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.
Owner and Photographer
Aperture to Pixels Photography
Pawtucket, Rhode Island