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1UP’s “20 Worst Cosplayers” feature practices fat-shaming
[caption id="attachment_3483" align="alignleft" width="251" caption="What appears to be a white male is dressed in a Batman costume, carrying plastic shopping bags. He is larger than the real Batman, and his shirt is short enough that his covered belly is slightly exposed."][/caption] (Trigger Warning: Fatphobia & fatshaming) A gallery feature just went up on 1UP titled the "Worst Cosplay Ever Photo Gallery". For the record, their definition of 'worst' basically means 'fat'. Out of the 20 entries in the gallery, 8 were people who were fat. It apparently doesn't really matter how well made the costumes were, all that matters is that the cosplayer is the same weight as the actual pop culture character they're dressing as. Never mind the fact that most video game and comic icons have body types that are nearly impossible for humans to attain. For Christmas, I've decided that I want a gaming news site that covers all aspects of video game news and culture without being sexist, patronizing, racist, misogynistic, hateful, homophobic, or marginalizing in any fashion. Could that even be possible? Where is my Jezebel for gamers? Note: I use the word fat liberally here, because there is nothing inherently wrong with the word fat. It is a value-neutral descriptor. (Credit goes to Game Journalists are Incompetent Fuckwits Tumblr)