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I know it would really hurt my feelings if I worked my tail off preparing a skit or other performance, and before I'm allowed to go on stage I'm told that no, it's not funny so all I can do is walk on. How long before that turns into 'your costume isn't very good, so you have to go sit down now'?
I realise there are some weird "skits" that leave the audience going O_O; but that doesn't mean the people performing them didn't work really hard. For instance, I made an amv for the contest that I thought was REALLY good and worked SUPER hard but it didn't make it in. It hurt, but I understand it needs work and that they can't show everyones amv. But, I'm 20. I'm a big girl. Imagine being like...12 or something and working for weeks on your costume and putting a little show on with your friends and then having to go through an audition process and being told it's not good enough. Who do you think you are to say it doesn't matter? Cosplay is supposed to be fun to do and to watch, and that would cause tears. BOOO TEARS! If you think it's annoying when people leave, lead by example and stick around to show your support. Let's all cheer on our cosplayers this year guys! Woooo!
I'm not saying that [the] cosplay is perfect...I just think it's supposed to be fun for everyone, and most of the time, it is fun to watch. To dwell on maybe a few skits that were subpar is...well...a mighty shame.
Just because someone's skit isn't amazing or their costumes are perfect doesnt mean they have any less right to participate. [...] Freedom of speech, is a right, not a privilege. Some of us express that in art, song, and writing, others through cosplay. Why can't you all just be happy instead of complaining all the time? I don't understand why you all are turning into people who have forgotten the real meaning of cosplay. It's something so simple and so pure, yet you guys would rather everything be reviewed and only the best be allowed to show the world it. It's to have fun doing something you love.I was a little bewildered reading these comments. Sure, there should be as much fun as possible involved at every turn for an event like this. I pointed out in the thread itself, though, that this isn't just a "WHEE! LET'S HAVE FUN WILLY-NILLY! WAHOO!" event for the cosplayers, but also a show meant to entertain a large audience. To say that the poorly-constructed and/or badly improvised skits should not only be allowed, but encouraged for the sake of keeping all the cosplayers happy and having fun - at the expense of a large audience's overall enjoyment of the event - just struck me as not entirely right. I don't know, though. And of course, nobody responded to me very satisfactorily on that point.
I personally love the random skits of people trying their best! more so than the ones where every single little detail is planned out, the random ones are generally more fun and spontaneous.