Topic started by gia on March 13, 2010. Last post by John_Martone 5 years ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Apparently the Daily Beast, a web-based entertainment mag focusing on various pop culture features, posted an article declaring the "craziest cities" in the United States (mostly in a relatively positive light, although the factors involved psychiatrists per capita as well as "eccentricity"). Seattle, Washington ranked #19 and a blogger at Seattle Metropolitan Magazine blogged about their ranking. And how did they choose to depict "crazy"?

 Naruto cosplayers: Crazy, and Drunk?
 Naruto cosplayers: Crazy, and Drunk?
If you guessed "a picture of Naruto cosplayers goofing around at Sakura-Con," you win the big prize! (It's extra-funny because the blog's focus is on drinking, and the post talks about Seattle's ranking as a boozy city, and I'm pretty sure those Naruto cosplayers are NOT legal drinking age. Or drunk.)
For the record, I have no problem with the depiction of cosplay as "fun-crazy"-- the photos on the original Daily Beast are almost invariably of wild and crazy people at wild and crazy parties and usually in wild and crazy outfits.

No, my complaint is the suggestion that somehow cosplay is representative of Seattle's own unique craziness, as opposed to something that goes on in pretty much every state in America (not to mention abroad). So, without further ado: 

Dear Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 
Cosplay is NOT, in fact, something uniquely Seattleish, much less NARUTO cosplay-- hell, I've seen hobos in Portland wear Naruto headbands! Come on. I'll be honest: I like Seattle's Sakura-Con, but it's not usually where I see the really crazy cosplay. And it's DEFINITELY not where I see the craziest and most chaotic anime fans. (That's a compliment to Sakura's staff, by the way.) 
Perhaps instead of using a picture of young cosplayers to depict Seattle's craziness, you should replace it with pictures of the traffic that flows into Seattle on I-5 on a Friday night. Now THAT is crazy. 

 Pretty ironic that this would come up the week we post the "cosplay" 3-Minute Expert. What say you folks?
Post by ThePsychoGamer (1,835 posts) See mini bio Level 10
You dare question the insanity of my hometown (more or less). I have you know that we are so bat**** crazy we need a starbucks on every road, hell we're psychotic enough to buy coffee from starbucks, let's see Pittsburgh beat that.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@ThePsychoGamer: Who's questioning the craziness? I'm questioning that the crazy is best represented by some Naruto cosplayers =P 
As a former damn Portlander myself, I'm familiar with Seattle's brand of crazy, which is pretty good-quality stuff, if slightly inferior to PDX's :D
Post by JJOR64 (2,074 posts) See mini bio Level 16
I wont lie, that's pretty funny.  Hopefully they will learn their lesson from you gia.   :P
Post by BobCat (95 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I have not seen a decent Shinobu Maehara cosplay.  Period.    It is seriously hard to find like finding an honest politician :)
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,654 posts) See mini bio Level 25
If none of the drunk ones were a Rock Lee, then they fail at cosplaying.
Sometimes you almost have to be weary of the kind of people who dress up as your characters. Last thing I think a manga creator wants is to see some guy in the newspaper dressed up like Luffy being dragged away in handcuffs for some nasty crime.
Post by John_Martone (2,992 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Did you send the paper that?
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