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Kayyybearxo hits back at racist criticisms of her cosplays

Published: 12/Apr/2019 23:39 Updated: 12/Apr/2019 23:41

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular cosplayer Kayyybearxo has gained wide appeal for both her faithful and risque takes on popular characters from anime and video games – but one of her costumes is making the rounds on social media for a negative reason.

Kayyybear put together a cosplay of Resident Evil 3’s Jill Valentine in late March, which earned her ample praise on Facebook and Twitter; however, Reddit was less than pleased with her work, with users posting a slew of negative comments about her race and costuming skills.

“She can’t cosplay [a] white character,” one user wrote of the cosplay. “She should stick to her African characters.”

Kayyybearxo, TwitterKayyybear created a faithful take on Resident Evil 3’s Jill Valentine – but some Reddit commenters saw the opportunity to spew racist vitriol at the cosplayer for her efforts.

“Some cosplays look incredible,” another said. “This one looks like it took 2 minutes.”

Kayyybear’s positive response to online harassment

Kayyybear took note of the harassment and created a collage of some of the more hateful comments about her cosplay, compiling them in a lengthy Facebook post where she admitted that many of her cosplays get locked on Reddit due to “extensive” racism.

Kayyybearxo, FacebookKayyybear’s cosplay incited hateful comments concerning her race and cosplaying skills, which she addressed in a touching Facebook post that encouraged other cosplayers of color to pursue their hobby despite potential backlash.
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“It’s a shitty feeling when another person that’s not black can post the same cosplay, in the same outfit, and be met with praise and compliments,” Kayyybear wrote. “However, my version is wrong and lazy (simply because of my skin color, NOT because it’s actually inaccurate).”

She went on to encourage other cosplayers of color to embrace their hobby despite potential backlash, prompting an abundance of fans to post their own cosplays and experiences in response to her story.

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Backlash from lewding Lifeline

This isn’t the first time Kayyybear has hit back at online harassment, either; the cosplayer lashed out at critics angered over her risque take on Apex Legends’ Lifeline in early March, who accused her of merely “lewding” the character for money on Patreon, among other insults.

Kayyybearxo, TwitterKayyybear’s lewd take on Apex Legends’ Lifeline saw backlash from a few angry fans, prompting her to speak out on the issue in a series of pointed Tweets.

“People always complain when I post lewds, saying, ‘This isn’t even cosplay anymore,’” Kayyybear Tweeted of the issue. “Just for the record, I do the full cosplay of a character every time I do a lewd version.”

Despite the hate, Kayyybear’s Lifeline costume earned her praise across the internet, with even Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella giving kudos to the cosplayer for her impressive likeness to the character.

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Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.

 

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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.

 

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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.

 

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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.