In case you were wondering why I didn’t like companies that ran like/vote based cosplay contests, this is why. The above is it.
do not give a fuck
or the cosplay community.
They care about money.
This is specifically why I only entered into Otaku House once, why I barely vote for these contests, and why I don’t participate in like/based contests anymore.
The idea is this:
- Post a cosplay contest that gives away awesome prizes cosplayers of novice level could really use
- People will participate simply because the extra publicity draws more attention to their own pages (And there is nothing wrong with wanting to be popular in cosplay, and I’m leaving that part of the conversation at that.)
- People will share their image or their post in order to garter more likes. Their friends, their family, their followers, random strangers, ect.
- Their friends will share the post in order to garter more likes. Their friends, their family, their followers, random strangers, ect.
- A like is a nice boost to a facebook page’s social score
- A visit to a page to vote is a great boost to search scores
- A share is a great boost to a facebook page’s social score
- A post about a website on your social media account is a great boost to search scores
- Look, you essentially just got free advertising by promising these starlit cosplayers free shit
- Their ranking and their sales go up, and they profit, for free
- You did all the work for them
If you think this is abnormal on facebook? It’s not. Thousands of scammers post bogus pages in which they use fake contests and shares like ‘we have free macbooks!’ ‘vote for this thing!’ in order to rack up likes, and then sell the Facebook page to someone looking to start up with quick followers.
When I ran the Cosplay Shinkou cosplay contest initially at it’s startup, I had to fight tooth and nail to have it judged like a normal contest because I didn’t want the company to look like these sort of asshats. Constantly I was being pressured to turn the contest into a like contest so more people would visit our page and get likes out of it. To make sure the most popular who can get our page the most attention wins. That only popular people get on the cover so that their fans buy our magazine. From the CEO’s point of view, it had fucking nothing to do with the cosplayers, just making money.
And that, ladies and gentleman, is the problem with businesses getting our attention as cosplayers. We’re easily abused with our dream of fame and free stuff and having our cosplay recognized in order to stir the social pot and bring back the attention to them. That is why they don’t care if they offend us with something stupid like the above, because we’ve already proven to them that no matter what, they’ll get abagillion contestants anyway wanting to win.
So if you really want to support a cosplayer?
- Like their page and follow their stuff
- Support them by leaving them nice commentary on their cosplays about what you liked about them or how good they look as that character
- Share that person to your friends and family directly
- A like is just a button click, and you should remember this
Don’t support a company that will give a fuck you to types of cosplayers that shame them and are unapologetic about them.
Go team house on fire.
For those who may not have caught up, Otaku House has finally released an apology for the post and their theory on how or why they were hacked.