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Literally a week ago I pointed out (again) how most anime YouTubers and news sites never talk about racism in the anime community.
More so the one’s with a platform equal or bigger than AM by numbers.
They never highlight it, mention it, give it any energy, or call out anyone for letting it slide.
These are the same c*nts who are so quick to wank over controversies, but so slow to talk about real issues.
This shows from an incident with another black anime cosplayer, who decided to take a break from racist abuse on social media.
In an official 1 minute video, one of this cosplayers “latest” comments says Hinata isn’t a monkey.
Literally implying she can’t cosplay as Hinata because she’s black and has African heritage.
All these roaches saw is color.
“I’m tired of getting so many racist comments and so many hate comments. And having to go through and read all of them, and having to delete them. I don’t understand why people are mad at me for cosplaying.
I genuinely don’t understand. Why does my skin color matter?“
She can be heard sobbing, crying, and being genuinely upset and even flabbergasted as to why she’s being targeted.
She ends the video by saying sorry (for having to take a break for her mental health).
I see most news, even before others see it. But this one slipped through.
I’m not sure when the video first aired, but it was shared on February 12th 2021. Which gives more proof to the idea that the likes of Anime News Network has ignored it.
The same sites that claimed they support black lives in 2020 during the global movement that started from George Floyd’s death.
It speaks to who’s really for who, and who isn’t when racism comes into the picture.
“Cosplay” is a specific term that references people dressing up as typically fictional characters and is a major facet of fandom. Per Kotaku, the term — a portmanteau of the words “costume” and “play” — first appeared in print in a June 1983 article in My Anime written by Nobuyuki Takahashi about the phenomenon of Japanese fans dressing up as anime and manga characters. These days, the term is used to describe the same phenomenon across fandoms, whether it’s anime and manga, superheroes, or non-Japanese cartoon characters.
Racism remains a longstanding problem in the cosplay and fandom communities. Shakeena Johnson wrote in i-D that “Black women cosplayers are forced to deal with sexism, racism, body-shaming, and colourism.” She continued that they often face racist harassment for cosplaying characters who aren’t Black, alongside thinly veiled concerns of “accuracy.”Anime fans sometimes use the fact that the characters are often Japanese — and almost always not Black — to say that Black fans can’t cosplay as those characters. But, Shirleen pointed out, that same criticism is usually not applied to white fans who dress up as nonwhite characters.
As Taylnn Kell wrote in The Establishment, racism is built into cosplay because the characters and source material can be racist.
“I want to participate more frequently in different fandoms, but I’m finding it harder and harder to ignore the misogynoir in most media content,” Kell wrote. “I am tired of either not seeing Black women, or seeing them abused and hypersexualized.”