Cosplayer Booted From Game Convention Highlights Hypocrisy of Industry
By Alex Cranz
PAX and PAX East are the major video game conference arm of Penny Arcade, a webcomic that started out fun, then made a joke about rape and when given the chance to apologize and be graceful turned into the dickwolves they like to write about.
People really love PAX though. If you’re a video gamer and you can’t get into E3 you want to be at PAX (held in Seattle in the summer) or PAX East (held in Boston in the spring). Video game developers show off their latest games and make fairly major announcements at PAX and gamers feel like they’re a part of something special and they’re also surrounded by tons of other fans.
One such fan is Jessica Nigri. She has the fortune of being built just like a video game character and because of this and some fantastic sewing skills she was hired to act as the human avatar of the upcoming game Lollipop Chainsaw.
This naturally involved dressing like the character and because it’s a video game in this day in age that means she had to walk around Boston in April dressed like this:
Only PAX East officials were not okay with her outfit. See PAX East is a family friendly affair. Anyone who buys a ticket can get in and they want to make sure that little kids aren’t horrified by what their older gaming brethren are actually into.
That’s why PAX East actually goes out of its way to discourage video game companies from employing “booth babes,” hot chicks who hang around booths hoping to lure in neck beards and mouth breathers who get a rise talking to a woman in a bikini whose knowledge of video games is usually limited to whatever info was on the index card they gave her along with her thong bikini. And honestly, I’m okay with discouraging the use of booth babes. It’s REALLY awkward when I’m in a building that’s like sixty degrees Farenheit and I’m trying to learn about a game for an article and all I can really think about is how damn cold the woman in butt floss next to me must feel.
Also, you know, booth babes are maybe worse than porn when it comes to encouraging the objectification of women.
But here’s where I have to do a double take. Nigiri’s outfit was allegedly too revealing for PAX and she was asked to change. The second outfit was also apparently too revealing and they suggested she throw on a sweatshirt or get the fuck out.
Because of the children.
Who could still go into the booth for the game she was hired to promote and see plenty of pictures of the character dressed in the exact same clothes.
So how exactly are they protecting the children?
I mean, if you were really worried about the children maybe refuse to allow certain games to have booths at PAX? Wouldn’t that be more useful than telling a woman to put a sweatshirt on?
I don’t know, I’m just a lame ass blogger who’s giving some major side eye to what looks like a whole mess of hypocrisy.