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02 September 2013 @ 09:05 pm
An unpopular opinion regarding the Gamer Totoy discussion of sexual favours granted by cosplayers  
I don't think I should link to it anymore, and I tried to stay away from this issue, but as I've gone in and out of the cosplay scene I have also grown sick and tired of the crazy double standard -- let's face it, most humans of the XY chromosome in cosplay fandom WILL post photos of scantily clad girls who haven't even met these fappers. And then there really is no way I can keep my opinion to myself, considering that I have a (younger) sister who is both internet-famous and FHM famous, even more than the cosplayer said to be peddling sexual favours has become (though definitely not to Alodia, Tuxedo Team, Kipi -- my age is showing, Dani, or Yaya levels).

Allow me to share my opinion, unpopular though it may be: for me, if the cosplayer is selling sexual favours because she has legitimate issues with money, if she needs to support herself through more than just the next costume (or 3, or 5), then I won't get in her case. Doubly so if she doesn't say or do anything to contradict herself and her actions, because in that case I still would have more respect for her than, say, Jerry Polence, who said she would be a nun but didn't follow through with that AND had terribly unholy behaviour in so many ways to boot. (Irony of ironies, said sister is a friend of Polence. It's a surprise to some people that I'm civil around this particular fellow ex-cosplayer.)

Plus to all the men here who are reading this, and even the women too, I'm going to quote what my BFF in the Philippine cosplay scene has said: if you condemn the girl for what she does, but then post pictures on your own Facebook of scantily naked female cosplayers / Korean actresses we all know would never give you the time of day anyway, then that makes you a hypocrite. (We know who most of you are. We see your Facebook feeds, Tumblr accounts, Twitter handles, your blogs, your social media networks and even your private posts. Even you Gamer Totoy. :D) You have no right to objectify females yourself and then complain / mock a girl who at least uses her OWN body for it, and not someone else's. So honestly, to all the male posters here, stop being dickwads with your holier-than-thou attitudes since you're all going to kiss and tell whether or not she or any girl bangs you, anyway. (I suspect this double standard actually persists because many of you were rejected by her, or others like her, and if not that you simply weren't able to afford her services.)

Finally, if it is proven that indeed she IS doing it just to get herself a shiny coming-of-age party, well, she is indeed sadly horribly misled by her priorities in life. Not to say that her need isn't valid, but in the greater scheme of things, having a fun, grand debutante party can still be done for a cheaper budget through better planning. I mean, come on, just take a look at Jeane Napoles' Blogger account and debut post-party video -- she had SO MUCH MONEY to burn (all taken from decent hardworking taxpayers like myself, by the way) and still came up with a party that's nowhere as cool given the materials, equipment and personnel she had at her disposal. She tried to have a party like Tony Stark from IRON MAN 2 but the video alone shows it's not quite as happening as her spin doctors and video editors try to make it look. .

Oh, in case you're looking for me, this is crossposted on my:

Fina-fricking-ly, yes, I acknowledge I am turning into the queen of unpopular opinion, but that also means flames will be doused with water after being used to cook delicious spam and eggs.

That's all, thanks. ^.~v
Stage: Pilipinas
Mood: annoyedannoyed
balatstarbalatstar on September 3rd, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
Haha, True. Besides, why condemn the girl but not her client/(s)? No one's gonna be able to sell if no one's buying. It's not like she held a gun to their heads. XD
Lira: rantseikochan on September 3rd, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
Woah, just heard of this right now, but PREACH. Yes, agreed to all of the above. Guys should seriously stop dictating girls on what to do with themselves. :/

Also roflmao +1000 for your comment re: Jeane Napoles' party. If she was going to burn the Philippine taxpayers' money, she should have come up with something more amazing than that bland little affair (SO HAWT. SO HAWT.) Like, seriously, she could have thrown a Moon Kingdom-esque party with that budget!!
Jac Ting Lim: lurvejactinglim on September 3rd, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
BRAVO! It needs to be said, waifu <3
yojichan: shockyojichan on September 5th, 2013 06:45 am (UTC)
proof that I am TOTALLY out of the cosplay scene.
hay naku! anubayan?
seriously? give sexual favors for cosplay?
nalungkot ako. i know that there used to be a lot of craziness I hear when I was still active in anicons pero yung ganyan offer ng katawan did not come across my ears. Did cosplayers behave better back in the days? Perhaps they had more self respect and genuine appreciation for the fandom? Ngayon kasi parang pasikatan na. Ginagamit yung event para to-be-seen nalang pero kebs lang kung anong fandom kaya sya bumihis ng ganun.
I just feel sad. I could go on and lament about these stuff pero hala....wala na akong enerhiya mag-rant. Nakakalungkot na ito ang magagawa ng ibang tao para lang sa isang bagay na for sure wala namang longevity. Let's face it, there's cosplay life and there is the REAL LIFE. Real life ALWAYS wins. Nakakalungkot na humantong sa ganitong estilo para lang makaporma. haaayy....gone are the days na ang pagko-cosplay ay isang bayanihan ng magkakaibigan.