‘LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW’ Cosplayer Gets Kicked Out Of PAX East

Jessica Nigri

Jessica Nigri is a cosplayer who was hired to portray the main protagonist of Lollipop Chainsaw  at PAX East this past weekend. Nigri ran into some trouble when event officials demanded that she wear something less risque, confusing many a people. What – they asked – is wrong with wearing something so skimpy you can smell vag drift? Nothing! Especially on Easter weekend.

Word is that Jessica Nigri,  a big-time cosplayer  hired to  portray the protagonist ofLollipop Chainsaw, was asked to leave PAX East yesterday. Why, you ask? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe that hot pink jumpsuit with a “neckline” plunging to her crotch has something to do with it.

She’s back today (here is Nigri, as Juliet Starling,  at the  Lollipop Chainsaw  booth.) But  Destructoid  first reported  that she was “asked to leave the show floor” until she had changed out of that pink outfit at right. But after changing back to the Juliet Starling costume, at left–which she had worn all Friday with no issue–she was asked to change again or leave the show entirely.

Nigri’s Twitter feed does reference something like this. “Haha guys! I just had to tone down the costume!”  she tweeted this morning.

Robert Khoo, the president of business development for Penny Arcade, verified toKotaku  that Nigri was asked to change, or leave, because expo staff had received plenty of complaints about her attire, or lack of it.

Khoo said expo staff “notified the WB booth on Friday of our concerns regarding the costumes, and although there was some confusion initially about which outfit was appropriate … they understood the situation.”

Penny Arcade has had a “no booth babe” policy at its expos, not wishing them to be known for models in skimpy clothes hawking products, as they do at other events in the video gaming industry. Two years ago, that policy was put to a vote of its community,  which largely reaffirmed the idea. Costumed representatives are required to know something about their product. There is to be “no messaging that specifically calls out body parts,” and while “cosplayed characters are allowed to wear revealing outfits, assuming it is true to the source game,” there is a ban on anything considered “partial nudity.” This policy still is in place, Khoo said.

“Although the policies regarding appropriate attire are clearly laid out in our exhibitor rules, there are times when edge cases like  Lollipop Chainsaw, which technically is allowed since it’s the main character in the game, pop up,” Khoo told  Kotaku. “For scenarios like that, we need to make a judgment call, and a big factor for this one was looking at the number of complaints we has received.” [Kotaku]

Hey man, it’s their event. If they don’t want labia flopping up over pink latex while there could be an 8 year-old walking by, that’s their call. Never would happen at OL-Con though, no way.