Americans and cosplay do not go hand-in-hand. I don't even know where to start on this shit, so I'll just start with an example:
Now, I'm not 100% sure what's going on here, but I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that this is a costume party, and not cosplay since they're holding what appear to be alcoholic beverages and there aren't any retards dressed as Naruto giving the peace sign, but it gives a prime example of what Americans think passes for cosplay: store-bought costumes.
I'm not a big fan of cosplay in general, but I do appreciate it when someone does it completely spot-on for a character I like rather than fucking it up completely:
It only gets worse from here...
See the kid on the right? Notice the difference in the quality and effort? That's right, the dipshit probably just had his mom cut the sleeves off of a hospital gown, bought a Fire Hair wig from the dollar store, and looped some rope through a handful of meatballs to transform into Akuma. The expression on his face is proof enough that he's real excited about the whole project. So, why the fuck did he even bother?
I guess I can give a little credit to the fuckwad Akuma when I take in to consideration the assholes that don't even try to put effort into the cosplaying and just buy pre-packaged shit costumes and show up at conventions:
It's pretty obvious that these shitbags went to their local Woolworths and bought the pre-packaged, generic Karate Ninja Fighter costumes sewn lovingly together by a heartless factory machine in Mexico.
Even with all those generic shit cosplay costumes aside, there's still something even worse...FAT COSPLAYERS:
OH, JESUS! PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!
That's right, these fat asses actually think they're cute...and it's more rampant than you might think; Fat cosplayers are fucking everywhere in American cosplay, and it's NEVER acceptable when the character itself isn't a fat pile of shit like you! So, unless you're looking to play the Kool-Aid Man or Dr.Robotnik (Dr.Eggman for you younger kids) then don't be fat and cosplay...just don't do it.
And if you were wondering what those characters SHOULD look like via cosplay, here you go:
The Japanese seem to be the ones who get the idea.
And it's not just the fat asses who make cosplay look bad. The skanks, geeks and retards do a pretty good job of sucking ass too:
This isn't always the case, though. It is, in fact, possible for white folks to put together a costume that's impressive...it just isn't usually anyone in America:
Okay, I'm not going to sit here and say that Americans can't make good costumes altogether, because that just wouldn't be true. The problem is that Americans don't seem realize that they're only good at cosplay with a handful of things...and usually it requires wearing some kind of mask. So, what are we actually good at cosplaying?
Halo, Batman, and Star Wars usually turn out fine.
And hell, sometimes it turns out better than fine:
Unfortunately, for every one person who gets this shit right in America, there's always 100 others right there to fuck it up...