Star Wars Celebration is filled with cosplaying fans wearing anything from full Storm Trooper armor to the more revealing Princess Leia metal bikini. The show has posted a clear message to attendees to respect those wearing cosplay.
"Cosplay is not consent," the standee explains. "Please keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with or of another Star Wars Celebration Fan, always ask first and respect that person's right to say no."
These warnings may seem like common sense, but many cosplayers have horror stories about attendees not respecting their personal space. "People would ask for a photo, and 'jokingly' grab my butt. Lewd, tactless, raunchy things would be said or asked of me..." Vivid Vivka, a Deviant model and cosplay enthusiast, told Vice.
"I feel like a lot of people don't realize they are overstepping their grounds, and they don't realize how hurtful, scary, and gross they are being. They see this character that they also know and love and I feel they forget that there is a person inside the costume. Cosplay is not consent. Just because I am dressed up, doesn't mean I aim to serve your fantasies."
These clearly written codes of conduct are becoming common at many shows, with the Game Developers Conference also putting a similar standee near the entrance of the show's halls.
"When at Star Wars Celebration, be respectful, be nice, be cool and be kind to each other," the sign states.