“Dear Fake Geek Guys, Please Go Away!” – A Satirical Report by Cosplayer Jennifer Landa [Video]

“With their lack of fabric and abundance of skin, who were all these half-naked men? Were they true geeks? Or opportunists pandering for attention?”

Well played, Ms. Landa. Well played.

Editor’s note: I’ve been following Jennifer’s Youtube channel for a while, and even though the videos she release are often really fun and interesting, she doesn’t have all that many subscribers. So here’s an important task for you geeks today: Subscribe to Jennifer Landa’s Youtube Channel.

[via Fashionably Geek]

22 Responses to “Dear Fake Geek Guys, Please Go Away!” – A Satirical Report by Cosplayer Jennifer Landa [Video]

  1. This sort of annoys me. Men have ALWAYS been given abuse for calling girls “Fake gamers” etc.
    Now it’s been flipped and they think it’s okay to do the same? Also, there are a lot of factors, some could be down to time constraints, materials at hand, problems during prop/costume making(This applies to both genders, but I’ve seen a lot of females with their chest almost completely uncovered when the cosplay they are doing has it completely covered)

    tl;dr: Whether fake or not, let them enjoy the atmosphere, if people want to dress up as something they don’t really know much about, let them, as long as they’re not getting in your face there should be no problem.

    • Oh, dear… This is over. You can’t put the whole “girls are not real gamers” crap back on the table. Just to be clear, a gamer girl is something brilliant. I know it, you know it, so just stop complaining about that.
      Wanna know what’s really fun ? Try being a gay man and a geek. I have literally been told it’s not possible. You still wanna complain about fourtenn-year-olds telling you you’re not a real gamer ? Or do you want to think about what the same brainless twits use as an insult for anyone who doesn’t have a vagina ?
      Also, I don’t care if he’s a real geek or not, a hot guy in a Nightwing costume works for me, as long as he knows he’s not Aquaman.

  2. i really dont understand why people who were fake would go to conventions, if they were that kind of person then couldnt they spend less time and money picking someone up in a bar rather than going to comicon. in my eyes there is no fake geek, with the exception of those people on facebook (theres always 1)

  3. It seems to me that, the Captain is right. Her point is that we need to stop judging people and being hypocrites! If someone is new to the geek community or doesn’t know as much as others do, they have as much of a right to go to a convention as anyone else. And really, which girl is going to complain about buff shirtless guys in super hero/villain costumes, honestly. She is telling you not to judge, don’t be like the people who judge us geeks! We should be bonded together by our common interests not pulled apart because of petty misconceptions! LLAP and May the Force be with you!_\\//

  4. Um…. It is suppose to be satirical. She is making a joke, considering how many females are dubbed fakers due to their outfits. She is turning it around an saying it for guys to show just how absurd it all is. She is making a funny guys… Ya know, for laughs…. Not seriously calling guys without shirts fake geeks…

  5. As far as I’m concerned the geek community has been highjacked by a bunch of mainstream companies looking to make some money and poser guys and girls that are more interested attention. These are dark days for long time geeks. I use to think cosplay was kind of cool but I’m over it now after seeing what it has become.

  6. Fun fact: I’ve yet to encounter so much as one girl who used cosplay to meet or impress guys in any way. Guys who use cosplay to hook up with girls? Met quite a few of those.

  7. I find it interesting now to find someone saying that certain people don’t belong among the “geeks”. Please open your mind enough to remember that geeks are the original disaffected outsiders on the fringes of society. You didn’t like it when people judged you that way. Stop doing it to others.

  8. The video is basically saying “how stupid does this whole thing sound?” Going up to guys asking if they’re fake geeks based on the amount of fabric they’re wearing. Yes, obviously some people (men or women) cosplay at these events for attention. But why would that make them a fake geek? People do that at sports events, or LARPing, etc. Its not like people spin a wheel of random events and go to whatever it lands on as something sexy.

    If you’re the type of person who likes their body, and likes to show it off, you’ll do it in whatever genre you enjoy. If you’re a geek, you’ll do it in cosplay. If you’re into sports, you’ll do it at a sporting event. I’ve never seen someone at a game -shirtless or in a bra- covered in body paint and team merch or a streaker be questioned as to whether they were a fake sports fan.

    • The fake geek (male or female) issue doesn’t really have anything to do with how much a person is covered up at a convention, however that phenomenon is simply a symptom of the wider problem.

      Lets concentrate on fake geek girls for the moment since that seems to be the controversy here.

      Today, when one attends a convention (comic book or scifi or roleplaying, whatever) one is struck with a kaleidoscope of brightly colored fabrics and skin. A vast number of which are nubile young women (sometimes, not yet women) clad in less than what one would find at a vegas review. This is normal. You see it at every, and I mean EVERY convention.

      Yet, this dynamic did not exist 20 years ago. Why is that?

      Is it the increase in the popularity of “geek culture” in the mainstream?
      Is it the increased acceptability of geekiness among attractive females?
      or is it simply a massive number of females seeking attention within geek culture because if they were to try and compete for attention in typical mainstream venue, they would likely be considered less than extraordinary based on the sheer amount of competition they would encounter?

      Then answer is yes, to all of these.

      There was a time when any geek could go to a convention, walk up to any one of the attendees at the convention and randomly shout “It’s just a flesh wound!” and would immediately be answered with “I’ve chopped your arm off!” and everyone would know what you were talking about. (and if anyone reading this doesn’t know that reference, GTFO now) It was easy to simply walk up to people and start talking about your mutual hobbies and likely find a vast number of things which which you had in common with everyone around you.

      That dynamic no longer exists, and the backlash against “Fake Geek Girls” has resulted from it.

      There used to a very robust “geek culture” that nearly every geek shared. It didn’t matter if you were from the east coast or the west coast. From the northwest or the south. All geeks shared the same culture. We could endlessly debate which was better, Trek or Wars. Who was your favorite Doctor. If Superman could safely impregnate Lois and whether or not Terry Brooks was a Tolkien plagiarist. (he is not)

      Now geek culture has fractured into a hundred different specializations. Now there are Whovians, Brown Coats, Cosplayers, Anime Otaku, Steampunkers, Rennfairies, Roleplayers, LARPers, CCGers, Comic book geeks etc. And it seems like many of these fans don’t meet in the middle too often. Sure, some Steampunkers are Rennfairies and some Rennfairies are Roleplayers and some Roleplayers are Anime Otaku and some Otaku are comic geeks, but in general, you get a lot of people out there who no longer have a shared geek experience. The once unified geek dynamic has been shattered.

      THAT is what the old school geeks are rebelling against and upset about. Its simply difficult for them to articulate this fact and thus, the “fake geek girl” gets the brunt of the frustration.

      This is because the fake geek girl (nubile scantly clad women absolutely filling conventions) became an obvious new thing around the turn of the millennium. It wasn’t a sudden transition of course. It had been ramping up for the better part of the late 90’s. But 2000 and after was when it became very noticeable for all but the most oblivious of convention attendees.

      So the fake geek girl is simply a representative of old-school geeks frustration at the fact that their geekdom is no longer a shared experience. That now it is harder to find kindred spirits at a venue that was specifically supposed to be for kindred spirits to socialize with one another.

      So the next time an old school geek starts ranting about fake geek girls on some nerd forum somewhere, try to remember that it’s not the girl geek he’s angry with. It’s the breakdown of geek culture that he’s upset about. Instead of browbeating him (or her) into submission, try to make them feel more at ease with the new blood. Try to make them understand that geekdom has simply expanded and evolved and is now more versatile and inclusive than ever before, rather than trying to emasculate and shame. I think we’re more likely to change a few more minds that way rather than the other.

  9. How about the real geek girls chase the fake ones out. Problem solved. Then we can get back to geeking out without it devolving into hipster politics.

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