Sadly, after many fan conventions, cosplayer pictorials surface blasting fans as ugly, fat, slovenly, and friendless. What is unusual is for the source to be a local news station. Local 10 in South Florida put up such a pictorial (reproduced on Facebook) complete with nasty captions. The one above, for example, was captioned “A reproduction of their prom picture… no girls.”
Not unexpectedly and very deservedly, there was a backlash. The station’s first reaction was to edit the captions and delete the angry responses on their facebook page, which only made things worse.
Well, score one for the nerds. The station has now posted an apology, written by the person who put up the original slideshow. He admits his attempt at humor fell flat and was a mistake. He goes on to say he never intended to hurt anyone and specifically acknowledges the many hours of time donated and dollars raised by the 501st, as well as his intent to showcase their good work in the future.
(via Bleeding Cool)