Social Justice Warriors had a complete meltdown when professional Korean cosplayer Pion Kim, known for her ultra-realistic outfits dressed up as a Mexican hacker character from Blizzard Entertainment's game Overwatch.
According to Heat Street, Kim even donated her hair – because her head had to be shaved as part of the outfit – to charity. Despite her good intentions, she was accused of 'brown face' for using a subtle bronzer to darken her skin.
One user offended over the 'Sombra' cosplay wrote on Facebook, “Blackface is not ok. It is based off centuries of racism and enforces things like colorism. Why did you change your skintone for this cosplay?”
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Another wrote, “Ur a racist Pion Kim u are not Mexican u can cosplay anyone u want but as soon as u darken ur skin for a charcter cause she is Mexican it's brownface and u should be ashamed and pull the pictures do a reshoot with out that gross paint ! My Mexican color is not a costume.”
However, not all comments were negative. One Mexican user commented, “The Mexican comunity has your back. Not all the comunity, mind you, just the sane majority.”
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