Woman Slut-Shamed for Wearing Cosplay on Beijing Metro

[UPDATED August 16, 5.30pm] The video has been revealed as a hoax. Please see: "Beijing Subway Cosplay Slut Shaming" Revealed as Online Marketing Campaign.

Beyond inappropriate touching, women commuters on the Beijing Metro also have to contend with disparaging remarks on their clothing, as demonstrated in a recent altercation in which a woman was called "licentious" for wearing a cosplay outfit.

As seen in a video uploaded online, an unidentified young woman wearing a blue wig and a costume dress was publicly humiliated by a middle-aged female commuter on the Line 10 subway. As China Daily reports, the cosplayer was blamed for being a bad influence on children.

"My granddaughter has taken after you. Now, she doesn't study anymore. She doesn't even do homework," said the woman. "She has been harmed by people like you."

Without explaining any further, the disparaging woman then makes superficial character judgments.

"You haven't done an honest day's work in your life," the woman said before shaming the unidentified cosplayer for her lascivious ways. 

"You dress so scantily, show so much skin," she said. "What are you trying to do? What do your parents think when they see you dressed like this? Dressed in such little clothing when going out."

"So licentious, and for whom to see?"

At this point, the person taking the video pans down the length of the cosplayer's body, showing her to be wearing a full-length dress that runs down to her ankles. From behind, the only bare skin visible on the cosplayer is on her upper arms, shoulders, and face.

To her credit, not only does the cosplayer stand up for herself, but she does it in a dignified manner. The cosplayer explained that she is wearing a cosplay costume that is not "licentious", and that she is a "normal" 20-year-old student attending her third year of university. 

A bystander was later quoted as saying the cosplayer demonstrated a high degree of restraint against the dama (middle-aged women largely associated with square dancing and controlling family finances). He said the two female cosplayers were taking selfies when they were unexpectedly publicly shamed. After standing up for herself, the cosplayers left the train without any further incident.

Online comments were largely made in defense of the cosplayer, praising her for her restraint in a country where subway arguments are common and ugly. Other people thought the dama was trying to blame other people for her own problems. "This is a classic case of 'my child has a bad education because of you,'" wrote one person.

Beijing hasn't been kind to residents that choose to dress up. In 2015, the Beijing Metro outright banned zombies from its trains. More recently, expats choosing to meet the titular requirements of the Red Dress Run faced an online wave of backlash.

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Comments

I would have looked to her and said, "I am going to go further in life than riding on a subway in my granny years. What exactly have you accomplished in your 70 years?"

See what she says to that. Those that have really succeeded in life love to show off their car and talk down about taking buses and the subway. They only ride in "taxis", OOH AHH!!

What would that ugly bitch have to shame anybody about? You spit and treat your own country like a trash can and all of you Chinese do it. How about she shaves her mustache and underarms before talking shit. I love owning people on the subway these bitches always back down when you show them you're gonna punch them like cowards that they are speaking that gay language and then they shut up when I get physical. Let this girl dress how she wants Chinese and fuck off you racist narrow minded low mannered fucks...

This may have been revealed to be a hoax, but slut shaming is by far still a real thing in China... especially when regarding the Beijing Metro.

A popular Weibo post making the rounds right now lists a number of uncultured behaviors that appear on the subway in Beijing. Taking first place before seat hogging and public displays of (gross) affection: a female commuter who shows too much skin.

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