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Opinion: The Ups And Downs Of Kpop Cosplaying

In the last couple of years, cosplaying is something you may have been hearing about more and more in the Kpop community, but why is it generally in a negative connotation?

Cosplaying is the art of dressing up as a character, thing, or person. It is most commonly seen at different kinds of conventions around the world. Some you may be familiar with, such as Comic Con, Dragon Con and, the popular convention of all things Hallyu, KCON!

Cosplaying is seen as a form of art that can include the use of many different skills. Those skills can include, but are not limited to, sewing, painting, tailoring, and even construction.  Although it is not a bad thing to buy their outfits, many cosplayers hand make and/or alter clothes to make their own outfits.  It is not rare to see people spend hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours to get the perfect cosplay for an event. Cosplaying is just another form of art and outlet that many Kpop fans turn to in order to support their favorite groups. Cosplaying is something anyone can do no matter what your gender, race, ethnicity, or body type is. It is a positive form of support that anyone can take part in! From experience, it definitely seems idols love the different forms of support that fans give from cosplaying, and are always impressed by cosplayers that go to their concerts and fan meets.

Kpop cosplaying has existed for a long time, but it wasn’t until recently that it has fallen into the lime light. In the last year, K-pop cosplaying has been met with a lot of cyber bullying. Many pictures have gone viral on Twitter depicting cosplayers being caught off guard, and spoken poorly about by many fans in the K-pop fan community. The topic of cyber bullying should never be taken lightly and needs to be addressed to the community, as well as many people in the world. Although people are keen to take their phones out and snap a picture of the person dressed up as one of their favorite idols without asking, many cosplayers are very open to taking pictures …all anyone has to do is ask. A simple “excuse me” would definitely suffice with any cosplayer! When a cosplayer is recognized and asked for a picture, it is one of the best feelings in the world to see all your hard work being recognized by another fan or even just a stranger!

Cyber bullying, not just in the K-pop community, has become more and more of an issue as time progresses. Haven’t you heard of the saying ‘”f you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” Cyber bullying is something no one should have to experience in their life, and we hope to see an end to this hate within our own community. Now, with all the negative social media posts and comments about cosplayers at KCON, it does bring up this question,

Why must you bring down these fans for doing something they love to support the same groups that you support?

What is your opinion on the topic? Have you experienced it before? Check out some of these passionate Kpop cosplayers below- isn’t it great to see them supporting Kpop AND cosplay. What are your thoughts on the subject? Let us know in the comments below!

Cr. Madison Bickel, fadingforests

Cr. Madison Bickel, fadingforests

Cr. @g_7gon

Cr. @g_7gon

Cr. Candiee Wish on AC Paradise

Cr. Candiee Wish on AC Paradise

Cr. Unknown, Via Twitter

Cr. Unknown, Via Twitter

Cr. Red-Cluster

Cr. Red-Cluster

Cr. Yeying Dynasty

Cr. Yeying Dynasty

Ceilidhmh is a dancing machine, but when she isn’t dancing to groups like VIXX, Boyfriend, BTS, EXO, or BAP (and basically every other group that exists) she is either watching a Korean drama, cosplaying, filming, studying for her college classes, and or creating fan art! Basically K-pop has taken over her life for many years… Although she loves boy groups the most, she finds herself falling for every K-pop group she comes in contact with and falls deeper and deeper every day.

Photos: As Credited (Featured Image by Kumo Milk)

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