looked more “natural.” I should have worn blue contacts — but if I had, it would have looked ghetto. Because I am black."
Always reblog my Chaka. She’s the baddest bitch I know and an amazing cosplayer. That she’s had to deal with all this is ridiculous.(via westleyjackson)
1.) He has the best unimpressed face.
2.) Fabulous distinguished graying, yes.
3.) Sexy and mysterious? Oded Fehr can do sexy and mysterious.
4.) He is Oded Fehr.
Holy Crap yes! I never would have thought of him but as a Doctor Strange fan I can say he is effing perfect!
actually, the reason why I don’t speak Chinese or have an accent is because I am, in fact Chinese, and my parents wanted me to speak like a native English speaker, without any of the bullshit countless other Chinese kids faced because of their Chinese accent and the fact that Chinese was their first language. SO fuck you, white asshole: The fact that you CAN speak Chinese and nobody is ever going to question your nationality, your loyalty, or your educational level is a privilege because my parents had to cut me off from that part of my ancestry just so that I could be treated a little bit better by your fucking society.