My kid really wants a secret photo of you!
Posted by CosPlayer on May 28, 2021 8:38 AM
I’m an avid convention goer. I’ve been going for the better part of the past decade, and cosplaying for half of those. I’ve gotten my fair share of weird looks and catcalls, but this one took the cake.
The past few cons I’ve been more emboldened to be vocal against people trying to snap a ‘sneaky’ picture of me, either with no-ill intent or the dreaded up skirting. I’m not a fan of either, and it’s pretty common now to see signs around conventions that specifically call-out this behaviour as bad etiquette.
I was dressed as Cammy from Street Fighter, if anyone is familiar with her, you’ll know it’s quite a cold outfit.
I was walking along the hallway of one of the exhibition centres, in between watching panels and noticed a man and child following me. I just assumed they were going the same way as me initially, but they were so close behind me and something just felt off. The child in this situation was probably around age 7, and I want to say now completely innocent in this situation. I started slowing down hoping they’d leave me alone, but they did too. Soon enough he pulls out his phone and starts fiddling around, clearly trying to take a photo of my back. I stopped walking when he started snapping and turned my back to the wall so he couldn’t see. He kept taking pictures but now it was less focused on my behind.
I called him out on this and I’m paraphrasing but it went something like:
“Hey, you should ask before taking photos, I could pose instead. It would make a better photo”
“You wouldn’t stop for me”
“Have you even asked me?”
“No, I know you’re type you wouldn’t even give me the time of day. Besides, you’re my sons’ favourite character”
The kid was looking at his father blankly, I don’t think he even knew who Cammy was.
“Either way, you need to ask permission first. Didn’t you see the signs?”
“This is a public space I can take as many photos as I want”
“Well then you won’t mind if I notify con security?”
He then rolls his eyes and wanders off
I did end up finding security and gave a description of him, there was later an announcement on the conventions Instagram that he had be banned from all their future events, and apparently was a repeat offender. Small wins!