899Re: the costume contest
- May 2, 2007I don't know if the judges were biased, but the presenter did appear
to be. I don't think he was demeaning to anyone but a bit rude to the
females. I don't think this was malice, just trying to be funny. It
was not really funny though.
As to the performances, I don't know where a line should be drawn. It
was enjoyable to see cobra Commander screaming and very funny too,
but things can get too drawn out like some of the group displays.
I think the MC should say their names and stay out of it. I think the
contestants should not really perfom (sadly too because most of it
was great fun!).
Otherwise I don't know that the judges did not recognize the
characters, the MC might not have.
I really don't think the acting had anything to do with the
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "ja_glinka" <ja_glinka@...>
> > I totally agree, for the most part he's completely out of line,
> he seems a little biased too.comments,
> A little bit biased? The man made several demeaning, sexist
> as well as _upstaging_ several performances. A host shouldimprovise
> with rather than against the featured player, restraining his ego.He
> made many underhanded jabs, and toward the end of the "contest" youon
> could see the hangdog attitude developing among the players. The
> judges were buddies with the same aesthetic, which _always_ creates
> an unbalanced panel. They didn't recognize many of the characters,
> couldn't pronounce their names and if they can't do even that, how
> earth could they be judging the accuracy of the costumes orat
> Moreover, how does acting ability determine costume craftsmanship?
> The two have no bearing on each other. It also put cosplayers using
> characters that couldn't clown around, and still be in-character,
> an enormous disadvantage. It would have been more honest toadvertise
> the contest as "Character" rather than "Costume", but that's theircall
> business. Still, I think it would be handled better by separating:
> judging of costumes on technical aspects like accuracy, complexity,
> refinement and whether or not it was bought pre-fab, and character
> sketches. Or handle the thing like Wizard World does and simply
> it a photo-shoot.
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