Alice Livanart, a French cosplay champion, has been accused of sporting blackface in a fancy dress that received her the France Cosplay Cup this previous September. The costume has been banned from the upcoming EuroCosplay finals after coming underneath fireplace for utilizing blackface.
The costume—of League of Legends character Pike—will be seen above.
“There is a huge difference between blackface and cosplay. I am not saying blackface doesn’t exist. I am saying Pyke isn’t blackface. I made Pyke with all the love I have for that character. He is amazing and I just wanted to be him, because I love him. And that’s cosplay. Pyke is a fictitious character, he doesn’t exist. The only reason he’s alive and walking is because there’s something magic in cosplay,” Livanart advised the BBC in response to the scandal.
Livanart claims that she’s obtained many messages of assist for the cosplay. “Some people wrote me messages that really touched me and helped me when I was down, when I was crying, because I didn’t understand what was happening. I still have so much support and love, also hate, of course, and now more people know me. I spent €3,000 ($3,310) on Pyke. I made so many sacrifices.”
There is certainly some debate within the feedback of EuroCosplay’s feedback about whether or not or not the cosplay qualifies as blackface. Some see the costume as a racist act; others see it as a trustworthy rendition of the character that is not a caricature and never supposed in a mocking method.
Said the EuroCosplay Championship in a statement posted to their Twitter account:
“We hear and appreciate all of your concerns regarding the costume of one of our finalists. We would like to confirm that this cosplay will not be appearing in the event, and we would like to apologise for any offence caused. We would like to also confirm that we are currently reviewing all of terms and conditions to make sure that this does not happen again.”
This hasn’t modified Livanart’s plan to cosplay because the character once more someday sooner or later.
“Yes, I am going to cosplay Pyke,” she stated. “I will not let him down, he’s like my baby. I worked too much on this cosplay for it to stay in the closet.”
The EuroCosplay Championship pits cosplay champions from numerous European nations towards each other to crown the last word face of the fannish artwork. They happen in London in late October.