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:
Nigri was not kicked out. Just asked her to change or put a hoodie on. So there’s my response to the two pax “controversies”
— cwgabriel (@cwgabriel) April 9, 2012
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?