The Inner Workings of a Sidelined Mind

So, for a while now, I’ve wanted to get into costuming. In some way, shape, or form, it’s been a curiosity of mine. Pirate costumes. Cosplay (Be it anime or video games). Theatre. But, due to financial constraints (and my own lack of self-motivation), I’ve never taken the time nor the effort to try it.

But these last few months, I’ve seen at least the cosplay community explode in this gigantic clusterfudge of blame, shaming, and witch hunting. How can you call yourself a community when all there is to show is finger pointing and animosity? Where is the togetherness, the camaraderie?

For a while, I thought I could deal. You know, it’s just humans being humans. Then, I stumbled across this little ditty: https://www.facebook.com/notes/stan-fenrir-oleary/the-last-of-cosplayers/10151988217193102

Now, this is just plan ridiculous. It’s borderline conspiracy theory! This is cosplay! It’s pretty cut-and-dry, don’t you think? If someone does something well, you’d think that they’d be allowed to reap the rewards of their efforts. Unfortunately, it’s not the case.

It’s things like this that make me hesitant to even attempt to engage in cosplay. But, I’m fortunate enough to know that there are still some good people out there who are willing to support cosplayers in what they do best.

Why can’t it be more like Renaissance Festivals, where we can all just drink beer and be merry?

Advertisements

Once a Ranger…

So, in recent events, there has been a heaping helping of talk about Power Rangers Super Megaforce, which, next year, will be the 20th Anniversary season. With all the hub-bub that’s been going about, I’ve been doing my best to try an keep up with the news and happenings regarding this topic.

logo

In reading all of the articles, statements, comments, and even tabloids (I’m looking at you, TMZ), I’ve realized one thing: The very series that I grew up with; the fans, if you can call some of them that;  they’re all incredibly different from what I thought they were almost twenty years ago. My God. Twenty years. Now that I think about it, it really has been that long.

A number of my favorite rangers aren’t returning, for various reasons. Some because of time constraints, others due to previous engagements, and others still because of either the fact that their current business/lifestyle practices are more than what had been offered or their previous relations with the production company were just that bad. I won’t go into specifics of who is or isn’t coming back, because that’s not what I’m focused on. What I’m focused on as of writing this sentence is the fanbase.

When I was a kid, all of my friends liked Power Rangers. We’d go around playing, fighting evil, playing some more, jabbering on…And we had this great thing going. It was a basis for a real sense of camaraderie. Nowadays, I still have friends who like Power Rangers, but with the advent of the Internet Age, I’ve realized that there are some who just don’t see it the way I do. A lot of these folks are angry, embittered even. They feel entitled to have things their way.

Example: Just about every former ranger has been pestered, confronted, and just plain harassed about whether they’d appear in this new season in some way, shape, or form. And a lot of them said, “No.” You want to know what happened next? A number of them became “Public Enemy Number 1.” Because these people thought that the actors had a duty to them to return for their fans.

Anyway, I just don’t see why going on this huge, gigantic witch hunt is necessary. These people have their own lives to live. One can’t simply, drop what they’re doing, ask off from work for a week, close their business or whatever, to fly halfway across the world and work five days, only to really get paid for two. It just doesn’t work that way. Not well, anyway.

I’ll end this rant for now, as I’ve got other matters to cover on this topic. But, I’ll stop being a downer for now.