An Open Letter to the New York Post

August 08, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

It is extremely rare that I feel a need to write a letter to the editor, in fact in my 32 years on this planet this is only the second time.  But I was recently directed to this article at the New York Post, claiming to be review of the upcoming SyFy series "Heroes of Cosplay."  What it appears to be is an uninformed and significantly biased (basically prejudiced) perspective on the world of costumed players of all sorts, including historical re-enactors, cosplayers, and seemingly anyone involved with them.

If you also feel like contacting them:
Letters to the Editor: letters@nypost.com
Television Editorial Contact: Mike Shain, mshain@nypost.com

Dear Mr. Shain, and other editors,

 

In the August 4th TV review by Linda Stasi titled “Syfy looks at world of make-believe reality in 'Heroes of Cosplay,’” Ms. Stasi takes a very uninformed and under-researched (if any research was done at all) approach to the world of Cosplay, showing what I believe to be ignorance of, and prejudice against, the people who have a passion for this art.  In fact, only a very small portion of this article appears to be a review of a television show at all, and even that part is extremely biased against the culture of the people it is about.

 

Although I personally am not a cosplayer, as a member of the organizational committee for a convention where costuming and cosplay are a significant part of the experience, I feel this was published in poor taste.  It seemingly alienates a large portion of the target audience, those who would be interested in the new series and are looking for a fair review of the show itself.  Also, having worked with a number of historic re-enactors over the years, referring to a Civil War re-enactors as people in “nutty Civil War costumes,” is downright insulting.

 

I am not a journalist or columnist, but I work in a customer service sector, and I know enough that if the first two lines of something I am writing are an insult, followed by admitting that I don’t know what I’m writing about, that I should stop and reconsider finishing that before I lose potential customers.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Thomas Mottl

 

Owner and Photographer

Aperture to Pixels Photography

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

 


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