Oh my god if you’re going to judge someone’s cosplay you better learn your fucking shit because this is Duela Dent you goddamn assholes.
Perpetually laughing over the fact that “real gamer/comic book nerd” males keep insulting women for cosplaying things they’ve never even heard of
who’s the “fake geek” now, fuckers?
Make it viral
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME ICE FOR THAT BURN MEME-MAKER
I love seeing this pop up in my feed every once and a while, because not only did whoever made the original picture not recognize a canon character that’s been around longer than I’ve been alive (Duela Dent first appeared as Joker’s Daughter in 1976, eight years before I was born), but you know what? Even if this weren’t a long-established character, whoever made this was, in their belief that this was a made-up costume, dissing on creativity and nerdiness in general.
They took an incredibly well-made costume (seriously, that is a top-notch costume), and criticized it for looking steampunk (without offering any reason this would be a terrible thing), for being gender-swapped (“OMG u kant b that ur a gurl!”), and referred to a very common style of hat (especially common in everything from cosplays of established characters to generic steampunk) as a “Willy Wonka hat” (that’s another fail, right there, on the “knowing your shit” field).
So even in their intended purpose, they have revealed themselves as a sad hybrid of idiot and douchebag, frowning upon anything that does not fit their established parameters of How Things Should Be™ and, I guess, how people should cosplay (personally, I welcome more diversity in cosplaying, because otherwise we’d just wind up with 700 Spider-Men, 1,100 Darth Vaders, 5,000 Batmen, and a handful of Wonder Women who would be ogled and mocked until they left, because people like the aforementioned idiot/douchebag hybrid can’t handle women horning in on their unwashed mancave).
So you already have several levels of fail even before we arrive at the fact that the entire basis for the criticism was completely, entirely, outright hilariously wrong. Which is just icing on the cake, really, but establishes firmly a point I’ve made since all the “fake geek girl” bullshit really started exploding.
That point? If you need to know this or that bit of specific trivia, I and most guys I know would utterly fail at being “real” geeks/nerds. Throughout my life, the nerdiest friends, the ones who remember every obscure Lord of the Rings detail, make their own costumes, memorize Elvish and Klingon, make fan art for tumblr, and have rooms filled with geeky/nerdy paraphernalia (including books/comics/statues/posters/official companions/DVD box sets/first editions of damn near everything)…they’re all women. I know some pretty nerdy/geeky guys, and I am one myself, but we pale in comparison to the very, very real geek girls. They put us to shame. They know their shit, and if we’re going to say that nerddom/geekdom in general has to have gatekeepers to assure that only the nerdiest of nerds are accepted? Sorry, boys, but the ladies are the gatekeepers. Because we’ve got nothing on them.
I award the critic no points, and the Duela Dent cosplayer all the points (because, again, that is a seriously badass costume, whether you recognize Duela Dent or not).