Wearing Cosplay Outfits Is the Best Way To Protest

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A pair of Angry Birds are, wait for it, angry. Garfield and Donald Duck are rightly pissed, too. And don't get the Chinese God of Wealth started. He's livid.

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Several migrant workers cosplayed as famous characters to draw attention to unpaid wages. According to Offbeat China, the five workers sat in front of China National Radio's headquarters and held a sign that read, "Pay back my blood-sweat (hard-earned) money."


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Filing in court to get unpaid wages can prove either costly or difficult for migrant workers. As Offbeat China notes, getting attention online might be their best leverage.

农民工也玩Cosplay啊 [A9VG]

Migrant workers in Beijing dressed in cartoon costumes to protest unpaid wages [Offbeat China]


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Makes me wonder though, when is cosplay cosplay and when is it just dressing up in a suit? Many people dress up during Halloween, yet no one has called that cosplay, have they?

I know, it's just a semantics discussion, and maybe this can be rightfully called cosplay, but I was just wondering at what point "dressing up" turns into cosplay ?