IF YOU ARE COSPLAYING A DISNEY PRINCESS AND YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE WHERE THERE ARE GOING TO BE KIDS THAT WILL COME UP TO TALK TO YOU
YOU!!!! CAN!!!! NOT!!!! BE!!!! ANTI!!!! SOCIAL!!!! TO!!!! THEM!!!!
FOR REAL, I JUST WATCHED A VIDEO OF A GIRL DRESSING UP AS ANNA AND SHE WENT TO HER LOCAL MALL
SHE WENT INTO THE DISNEY STORE
WHEN A LITTLE GIRL CAME UP TO HER AND TRIED TO TALK TO HER
THE COSPLAYER WALKED AWAY
AND LOOKED AT THE LITTLE GIRL LIKE SHE WAS NUTS
THAT IS HORRIBLE
I USED TO DRESS UP AS SNOW WHITE FOR CHARITY EVENTS WITH CHILDREN
I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW AWKWARD IT WAS WHEN OUR ELSA DID NOT TALK TO CHILDREN
SHE WAS NOT INTERESTED IN TALKING OR BEING AROUND THE KIDS AND THAT MAKES THE KIDS UNCOMFORTABLE!!!
IF YOU ARE COSPLAYING A CHARACTER THAT IS POPULAR AMONG CHILDREN, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BE NICE TO KIDS
TO THEM, THEY ARE ACTUALLY MEETING THIS CHARACTER THAT THEY LOVE OR KNOW
IT IS UP TO YOU TO NOT BE A DICK
You also gotta know that if you’re going somewhere where there will be children and you’re in a costume even slightly similar to a Disney character they will think you are that character.
My hair is dyed white and at last year’s Ren Fest I was dressed as a water nymph. So i was in all blue, with glittery blue heeled boots on. Personally, I would have never thought that I looked like Elsa. I had leggings on, not a dress. And no ice themed anything. But that didn’t stop the sweetest little princess from asking me if I was Elsa.
I’ll admit that I was thrown for a loop, since I thought I was a pretty convincing mermaid on land with my scale print leggings. But I’m not a dick so I quickly recovered and said I was her cousin. Kids are more than happy to accept that and she smiled then shyly ran back to her mom to tell her she met Elsa’s cousin.
If you’re in a glittery costume of any sort, in a place where children will be, be prepared to be nice to them. Otherwise you’re just a jerk. No one likes jerks.
Don’t be a dick.
Seriously. If I go anywhere in ANY costume, no matter if I’m a princess, hero, or villain, I’m nice to the kids. They just wanna play!
I don’t even like kids, but one of the most rewarding cosplay moments I’ve had was interacting with littluns as Rose Quartz. Every kid got a hug if their parents said it was okay. Every kid got told that they were very special because they’re a human being. I’m looking forward to doing it again this year, because giving a kid a moment of genuine magic really is something else. It doesn’t hurt you to smile at a child.
When I cosplay Pearl I have precious little ones come up to me and you better bet I goof with them about how gross eating is or how loud amethyst is (and pretend to get a sooooo offended when they say someone else is their favorite gem)
You are making magic real for those kids in that moment and if you aren’t prepared for that, maybe think twice before cosplaying that character. I had a child completely frozen in disbelief and joy over seeing me, a character from a show they love, that’s power you have to wield responsibly.
It’s not just with popular lady characters. My best little-kid-cosplay-moment was when I was cosplaying Thor (not lady Thor from the comics, my own version of genderbent MCU Thor). I was walking through the dealer’s hall and suddenly saw a gaggle of Tiny Avengers in those Walmart costumes barrelling towards me. They crowded me in excitement and asked where Loki was because they wanted to find him and beat him up (I told them to give him an extra punch from me when they found him), then all six tried to crawl into my lap when I said yes to a photo. Cutest thing ever.
BE NICE TO KIDS WHEN YOU’RE IN COSTUME.
//If you’re going to be cosplaying -any- character that children will recognize, BE NICE TO KIDS!! To them, you -are- that character. And you have no right, what so ever, to destroy the illusion of what, to them, is a magical moment.
When I cosplay Batman, to little kids, I am Batman. And it is such an amazing experience to have kids run up to me and want a hug, and tell me about how when they grow up they want to fight bad guys too. I can’t fathom someone being so rude as to ignore them.
I have a friend who cosplays Han Solo, and a little girl was so excited to see him that when he knelt down to talk to her, she hugged onto him and didn’t want to let go for ten minutes.
Also, remember IF THERE IS A LOST CHILD AT A CONVENTION, AND YOU ARE COSPLAYING A PRINCESS OR A SUPER HERO, THE CHILD WILL GO TO YOU FOR HELP LONG BEFORE THEY THINK TO APPROACH A SECURITY OFFICER!!! You have a duty to help that child! Help them calm down, escort them to the nearest safe zone, and inform a security officer that the child has misplaced their parents/guardians. -Never- use the term ‘lost child’ in front of the kid, it’s the parents who wandered off and got lost, not the child.
Read this, then read it again.
this is why, no matter who I cosplay, I’m in character to everyone I’ll meet, whether they’re adults, kids, or teens like me. super important, honestly
Hell, it’s not even all cosplaying. I do a lot of outreach events about insects and nature. I’ll have a table or booth with a microscope, lots of bugs, tanks full of caterpillars and/or stick insects, the whole deal (Example 1 [link], Example 2 [link]). I guess technically I’m cosplaying like a scientist. Remember, for a lot of kids, scientists are just as fictional and idealized as cartoon characters!
For some of these kids, it’s the FIRST TIME they have ever used a microscope. For some of them, it’s the FIRST TIME they have seen a REAL LIVE caterpillar. No big deal to a lot of adults, but can you imagine growing up reading a book called “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” and finally, at the ripe old age of 6, you ACTUALLY get to SEE a REAL ONE??? Of what about meeting an ACTUAL, real-life scientist?! The kids go nuts over this stuff. And I go nuts over it with them because it’s so interesting! These kids are super observant, extremely smart, and so curious they want to know everything, and yet everything they learn blows their minds because it’s ALL NEW to them! It makes a huge difference to them that I am just as excited about this stuff as they are, especially since adults tend to be so boring and dismissive of “uninteresting” things (aka, stuff they already know because they’re not 6 anymore). A kid will tell me about finding some kind of weird bug, and I’ll always respond with, “WOW you’re really observant! Lots of people wouldn’t notice that!” or something similar.
Sometimes, kids will ask for things where most people would immediately say “NO!” Things like, “Can I use your [super expensive] camera?!” or “Can I hold [that bug]?!” The parents tend to move in quick and start saying no, BUT, sometimes, “Oh hey look I have an emergency backup camera, here’s how to use it, make sure to keep the strap around your wrist so you don’t drop it, have fun!” or, “YES! You can hold the butterfly. Hold your hand out steady and he’ll just walk onto you. There he goes! I think he likes you!” Meanwhile the kid’s brain just totally glitches out because did an adult say YES? to a COOL THING? And it’s AMAZING?! WHAT?!
Maybe you want to be mean to kids because you had a crappy childhood and nothing fun ever happened to you and you just want to be alone and have a miserable adulthood and die unhappy, etc. But can you imagine what it would have been like to have a teen/adult actually respond to your play positively? And genuinely? You can be that person. If you, as an adult, have the opportunity to give some random strange kid a nugget of love, compassion, strength, curiosity, or anything like that, why would you choose not to???
Rant dated July 2, 2018