You get the idea.
A. what are you doing with your life?
B. this is Missandei:
And I started thinking about race bending cosplays and whether or not it would even be appropriate for a white girl to cosplay a character that is a woman of color. On one hand you have the want to allow for open appreciation and enjoyment of characters and to encourage that expression, but on the other hand you have a longstanding history (and present) of people of color being dramatically underrepresented- and represented poorly when they are included- in popular culture. So, with that history in mind, does a white person cosplaying a minority character contribute to this history of whitewashing colored narratives?
To be clear, I firmly recognize that people of color race-bending characters is a different beast. For starters, to put that limitation on race-bending severely limits cosplay options for people of color because, as I mentioned, they are very seldom represented in pop culture. But even besides that, there is no racist exclusionary history of whites in popular culture for such race-bending to contribute to. Whites are not and cannot be harmed by white characters being race-bent because it will in no way whatsoever contribute to or reinforce any form of political/social oppression because whites do not and have not experienced political/social oppression. Make sense?
I should also probably mention that I don't actually have any intention of cosplaying as Missandei partly because of this question and also because I cannot afford to shop in the store I saw the dress in anyway.
But still. This question interests me. I'm looking for a bit of a discussion here, so tell me: what are your thoughts on whites race-bending colored characters? Is there an acceptable way to do it, or should it just be avoided as a whole?