The controversy du jour in the geek community is the cosplay shirt Hot Topic was selling, and subsequently pulled.
The shirt in question.
Honestly, I don’t see what the big deal is. I’m not a cosplayer, or even really a costumer, so maybe that’s why I’m not offended. (Plus, I don’t really take anything Hot Topic does seriously.) I also have a tendency to be overly optimist. So when I read “Do it right or not at all” I don’t read it as a “you better have everything right or else.” I think “doing it right” means doing it with passion. Which really, I don’t think there’s much of another way to cosplay.
Cosplay or costuming often takes lots of planning, money, and time. I mean sure, you can throw together something like my Hermione costume pretty easily. But even then, you have to really like a character to be into dressing up like them. And even if it’s an easy costume, it still takes planning. Which is why I don’t often cosplay. I’d actually love to have this shirt to wear to conventions in an ironic sort of way. “Right or not at all” while I’m not in costume (implying I wouldn’t have done it right), would be funny to me.
What about you? Do you think this shirt super controversial? Is it another example of a major corporation “not getting it?”