Anonymous said: Hi! Um, so I have this little problem. With cosplaying. I want to cosplay France, but, I'm poor, I have acne that I have no idea how to get rid of, I'm a bit short, and have a very regulating family. Aside from that, there's always the fandom. Not only am I worried about being an idiot with all these amazing and well-known cosplayers, especially for that character, but I'm also afraid of France's fanon view. (You know, that whole rapist and overly perverted thing.) Do you have any advice?
Cosplay to have fun. I have seen plenty of Hetalia cosplays from people with similar circumstances as yours, including France. I never saw those things prevent them from having a good time, at least not at our Hetalia Day that I am aware of.
As for the “rapist/overly perverted” fanon view. Don’t do it. To any France cosplayers, don’t be like that. Whether or not someone may think the character is like that, it is inappropriate, especially for public gatherings, extra especially for public gatherings with MINORS around. It is a violation of other people’s personal space, makes everyone feel uncomfortable/embarrassed, and can likely gain you a bad reputation. If anyone pressures you to act in such a manner, kindly decline. If they’re upset that you don’t act like that, that’s their problem.
By the way, if anyone harasses you, either going too far with being “in character” or trying to get you to do those sort of things and won’t take no for an answer, etc, please report it. As someone who helps run Hetalia Day I would much rather know about such an incident and deal with it, than find out after the fact.