Skimpy Cosplay Outfit Deemed Inappropriate for PAX, Despite Being In Game

Cosplayer Jessica Nigri, hired to portray the protagonist of the upcoming console title Lollipop Chainsaw, was asked to change out of her outfit at PAX East this weekend into something that revealed less skin, with divergent reports alleging that she may have been threatened with being thrown out of the event.

On Saturday, Nigri wore the pink outfit depicted above (center), which, after several alleged complaints, spurred PAX officials to ask her to change outfit. However, when she complied and returned to her Friday outfit (left), she was asked to change yet again.

Mike “Gabe” Krahulik affirmed via Twitter that the cosplayer was not banned:

Both the Friday and Saturday outfits were accurate to the game — so why would a cosplayer be banned from dressing up as the main character in a title featured at PAX?

Robert Khoo, the president of business development for Penny Arcade, spoke to Kotaku to clear the air:

“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. 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.”

Were the PAX reps justified in asking Nigri to change?

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8 Comments on Skimpy Cosplay Outfit Deemed Inappropriate for PAX, Despite Being In Game


On April 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Why didn’t they remove all of the media, images, videos, cardboard cut-outs and other Lollipop Chainsaw related things? Is the Lara Croft costume going to be turned now too?


On April 9, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Seriously, the day people start making scantily clad ladies dressing up like video game characters change their clothes is the day that nerds everywhere cry out with one voice, “Nooooo!!!”

I seriously doubt that a convention full of gamers (mainly males) would be at all offended by those costumes. Perhaps the convention was held next to an old folks home or perhaps a shuffleboard field.

While the center one might be considered racy or too revealing (only when not compared with the actual video game character) there’s no way in heck the left one is at all too revealing.

This is completely unacceptable. If we can’t have half-naked ladies hanging out with sweaty nerds, what is this world coming to?


On April 9, 2012 at 7:40 pm

wow she’s hot

Tim Fads

On April 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Only video game characters are allowed to look mad sexy there. Real people looking mad sexy end up distracting gamers and have them paying attention to something other than the mad sexy game.

Really it would be the people who are complaining that are at fault. I mean if the ending to ME3 should be changed (and it should) because enough people (90% of fanbase) said it wasn’t up to snuff, than you have to say that enough complaints at a Con should force the reps to address what the complaints are about. In this case, while the young lady did nothing at all wrong (she dressed up in outfits that completely fit the game), she should have to change since there is a enough backlash against her dressing up as would be fitting for this character.

I will be dropping by Lollipop Chainsaw at PAX Prime this year (assuming they are giving away awesome-ass foam chainsaw again) and have no plans to complain about how young Nigri is dressed, but might pack a sweater or jacket for her if she needs one due to others complaining. (Although there is nothing at all wrong with that third black outfit she is wearing).


On April 10, 2012 at 1:10 am


Stories like this make me really sad, those people need to get laid and relax.


On April 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

Wow. Go Jessica!

So the middle costume may have been borderline too much, but the others, no way. I’d be willing to bet the complaints were based on JEALOUSY and that if she wasn’t so attractive and fit that no one would have really cared.

It’s a sad world we live in when you have to knock others down to feel good about yourself.


On April 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

There is no such thing as bad exposure!


On April 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I was at PAX East, and there were a lot of families and little kids there…so I can see some complaints there, but the outfits on the left and right don’t seem that bad.