Yeah. I'm not going to use the term POC because it's not so much a person's race/ethnicity that the cosplay community discriminates on, but skin colour (Asians are POC, but are almost revered by the community). But yeah, I agree, I really hate it when dark-skinned cosplayers get boosted, but it turns out to be some shitty closet cosplay. It's like they got traction only because SJWs wanted to feel good about themselves. Performative 'wokeness' is pretty gross and make people look like fetishists.
On the other hand, it's also dumb to play "I don't see race, I only see skills" because black/brown cosplayers objectively get less attention than their peers. It takes effort and time to build up your craftmanship, but if you get no feedback for your efforts then you're more prone to quitting. It's not a matter of laziness, just being realistic about what you spend your time on. The reality is that attractiveness plays a big part of how good people perceive your cosplay as and how much people interact with you on social media. If you want more good POC cosplayers, then you should encourage the newbies who have potential. But alas, among the sea of newbies with similar skill levels, even I would rather follow the ones whom I found more attractive. >>9992807
Genderbents are different. That's people willingly doing an AU version because they think it'll suit them better. If you want to talk gender, then let's talk about crossplay. Generally, people who crossplay want to be perceived as said character and not X version of said character. >We absolutely would describe it as 'White X', if the character in question had dark skin.
Which sucks and is counterproductive, imo. Though I believe the reason for this stems more from the fact that there are very little characters with dark skin in the media and blackness often portrayed as a 'special trait' kinda. If the character is standard enough (like Casca from Berserk), then no one really calls it 'White X'.