Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:27 PM
It's no secret that there is a lot of bad news reporting out there, but this is really sad.
If you're going to report about something you might want to learn a little bit about it. Do your homework so you don't look like a complete idiot. I love the caption on the very last photo, which is simply "Anime?"... not even close buddy. I'm not even a comic fan, but a quick Google search led me to deduce this was the most recent iteration of Black Canary.
And I guess some of the women aren't even in costume, they are just "hot". What a charming article. I'm not a feminist, but this I find sexist and very ignorant. What do you think? Do people just not understand cosplay like we do?
Posted 29 July 2013 - 01:24 AM
That you're getting way too overworked over a poorly done article on Fox News.
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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:29 AM
It's not just one news site that does this though. Here is NBC's version(link). Again, ALL news outlets have bad reporting. It has nothing to do with political views.
This also reminds me about a more extreme incident that happened a year ago. A local ABC news station mocked Star Wars fans at a con(article). That was more just being mean, not ignorant.
You'd think with the growing popularity that conventions and cosplaying have seen in recent years that people would stop treating it as such an oddity. Major news outlets are covering the events, celebrities, and announcements at Comic Con, but they can't even take the time to do a little research, or take some pictures of not just "hot" women, but good cosplay in general? Men can be hot too, and have "sexy" cosplay, but instead they choose to play to the lowest common denominator and feature "babes" instead.
I'd have no problem if the slideshow was titled "Most Impressive Cosplays of Comic Con" or something like that.
P.S. - I'm not worked up, just looking to start a discussion about the mainstream media and it's views on cosplay. I thought it might be interesting to hear what the cosplayers here have to say about it.
Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:39 PM
Plus those screwing comments on the side?
"Lady Gaga, is that you?"
Mother screwer I will spirit blast you right into next year would be my response (Female Goku cosplayer pic)
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Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:28 PM
What I DO have a problem with is that they only seemed interested in getting hot girls to pose. They said nothing about the amazing work done on some of those cosplays and made no real effort to learn at least the characters names.... They can make all the dumb captions they want but shouldn't they at least ASK the "babes of comic-con" WHO they are cosplaying?
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Posted 31 July 2013 - 01:41 PM
I agree that things said on Fox news are not to be taken as the pinnacle of fine reporting, but it worries me that some people don't think to question the source when they watch the news (like a certain set of relatives of mine, that fully buy into the "haha, you're so weird" style of "appreciation" of cosplay).
Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:00 AM
JujuFox, you almost made me unblock Fox's site to look at this slideshow. Then I realized something. It's Fox News. Those people are morons. They were trolls before trolling was invented. Fox is the Godfather of Troll. Don't feed the troll, JujuFox. Don't feed the troll.
Posted 11 August 2013 - 01:09 PM
A possible thought process of a junior reporter [DISCLAIMER; I'm not insinuating anyone holds this type of mentality, but I wouldn't doubt it]:
"Ah. A Sci-fi con's in town, sounds geeky. It would get me a story, but what do Americans think of a Sci-fi con? That they're abnormal--but curious. Curiosity gets me readers! But I have to phrase it in a way that won't make everyday Americans feel bad about this curiosity. Why not play to some common tropes like "sex sells" or "geeks are strange"? Yeah! That now makes my article socially appropriate to publish on this major news site without making my editors question what in the world I was thinking."
Soooo, everyday American picks up a copy of this and they're like, "...okay. I guess this is what I should take from a Sci-fi con. The geek girls look good. Where's the funnies?"
I honestly think the mainstream could care less about geekdom BUT mainstream media insists on portraying it a certain way. I have a feeling that the people at the head of mainstream media are stuck in some decades old, stereotypical mindset that geeks are strange and the only thing we like about them are A and B. In reality, the mainstream doesn't care about them until mainstream media throws it in their faces and then they're like, "oh geeks are strange cuz that's what I learned from the media!" How do you find out about something new? You read about it. How do you read about it? You look up articles, studies, reviews, discussions, etc. Who makes the articles, studies, reviews, and discussions? Bingo! Self-perpetuating.
At least it makes sense to me. xDD
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