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Vaelniel_ your cosplay was absolutely beautiful and stunning!  I know it was your first attempt at cosplay and you nailed it. Just know you have the support of a full community behind you! DO NOT STOP COSPLAYING. Embrace this and show the bullies that you can cosplay whoever and whenever you chose. 

Recently a black cosplayer by the Twitter name Vaelniel_ went viral with her first ever cosplay of Nezuko from Demon Slayer.  Unfortunately, soon after the same non-inclusive narrative came across that people of color hate to hear (another cosplayer mamamiyacosplay had to deal with a similar incident earlier this year). Why is a black person cosplaying as a non black anime character? Well I will tell you why. Because we can and we do look damn good doing it!  Vaelniel_ account was bullied and harassed until she went private, which sparked the #blackcosplayerhere movement. 

Let’s take a look at what the words anime and cosplay even mean.  Anime (a style of JAPANESE film and television) and cosplay ( costume play, especially one from JAPANESE genres of manga and anime).  So in all honesty, the bullying from any non-POC  doesn’t even make sense and is never justified, especially since the source material is usually from a foreign culture. 

If you read my Blerdcon 2019 mega post, it was my introduction to the world of black cosplayers specifically. I never knew that it was so vast and excellent. The lovely group of @blackcrystalcosplay_ @kingkitsu @yakfrost @ladylunastar eloquently explained in graphic detail this same scenario from their own points of views how racist toxicity has affected them.  At this point we have gone to multiple differents cons, and the narrative from black cosplayers is always the same – “Hey look it’s a Black (insert characters name) and not that is a good looking (insert character name).”

The power of black twitter and the black cosplay community is striking back with the emergence of #blackcosplayerhere with many black cosplayers vowing to stir up the system by using more and more Japanese characters in there cosplays. Can this be the start of something big? Will this be the start of a united front started by blerds? Regardless if it is the start of a revolution, this has brought a lot of black cosplayers together to show solidarity and that they will not be silenced by bullying! 

Vaelniel_ your cosplay was absolutely beautiful and stunning!  I know it was your first attempt at cosplay and you nailed it. Just know you have the support of a full community behind you! DO NOT STOP COSPLAYING. Embrace this and show the bullies that you can cosplay whoever and whenever you chose. 

Jbreazy
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