Cosplay is a major part of conventions.
Cosplayers spend weeks or even months creating the perfect costume and convention goers spend half their time their time trying to get pictures of all the cosplayers they can find.
One of the best things about good cosplayers is how accurate their outfits are. Of course, when we’re talking about a girl dressed up as a video game character, that often means very revealing outfits. And let’s face it, that’s half the appeal of cosplay. It’s the geek equivalent of going to the beach.
However, while some conventions will let you get away with wearing practically nothing, others such as PAX East do have rules about that sort of thing.
So when professional cosplayer Jessica Nigri showed up dressed as Juliet Starling from Lollipop Chainsaw — in a pink spandex suit with a more than plunging “neck-line” — she was asked to either leave the show or change into something more appropriate.
After changing into another Lollipop Chainsaw costume she had apparently worn the day before, without any issue, she was asked to leave yet again.
When Kotaku asked about the situation, PAX director Robert Khoo said that even though there are policies about attire in the convention’s exhibitor rules, there are cases where judgment calls have to be made. In this case, the fact that Juliet Starling is the main character meant Jessica’s cosplaying at the booth was technically allowed.
However, they’d gotten so many complaints from attendees that something apparently had to be done.