I don't lurk here very often, but I just wanted to know if there's like a "too soon" kind of unspoken rule about cosplay.
Would it be rude to Cosplay as Snape at any upcoming events, as an homage to his passing?
My personal opinion is that cosplaying the character is fine, since you're cosplaying the fictional person and not the actor who played him in a movie. Cosplaying the actor or making note of his death is not fine. So Snape is good, but Snape in a halo is bad.
Fucking God, only 14 days into 2016 and it's already been horrible.
It wouldn't be bad at all to cosplay Snape, so long as you're respectful and not something like a Tits-McGee genderbent version.
I'm never one to condone gender bending, but I don't see how tits!Snape is so disrespectful. First of all, it's not "his character", it's a character from a book that he played in the movie adaption. Second, cosplaying is always attentionwhoring even without tits, whether people want to admit it or not.
I think it's more people doing it to capitalize on the timing to get more attention for themselves.
>person cosplaying Jareth from the Labyrinth gets nostalgia but otherwise ignored for popular series
>person cosplaying Jareth from the Labyrinth right after Bowie's death gets flocked to because suddenly even people who never saw the film recognize them because of the publicity of his passing
Not saying it's rude to cosplay a character just because the actor who played said character just died, it's that you shouldn't do it solely to capitalize on the attention you'd get from it or cosplay it in a way like someone else mentioned, like with a halo or wings or even RIP written somewhere.
So yeah, cosplay it if you truly appreciate the character. Don't do it if you're just looking to use it just for attention or you're trying to turn yourself into some kind of walking memorial for the actor.
Different anon, but tits!characters are a more obvious kind of attention whoring than normal cosplay because the cosplayer clearly didn't pick the costume out of a desire to lovingly portray the character - they picked something that they knew would grab attention. Suddenly deciding to cosplay tits!Snape a few weeks after Alan Rickman's death would mean they picked the costume BECAUSE his death is in the news and on everyone's mind, thus they'll get more attention. Which as other people pointed out is petty.
HP is probably the fandom you're gonna get the least attention in for sexy genderbends, though. If we're gonna discuss potentially tactless Snape cosplay, we should focus on the inevitable flood of awful yaoi photoshoots that will no doubt be coming. Not saying yaoi shoots can't be done well, but it's the HP cosplayers we're talking about here.
I just need to point out how peculiar it is that two of the most beloved British men of all time with overlapping fanbases died three days apart at the exact same age both from cancer.
>I think it's more people doing it to capitalize on the timing to get more attention for themselves.
but how do you tell the difference between people doing that, and people who have renewed/newfound interest in something because the person's death drew attention to it?
I only watched Labyrinth for the first time this Wednesday, and my film club would have shown something else if he hadn't died.
hopefully this will lead to a lot of cancer research donations. gotta find a positive somewhere.
Fairly easy, actually.
The person who's doing it because of renewed/newfound interest will spend the time to make the best costume they can.
The person doing it just to capitalize off the death in order to get more attention for themselves will be the first ones to toss together a costume and do a 'memorial photoshoot' or go to the next convention possible and probably wear their rushed/closet cosplay all weekend just to get as many comments/photos as they can, probably with a tacky RIP or "inspirational quote" sign.
It's the same with bandwagoners over the newest meme/fandom.