Cosplay is fun, it’s a hobby that brings together all of the nerds from Anime, movies, and video games. Men and women who bring those characters to life are an integral part of the community and something we can all appreciate. While a lot of cosplayers are happy to keep their cosplay art as a hobby, others have turned it into a stream of revenue thanks to services like Patreon and the selling of prints. Unfortunately, everything good must be taken advantage of, especially on the internet, and this is true for cosplayers all the same.
Reddit allows for members of the community to come together and share what they love, discussions on fan theories, incredible gaming moments, and pictures of their favorite cosplayers. A search of “Cosplay” will turn up several subreddits dedicated to the art, including those which are dedicated to specific cosplayers. While there is nothing wrong with sharing information which is freely given on the internet, I have come across a sub that is dedicated to sharing that which is NOT freely given, and that is the subreddit called r/PatreonGirls (Very NSFW). PatreonGirls describes its self as “ a place to share all content related to girls from Patreon and helps narrows down which creator you want to support and if they are worthy of your support.” While this seems noble enough at face value, it really is nothing more than people who have paid for the Patreon subscription sharing photos with those who haven’t. The sub is also full of people who will request leaks from various cosplayers, looking at the page right now, there are requests for the Patreon leaks of Katyuska Moonfox, Momokun Cosplay, and KayBear Cosplay, to name a few.
We all love cosplay, and paying for subscriptions may be a hassle, but that does not give you free permission to beg for it on the internet. This is effectively stealing, and should not be encouraged or tolerated by the community. Some major names in are aware of the subreddit as indicated by one of the pinned posts, but the majority of cosplayers would never be any wiser about the situation. There are ways to help protect yourself from people like this, so if you are a cosplayer and are considering setting up a Patreon, please don’t let this discourage you, just be sure to look into how to protect yourself effectively!
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