Following a series of stunning costume malfunctions, SDCC’s organizers have issued the following emergency advisory for attendees, guests and gawkers, which we pass along as both a service to our community, and an attempt to burn off some community service:
First off, we want to sincerely thank you for your money. It means a lot to us. Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that some of you are stretching our liberal tolerance of cosplay a step too far. Effective today, pants are mandatory.
There are no exceptions to the new rule, except for the following:
1) Hotties (specifically lady hotties)
We are well aware that many characters exist in some kind of cosmic nudity a la the Silver Surfer. For those characters, a properly colored undergarment is acceptable. Butt coverage must meet or exceed 75 percent of surface area. Random butt checks will be carried out throughout the convention. Your funhole must be within the area of coverage. Jockstraps or chaps are prohibited.
We understand that some of you may not have brought alternative clothes with you on this trip and planned to enjoy the sites and sounds of San Diego while wearing next to nothing and covered in paint. We will be selling convention exclusive sweat pants, provided by Hanes, to accomodate your stay.
The International Association of Slave Leia Cosplayers have begun a petition to create a sex-symbol exemption, however formal negotiations between the IASLC and convention organizers have stalled due to an inability to find a compromise regarding men who wear Slave Leia costumes.
At present, there is no mandatory coverage provisions for breasts. And while fans can no longer show them, they are still able to openly be assholes, to both themselves, fellow attendees, creators and staff.