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I made the classic noob mistake of going to go look at these tweets and the replies from stans gave me a headache. Because yeah everyone who does this shit for the ISWV side is totally a KickVic plant, and this story is toooootally made up. 100%. It's too early in the day for a drink. Don't want to end up like Ricketyrackety himself after all.
a lot of the cosplayers around here (SG and MY) excuse yellowfacing, brownfacing, and blackfacing. i've seen them call diasporic asians snowflakes and thinskinned for being upset about yellowfacing, and that white people need to stop speaking for us asians in asia who aren't offended by yellowfacing etc etc (ignoring the fact that we're the majority race so obviously squinty eye jokes don't hurt us the way they hurt diasporic asians). also i know asian cosplayers who also do similar eye taping methods (though they're definitely not the majority; most cosplayers who use face tape normally use it to 'lift' the face and sharpen the jawline, but tbh it's all lumped under face taping in general here anyway) so they don't see the harm in a non-asian doing it.