Here are some questions that are safe and respectful:
1.) Ask the cosplayer how she or he put her or his costume and props together.
Why: Because it provides insight into the cosplayer’s creativity for others to learn from.
2.) Ask what character the cosplayer is dressed as and what made her or him choose that character.
Why: Not as an insult, but to help them promote their favorite character to those who genuinely do not know.
3.) How many conventions do they go to in a year or how many times they have been to [X]-con?
Why: This can open the interview to more questions, depending on the cosplayer’s answer.
4.) Do their friends and family know they cosplay?
Why: Many cosplayers face a social stigma. Other cosplayers can take heart in stories of accepting families or feel camaraderie in sharing a secret passion for cosplay.
5.) Can they share a line from the game/anime/show/song/etc. that they are cosplaying from?
Why: Some viewers may not have heard of the anime/game/etc. that they are cosplaying. This is a great way to attract more interest or attention to that show.
6.) Outside of this geeky/nerdy world, what do they do?
Why: This lets others gain an insight into the average life of a cosplayer and also allows the cosplayer to promote themselves.
1.) “This character is smoking hot, but it doesn’t seem to fit you.”
What’s Wrong With It: I mean, this isn’t even a question! It’s a rude statement that is unwelcome.
2.) “Do you wear your costumes in the bedroom/Do you do it in your costumes with your boyfriend/girlfriend?”
What’s Wrong With It: Unless you’re with Playboy mag or some similar publication where those sorts of questions are expected, or are at least appropriate within context, it’s just not right. Dressing up does not open you to sexual harassment or force you to have to share personal information.
3.) “If I say (line from the game/anime etc) would it seduce you or (enter sexual innuendo here)?”
What’s Wrong With It: This actually happened to me once, some guy who was interviewing me on camera said, “If I said my name is Link, would you ride me and make weird noises…” I was cosplaying as Midna…from LoZ: Twilight Princess…I found the video on Youtube at some point, but they didn’t use the clip of him saying that. Cosplayers are PEOPLE, not sex toys.
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