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05 Apr 2013 - 10:32100433
Cosplay: Not Just A Hobby! PLEASE READ
Hi there.

I'm sorry if this have been circulated already but I urge all cosplayers to read and be aware of this please.

A cosplayer friend of mine http://aigue-marine.tumblr.com/ has posted this on her tumblr and I have seen a couple of other friends who have also experienced this. I don't mean to freak anyone out but I just wanted to make sure people knew.


Today was approached by an acquaintance of mine on Facebook. He asked me if I was interested in doing a Cosplay Video Interview for his new Facebook page “Cosplay: Not Just A Hobby”.

Having met this guy before I agreed and talked to his girlfriend about the formalicies on Skype - She was supposed to be in charge during the interview which was fine for me.

Doing a Cosplay Video Interview in costume in front of a webcam is nothing new to me, so I dressed up and waited for the interview to start…

First of all everything was alright. The questions were normal “How did you get into cosplay?” “How long have you been cosplaying?”, etc. Everything was completely fine…

Until the “Interview” part was finished and the optional “Quizz” part started in which I had the chance to win a 2.000$ laptop.

I told the host of the interview I had no clue of the games she was going to ask me questions about, but she kindly asked me to give the whole quizz a try… Since I had nothing to lose I agreed and we started the quizz.

And right after I had answered the first question incorrectly the host told me to take a pieces of accessory/cloothing off…

To cut a long story short: I refused to take anything off, to continue the quizz or interview or whatever and wanted to stop the conversion. Which got me into a huge discussion with the host who complained that there was […] “Nothing scandalous in taking off a ribbon or an apron.” […]

Right. There IS nothing scandalous about it. But I’m a professional and I will NOT take off ANY part of my costume in front of a webcam to anybody ever. And WHAT PROFESSIONAL OWNER of a cosplay website would EVER ask an interview guest to do that?!

(At this point the host even pointed out that she wouldn’t record the quizz part and that the stripping - yes, I will call it by its name, stripping - was just for fun.

I am extremely angry and ashamed I fell for this whole thing in the first place. Therefore I’d like to ask you:

DON’T ACCEPT INTERVIEWS OF “DAVID MIRRA” AND/OR HIS GIRLFRIEND UNTIL THIS MATTER IS SETTLED.

Thank you for your time. <3



Last edited by Bambi. (05 Apr 2013 - 10:33)
05 Apr 2013 - 12:08100441
Thanks for posting this!
Did your friend report it?


05 Apr 2013 - 12:45100449
This seems to be doing the rounds nicely across a variety of sites, so that's good.

I also hope the general message of being cautious about photoshoots and similar gets out too. Its a good idea to have a friend on hand for these sort of things -sometimes its hard to say no if you are on your own, and the organiser seems to be in a position of authority/experience over you.

@Bambi - there's a related discussion over in Cosplay Chat called Costumes Are Not Consentthat you might also want to look at .


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05 Apr 2013 - 12:56100452
Sounds like a horrible experience! I'm glad you decided to publicise it though.


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05 Apr 2013 - 12:58100453
@Pandora.

Thanks! I wasn't sure whether i would have to put it in that thread or not so sorry about that. It seems to be making the rounds on facebook and tumblr too.

Because it was from a friend of mine, I'm confident that it's not just rumour/scare mongering too.

Thanks again.


05 Apr 2013 - 13:02100454
Bambi I hope your friend is ok!
And it really was worth sharing with us (even if it is doing the rounds I had no idea)


05 Apr 2013 - 13:07100455
Quote Bambi.:
Because it was from a friend of mine, I'm confident that it's not just rumour/scare mongering too.


I must admit, my first thought was to try to verify the story, but I have to stop doing that! We need to believe victims more - false reporting is incredibly rare - and if we let people know they will be believed, we stop them suffering in silence, scared they be ignored or called "attention seekers".

And it's not like this David Mirra can't come forward and apologise, or defend himself if he feels aggreived!


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09 Apr 2013 - 14:37100655
I recall cosplay.com posted an announcement similar to this where people were claiming to be interviewers from the website and were doing the same thing, so I'm guessing this is either the same people or copycats :/


09 Apr 2013 - 14:58100658
Oh dear! :S

Thanks for the warning!


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16 Apr 2013 - 08:50101049
I'm glad you posted this, I had no idea people could even think of doing this. But i'm glad you're ok!


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16 Apr 2013 - 10:14101053
thats really awful. sorry to hear you had to deal with that. but also thankyou for alerting us to it!

be it a shoe lace or your knickers..nobody should be pressured into removing any part of their cosplay.

gone on you for getting out as soon as things took an odd turn x


28 Apr 2013 - 20:03101691
Quote Bambi.:
Hi there.

I'm sorry if this have been circulated already but I urge all cosplayers to read and be aware of this please.

A cosplayer friend of mine http://aigue-marine.tumblr.com/ has posted this on her tumblr and I have seen a couple of other friends who have also experienced this. I don't mean to freak anyone out but I just wanted to make sure people knew.


Today was approached by an acquaintance of mine on Facebook. He asked me if I was interested in doing a Cosplay Video Interview for his new Facebook page “Cosplay: Not Just A Hobby”.

Having met this guy before I agreed and talked to his girlfriend about the formalicies on Skype - She was supposed to be in charge during the interview which was fine for me.

Doing a Cosplay Video Interview in costume in front of a webcam is nothing new to me, so I dressed up and waited for the interview to start…

First of all everything was alright. The questions were normal “How did you get into cosplay?” “How long have you been cosplaying?”, etc. Everything was completely fine…

Until the “Interview” part was finished and the optional “Quizz” part started in which I had the chance to win a 2.000$ laptop.

I told the host of the interview I had no clue of the games she was going to ask me questions about, but she kindly asked me to give the whole quizz a try… Since I had nothing to lose I agreed and we started the quizz.

And right after I had answered the first question incorrectly the host told me to take a pieces of accessory/cloothing off…

To cut a long story short: I refused to take anything off, to continue the quizz or interview or whatever and wanted to stop the conversion. Which got me into a huge discussion with the host who complained that there was […] “Nothing scandalous in taking off a ribbon or an apron.” […]

Right. There IS nothing scandalous about it. But I’m a professional and I will NOT take off ANY part of my costume in front of a webcam to anybody ever. And WHAT PROFESSIONAL OWNER of a cosplay website would EVER ask an interview guest to do that?!

(At this point the host even pointed out that she wouldn’t record the quizz part and that the stripping - yes, I will call it by its name, stripping - was just for fun.

I am extremely angry and ashamed I fell for this whole thing in the first place. Therefore I’d like to ask you:

DON’T ACCEPT INTERVIEWS OF “DAVID MIRRA” AND/OR HIS GIRLFRIEND UNTIL THIS MATTER IS SETTLED.

Thank you for your time. <3


Thank you Bambi, this most helpful, I know cosplay.com had an annoucement on the website saying someone was doing videos saying they were from cosplay.com, but they were not as cosplay.com website don't do interviews.

So thank you very very much, it is good to see someone using their head you are correct an interviewer would never ask such things,

from
Tracy


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Tracy The Pink Princess
28 Apr 2013 - 20:35101693
Good on you for helping spread this, it's important that more people know. Will pass this on to my cosplaying friends. Thanks.


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