Anonymous asked: have you had creepers at cons and what did you do/say
This is a great topic, I might have to do a video on it!
Yes, I’ve had my share of con creeps. It really takes a butt load of confidence to speak up in situations like this, and I know you will find it really develops your character, so speak up!
Tip 1: ask/look for the creeps name or badge number
Take note of the badge number/name of a person who is creepy towards you. Read up on your convention’s code of conduct. Know who/where to contact if you get harassed at a con and report the fuckers.
I was harassed at anime expo a few years ago. A convention goer ran up and screamed “YAY BOOBIES!” and started groping me in public.
YES THIS REALLY HAPPENED
I punched him (first time I’ve ever hit a human, btw) so hard he cried. No one stepped to help me. Everyone watched and I screamed at him, asking him why the fuck he thinks that was an okay thing to do.
I eventually got the attention of a convention worker and I reported his badge number to AX authorities. They said he’s banned for life…But we all know just how easy it is to sneak in to cons, so I doubt this really changed anything for him. :/
Tip 2: Point out the creepy
When in a big cosplay group, you can sometimes gather a HUGE crowd of photographers. Most (imho) are there to take cool pics, and a few others are trying to snap spank bank. For those creeps who try to sneak some creepy photo of you in a crowd, call them out.
This is a lesson I learned from my friend who works at a radio station for kids. This station does a ton of kid events, and sometimes these events attract pedos. To point out these people who are just there to watch the kids play, hosts will say over the speakers “hey everyone! just want to point out our big fan in the corner over there (points where creeper is), everyone say hello!”
this brings attention, and 100% of the time, these creepers leave after being put on blast and all eyes turn towards them.
Say something like “WOW this dude REALLY wants a up close photo, huh guys?” to a crowd when I see someone talking photos of me that make me feel uncomfortable. The photographer will be put in the spotlight and judged.
Tip 3: Just say no!
One of the hardest lessons I had to learn was just because I am dressed up, I do not have to pose for EVERY photo or video.
For photos, stay away from solo photos that are off con grounds or in hotel rooms. You want a private shoot with me in my cosplay? Cool, email me and I will tell you my day rates, and I will choose the location and time. If you want something that pro, then a con isn’t where you should be at anyway, son.
For videos, ask what they wish to speak to you about first. Ask for exact questions, don’t accept “we wanna talk about your costume”. This will help you minimize getting into situations where interviewers ask rude/invasive questions on the spot.
If they can’t give you exact questions, forget it. They aren’t professional enough for you anyway.
I recently asked if I could twerk in a video for someone, I flat out laughed in his face and said “That’s super shady, dude.”
These are just a few I can think of right now, I will make more in a video soon. I know this can take a lot of balls to confront someone, and I didn’t do this for a long time because I was so worried of hurting someone’s feelings or being thought of as a bitch for saying something. Ya know what? WHO CARES? Defend yourself, your character and your fun time at the convention. Don’t let those creepers get their way, you will only end up kicking yourself later for it.
We are not here for anyone’s pleasure but our own.
Love and moonlight
For some reason a bird speaking Japanese is mildly off putting.
> Literal translation
Bird:” ‘Uhm Hello, this is the Ono family.”
Bird: “What’s wrong?”
Owner: “Abe-chan, you’re a little too early. Once the phone’s picked up, then properly say hello.”
Bird: “Okay, understood.”
Owner: “Do you really understand? I’m counting on you. Hello, this is the Ono family residence in Gifu.”]
Bird: “Okay, I understand!”
Owner: “Got it.”
> That’s clearly some sort of Pokemon.