But now they're getting worked up over what looks like an Austrailian newspaper article about some ignorant hick's trip to Japan.
Basically, he said that the gothy kids in Harajuku are freaky, and that they all are part of this groupie cult that follow the band X-Japan... a band that broke up when the lead singer committed suicide.
Someone had better inform Toshi that he killed himself, because I doubt he's aware of it :P
In all seriousness, though...
I think it's kind of pointless to get so worked up about it. His "journalism" and screwed up facts are the only things I really see offensive. People disliking cosplay is nothing new. Then again.. he didn't know it was cosplay. He thought they were gothy groupies and Yamamba girls o..O Well, whatever man....
But now they're getting all worked up b/c he said that cosplay (or what his limited understanding of what was going on.. that could be construed as cosplay) is freaky.
Well... yeah, it is. Cosplay is kind of like "otaku" Neither, in their original usage, have much of a positive connotation in Japan. Your average person thinks of cosplay.. and they think of prostitutes in nurse costumes and horny bald guys in monkey suits. The ones that are into the anime scene will think of cosplay in more of an anime-themed thing... But anyway.
Yes, grown people dressing up like cartoon characters and prancing around gatherings of fanboys... sorry.. that's kinda weird by normal standards :P
It may not be freaky for you, personally, but traditionally, these things are looked at in reference to the greater whole.. and if your average person thinks it's kinda weird, then you just have to admit you have a weird hobby. It doesn't make it bad, though. It's just when people put a negative spin on such things... It all boils down to conformity. I don't really see why they're getting so worked up about things... :/