uhm basically right after they made everyone leave the con center, we stood outside the doors and a short black man with scars all over his face and like crack teeth but a very nice camera approached me and was like
"can i get a picture lady"
he made me feel uneasy so i told him “now is not a good time, i am not up for a photo but thank you”
and he immediately starts snapping nonstop pictures so i cover myself with my bag and hid behind my friends and he actively followed me chasing me with his camera yelling things like “you here arent you. you need to give me your picture. dont play a photographer like that” etc etc we tell him frantically “stop, delete those, stop taking pictures” and he doesnt stop taking picture after picture of me while i am running behind my friends
we were forced to actually run away from him
while he chased us with his camera
and we made it to the sheraton but i was shaking so hard and having a mild panic attack
he didnt seem like he was part of the convention, he was just a passerby or he came specifically to take pictures of people but he seemed almost homeless except for his expensive looking nikon camera
i was scared that if we stayed he would have gotten violent with me
and the worst thing was that he knew to ask for permission to photograph
but then i said no politely and he decided he didnt need permission
so he wasnt just ignorant of candid photos, he knew the common courtesy of asking he just did not care about my permission after i said no
i was so scared he was going to attack me violently
Ugh I can’t believe that happened.Actually, yes I can.
This reminded me of when I was walking from my hotel to get to the convention center as Pinkie Pie and I got yelled at about how cute I was from a bunch of guys in a bus. I had my stop sign so I just held it up to them, which I think might have stopped them. But it was nothing compared to this. It’s impossible for every cosplayer to carry around a stop sign to tell people to stop it.
What a skeeze. HE deserves getting that camera thrown into the street if that was going to be how he acted. I hate the assumption that people’s opinions are not needed if they’re not dressed up in “normal clothing”. “Oh you’re all dressed up. That means what you want doesn’t matter if it’s not in line with mine”. It’s just so childish and stupid.
COSPLAY Is NOT Consent. We need giant posters in every con saying this because SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST SO DISRESPECTFUL THAT WE NEED GIANT SIGNS TO REMIND EVERYONE THIS.