Another Round of BlackFace
Here we go again. We have another person who chose accuracy over decency when it came to cosplaying a character. Let me introduce you to Mamoru Cosplay. This actor/director with a whopping 1.7 star rating has decided to grace us with new pictures of this amazing photo shoot he has done of him dressed as Ruby Rhod, played by Chris Tucker, from The Fifth Element. All seemed well. He kept it moving. He took his paint off and went about his life like nothing happened, until the comments section began to blow up. Some showed their concerns about just how accurate he needed to be to portray the flirtatious Ruby, while others praised him for how well he did on changing his complexion. Two days later he came out with this statement with this picture that’s he is just so proud of:
In his statement, he begins to educate the masses by letting us know what the true definition of “racist” means. After his google copy and past, he goes into detail about how people on his page are being racist. He’s not, I mean come on! He has black friends and they’re totally cool with it, so all black people should be chill about this. After reading his lengthy duck and dodge, I’ve decided to rank my three favorite excerpts from his comment addressing his public’s concerns over his cosplay:
“Don’t forget, too often in the movie adaptation of the comic book character with white skin played actor with black skin. This infringes white people. This is racism to the same extent as the blond wigs infringe the rights of brunettes.”
I totally get it! Like Mickey Rooney doing yellowface in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Wait, no. Then how about Yul Brynner in The King and I? Nope, I don’t think that’s right either. Okay, I got one! Laurence Olivier from Othello. Still no?
“I’m sorry that you perceived my cosplay as an insult to ur address. I don’t understand how cosplay can hurt your feelings, to humiliate you. I’m doing cosplay for people. I invest the whole soul in it . You say that I am a racist. Do you know the definition?”
That’s the point. You don’t understand. Instead of trying to understand you came back and said you’re doing it for the people, when in reality, you’re doing it for yourself under the excuse of ‘accuracy’. There is a huge backlash that a ton of black cosplayers face when cosplaying white characters, myself being one of them. That being said, this double standard where people can perform blackface and be applauded while actual people of color are faced with name calling and often times insults is why I’m addressing this.
“You ask for special attention, and you have been belittling my rights as a white person. (I speak only of those who leave comments here. To my black friends is not the case). Who among us RACIST!!!! ????”
So, instead of people trying to talk to you, to educate you on this matter, you say they’re asking for special attention. I don’t think someone calling you out on something you’re doing wrong is asking for special attention, it’s trying to tell you that you paid way too much attention to your own goals and left your good intentions on the side of the street in the middle of nowhere Kansas and never looked back.
Mamoru, you had the opportunity to have some words, and now I will have mine. Not only do you not see what’s wrong with this, but you have other people that are equally incorrect, saying that it’s okay and encourage you to keep doing it. Reading through those waves of emotional comments, I heard the same typical things from these enablers I hear every time someone else decides to put on blackface for a cosplay.
‘That’s not his intentions’- that’s why we try to educate, but he’s not hearing it folks.
‘Other black people find it okay’- because one black person can speak for all black people, right? No.
‘You shouldn’t be offended’- Got it. Thank you for letting me know how I should feel. Then you shouldn’t feel butt hurt from the backlash you’re getting from this.
‘He has black friends’- Cool story bro. Please re-read ‘Other black people find it okay’
‘He’s from another country so he doesn’t know better’- Russia doesn’t know about blackface or racist acts in general? I don’t think so. Google is your friend.
You gave the definition of racist, so let’s continue with some more definitions!
BLACKFACE- “the makeup used by a nonblack performer playing a black role. The role played is typically comedic or musical and usually is considered offensive.”
BIGOTRY- “intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself.”
Feeling the sting of anger from this one shoot upset you so much that you had to put a side-stepping post about how other people need to feel about it. You’re not listening to how they feel. You’re just telling them about how they should feel.
You used someone else’s race to achieve your idea of perfection, yet there are people who are discriminated against because of this skin color. People have been denied rights because of this skin color. People have been ripped away from their homes and families have been separated because of this skin color. People have been forced into slavery because of this color. People have been beaten severely because of this skin color. People are dying because they have this skin color. People are being murdered because of this skin color. You took the weight of what people of this color must bare every day and turned it into a costume. You dance in your ignorant bliss, making sure you stay oblivious then had the gall to wonder what the big deal is.
We explain this over and over again about why it’s wrong, but it’s not going to stop until people realize that to wear someone’s skin color as an ornament is taking it too far. It’s cosplay: costume play. Someone’s skin color is not a costume. I hope you got the attention you wanted Mamoru.
By the way, read the reviews on his page. They’re priceless.
Reblogged this on The Adventures of Fort Gaskin-Burr and commented:
Oh for pete’s sake.
*sigh* You know what irks me. He actually kind of looks halfway decent doing it, but it’s still terrible. Yeah…tell me about being black and cosplaying then add being fat on top of that. I’m STILL terrified to post any of my “test” photos of the cosplay I’ve been yearning to do for years (and have done closet runs of), because I’m a sensitive and anxious person and I know how cruel people can be.
I’ve tried numerous times to explain how not equivalent it is when black person takes an originally white role, but unfortunately many people have a “post racial” mind and think the playing field is level. Also one POC doesn’t speak for the entire group! We don’t have a council and meetings *grumble*
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Listen. Who gives a fuck what people think. I bet you look fucking awesome in your cosplay. At least it shows that you LIKE something enough to want to dress as it/them. This makes me so mad when people are too afraid to show off something they should be proud of because of internet trolls. No one deserves to feel bad for cosplaying or dressing up.
My advice? Literally drown out all that hate with a big ol fuckin smile. Cause I can bet you look twice as good as any stupid “paid to cosplay” bitch out there. Be proud! You earned the right to be proud the moment you left your mama’s womb. 🙂
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The salt must flow.
because so much trouble for this cosplay ?? the reply because he did not like was clear, or maybe you wanted to hear something that would make you feel better and as it happened, now attack constantly, let me tell you the culture you have is the one that makes you feel that way, just let it work the boy, he does not try to harm anyone, maybe if you saw the point of exchange artistically your perception, because you can not appreciate the work of people and just bend you to give negative to your words, it is for that reason people like tu¡ there is inequality, racism, intolerance, stop making silly comments only alter a society hungry for a fight, anger, anger, try to be a better person and see the world change his mind .luck in your life
You response epitomizes the head in the sand nonsense that allows people to think someone’s skin color is something they can put on and take off for funsies, without dealing with the day-to-day struggle of being someone of that skin color.
Your willful ignorance is disturbing and your lack of empathy for someone who is not you is shameful.
“You used someone else’s race to achieve your idea of perfection, yet there are people who are discriminated against because of this skin color. People have been denied rights because of this skin color. People have been ripped away from their homes and families have been separated because of this skin color. People have been forced into slavery because of this color. People have been beaten severely because of this skin color. People are dying because they have this skin color. People are being murdered because of this skin color. You took the weight of what people of this color must bare every day and turned it into a costume.” You can easily replace ‘skin color’ with the word ‘gender’ or ‘sexual orientation’….so should males or females not dress up as the opposite sex?
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There is a big difference between blackface and black makeup. Blackface is what was used in minstrel shows. That was racist. It was meant to make fun of black people. Someone putting on black (actually brown) makeup to become a character they admire is not racist. Now I can see if they were portraying a racist character, that would be a whole different story. Listen people, cosplay is for everyone. None of us are green, or have wings, or horns and most of us will never be superheroes. It’s all about the fandoms. This didn’t just do a black cosplay. He cosplayer a character he loved enough to become him. And he did a great job. I do my cosplay from a wheelchair. I don’t see too many superheros in wheelchairs. But no one has complained to me about it. Just as, if someone cosplayer a character who’s handicapped when they weren’t I would not complain. That would be ridiculous. I would be proud that someone would want to do that. That’s how I feel when I see a white person cosplaying a black character. I just think, look how far we have come. We as cosplayers. Because we can teach the rest of society how it’s really supposed to be. Keep in mind people, it’s all fantasy. But the friendships are real! Be well always.
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