Skimpy Outfit Gets Lollipop Chainsaw Cosplayer Asked To Leave PAX

Skimpy Outfit Gets Lollipop Chainsaw Cosplayer Asked To Leave PAX
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Word is that Jessica Nigri, a big-time cosplayer hired to portray the protagonist of Lollipop Chainsaw, was asked to leave PAX East yesterday. Why, you ask? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe that hot pink jumpsuit with a “neckline” plunging to her crotch has something to do with it.

She’s back today (here is Nigri, as Juliet Starling, at the Lollipop Chainsaw booth.) But Destructoid first reported that she was “asked to leave the show floor” until she had changed out of that pink outfit at right. But changing back to the Juliet Starling costume, at left — which she had worn all Friday with no issue — she was asked to change again or leave the show entirely.

Nigri’s Twitter feed does reference something like this. “Haha guys! I just had to tone down the costume!” she tweeted this morning.

Robert Khoo, the president of business development for Penny Arcade, verified to Kotaku that Nigri was asked to change, or leave, because expo staff had received plenty of complaints about her attire, or lack of it.

Khoo said expo staff “notified the WB booth on Friday of our concerns regarding the costumes, and although there was some confusion initially about which outfit was appropriate … they understood the situation.”

Penny Arcade has had a “no booth babe” policy at its expos, not wishing them to be known for models in skimpy clothes hawking products, as they do at other events in the video gaming industry. Two years ago, that policy was put to a vote of its community, which largely reaffirmed the idea.

Costumed representatives are required to know something about their product. There is to be “no messaging that specifically calls out body parts” and while “cosplayed characters are allowed to wear revealing outfits, assuming it is true to the source game” there is a ban on anything considered “partial nudity”. This policy still is in place, Khoo said.

“Although the policies regarding appropriate attire are clearly laid out in our exhibitor rules, there are times when edge cases like Lollipop Chainsaw, which technically is allowed since it’s the main character in the game, pop up,” Khoo told Kotaku. “For scenarios like that, we need to make a judgment call, and a big factor for this one was looking at the number of complaints we had received.”

“Ultimately the costume policy is designed to keep the show family friendly, as we see a good number of parents being their young children to the show,” Khoo said. “No one, including WB, wants to upset their fans, so I’m perfectly fine standing behind the decision and policy.”

Two Fun People Were Asked to Leave PAX East [Destructoid]

Comments

    • I object from the point of view of taste – it made from the point of view of taste, it’s a stupid outfit made of cheap-ass $5 a metre spotlight fabric, it’s exceptionally badly made, and the cut is totally unflattering.

      I could’ve made something just as revealing but way nicer, and worn it without looking like a drag-queen. :p

      • aaannnnnd I blame the fact that it’s still early afternoon and the lingering brain-haze from the magic sparkling pixie dust I inhaled at work last night for my bad grammar. Do’t do drugs, kids, even if they do keep you thin.

      • Of course m0sh’s big complaint with the suit isn’t the potentially offensive or revealing nature, but the quality of its material…

        But yes, I’ve seen better quality stuff at House of Fetish or Miss Burlesque.

    • This is why I dont goto expos anymore. They used to be filled with neckbeards, uber geeks and weaboos staring and drooling at scantily clad women while buying/getting free cool shit. Now its filled with kiddies, mums, hipsters and hollywood ‘stars’ that have no tie to the expo buying vapid rubbish.

    • My family was killed by a pair of boobs,
      We were out on a sunny afternoon picnic when a gang of boobs galloped over the hill and attacked. There was blood everywhere, I only survived because I was a rather tubby short flabby child that they may have confused with another boob.

      This is why I think they should be covered at all times.

    • My brother was killed in a drive-by boobout. The police said that it was the nosebleed that killed him, in the end.

  • whats the problem? It’s the same amount of skin tight fabric just positioned differently. Plus it’s implied nudity, which can be seen in just about every other form of media and is deemed ok. Just because it’s video games parents want to get up in arms with their “won’t someone think of the children and not the adult audience that this game is aimed at” blind stance

    • Haha by that logic if she placed skin tight clothing on her legs arms and stomach she got rock out with her crotch out and tits with no real issue. The point is clothing like that is meant to draw certain thoughts. Regardless of how much skins or isn’t exposed which is the issue mothers would have

  • Kent Brockman: Well, according to our audience insta-poll, 46% say “You’re too old”, and 37% say “She’s a skank!”.

  • Keeping it “family friendly”? I thought the average game, and game related goodies on show at PAX would be rated (M) from what seems to be on offer: The Secret World, Borderlands2, Max Payne 3, Mortal Kombat, Assassins Creed, Bioshock Infinite , Witcher 2, Tom Clancy kill stuff, Far Cry 3, oh and Lollipop Chainsaw the original offending issue just to name a few. Oh that’s right they contain violence so that’s fine for the kiddies.

    • It’s America.

      Violence is fine… it’s sex, Godlessness, homosexuality and bad language that are corrupting the kids these days.

  • I get that they have a no booth babe policy, but it seems like they could make an exception when someone is dressed as a game character (not that I find the character all that appealing either).

    • Inb4 “Read the article you stupid moose face” 😛

      “Although the policies regarding appropriate attire are clearly laid out in our exhibitor rules, there are times when edge cases like Lollipop Chainsaw, which technically is allowed since it’s the main character in the game, pop up,” Khoo told Kotaku. “For scenarios like that, we need to make a judgment call, and a big factor for this one was looking at the number of complaints we had received.”

  • I still believe it is a form of censorship, she obviously went to a lot of trouble to look that good. How about everyone just wears plain clothing to a convention which is apparently pro gaming. Seems very odd.

  • so ya know, showing off the human body is completely unacceptable, but all the violent video games they promote are ok? what kind of time do we live in where, violence is acceptable and sexuality is taboo.

    • I was just gonna say that.. Classic America. In fact, the same could be said for much of the English speaking world. So much sexual repression and body shame.

    • I’m the farthest person from a puritanical Helen Lovejoy, but I agree with PAX here. There are kids on the showroom at these events. The “sexuality corrupts kids!” argument is a topic for another day, but there are a thousand other venues to show your tits, and for the guys who really want to see boobs in real life, just go to a tittybar or peepshow.

      Reminds me of when I saw tourist parents dragging their families through red light districts and the kids are either gleeful or horrified. But those parents make the conscious decision to take their kids to a seedy area, they shouldn’t have to expect it at a videogame convention. As much as I disagree with it, I’d support a conservative parents’ right to shield their child from this sort of thing.

  • A lot of you guys seem to be missing the part where this isn’t an American thing. Other American Expos embrace this sort of stuff. It’s a PAX thing. They don’t want the typical boat show booth babes flooding the event.
    I don’t feel strongly either way, but I can understand why they’d be sick of companies just getting strippers to stand in their booths. Especially if they’re trying to bring in gamers from every corner.

    • She’s a professional cosplayer, if I remember correctly, which is effectively a booth babe by any other name, so I don’t understand the hate PAX is getting for this. Like you, Dogman, I have no strong feelings one way or the other (Tell my wife: “hello”), but I can completely understand all sides of this story.

  • I think it would have been fine if she wore a tshirt with the game character wearing a revealing outfit on it.

  • Wow, if it was like that at Comic Con I’d never bother going. It’s the people who complain about the costumes that need to be chucked out. Physically.

    • That’s hardly the main problem with going to SDCC. It’s virtually impossible to get tickets now without booking years in advance.

  • I can see where they’re coming from. She was being paid to dress like that and by extension it’s close to being a booth babe. I’m sure if she were there to show off her costume as an attendee that would be fine.

    I personally wouldn’t have ejected her because that’s some tasty eye candy. As the saying goes, if you’ve got it flaunt it.

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