i’m not mexican, so i can’t fully speak on this.
i was definitely thinking of the people who have 0 connexion to the culture and think ‘well it’s pretty so i wanna do the thing’ with no regard for cultural sensitivity.
honestly? maybe wonder why you’re cosplaying la muerte? like, i’ve already seen cheap as hell costumes for the character at hot topic.
and remember that santa muerte is a folk saint.
remember that this isn’t just a character in a movie and that her design and existence within the canon of the film is based on deeply significant traditions, practises, and culture. she’s more than just a beautifully designed character.
i’m making this public so that any mexican/xicano(a) followers chime in and smack my hands away from the keyboard if i’ve overstepped my boundaries.
Well I’m not mexican either, and while I do absolutely feel that her outfit and overall character design is visually appealing and that’s mainly the reason I want to make it, I’m not disregarding the importance of her existence. I know what she embodies, the symbolisms, the culture… anyone can take a few minutes to do some research to understand even a little bit.
I’m not doing anything to disrespect the culture, I fully respect it. But I also believe that her movie design is beautiful and I’d like to see if I can recreate it. I don’t see how that’s wrong.
That’s what we cosplay for. To be or to dress as someone/something we’re not, because we either connect with that character/thing or we just think it’s pretty and being the crafty people we are, we just want to make it.
There’s nothing harmful about it.
Until someone sexualizes it, that should really be your worry when it comes to cosplay… Because THAT’S disrespect to the character/figure.
I’m Mexican and I’m still not sure how I feel about all this. Something about it makes me uncomfortable but I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Welp, sorry. I ain’t stopping now. I’ve spent too much time and money on it to NOT do it.
I’ve had at least 4 of my mexican followers support me on this, so long as I paid close attention to detail, which I am being very careful with, so I’m taking that as an O.K.
I think that’s pretty dumb; cosplay whatever you want. If we used that logic, then nobody would cosplay Japanese anime., I dont understand why it changes when it is another type of POC.
If it helps any, although I am not Mexican, I am Nicaraguan. so I don’t know if that would count.
1. The first character I first fell in love with
Black Cuervo/ Zoe Avez — Loved her the moment I saw her. Plus, her voice actress plays Dexters from Dexters’ Lab (well, his second voice actress)
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
Django of the Dead — He only appeared in one episode, but I loved him immediately! Also, his voice actor is the same as Jack from Xiaolin Showdown!
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
Dr. Chipotle Jr — Voiced by the guy who does Billy from Grim Adventures, but I just think he’s super cute!
3. The character everyone else loves that I don’t
Manny Rivera — Sometimes he is annoying, but he is still funny
5. The character I used to love but don’t any longer
Frida Suarez — I still like her, just not as much as I used to!
6. The character I would totally smooch
Dr. Chipotle Jr (again!)
7. The character I’d want to be like
Zoe Avez! Vendetta!
8. The character I’d slap
9. A pairing that I love
Django x Black Cuervo for life! (I also don’t mind Black Cuervo/Dr. Chopotle Jr thanks to Cjzilla. Plus, I kinda like Django/Frida a teensy bit!)
10. A pairing that I despise
Django/Manny and Django/Dr. Chipotle Jr
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