A FEW years ago, I met a Star Wars fan who not only watched the movie series but also collected all the merchandise and attended the side events both in Malaysia and overseas.
He must have seen the American space epic repeatedly until he memorised the lines, just like me re-enacting the plots of Stephen Chow’s films.
One of his favourite outings is cosplay gathering so that he could put on his white robe to play the role of Luke Skywalker and show off his lightsaber which cost him a few hundred US dollars.
“It was fun,” he went on and on while showing me his photo collection taken at these events despite me hardly showing any interest.
Until today, I still do not understand the excitement in dressing up in fictional or manga characters.
But it was this Star Wars fan that made me pay attention to cosplay gatherings which seem to be quite a big thing around the world.
It is amazing that such activities have brought together fictional roles from the East and West, from Marvel heroes and villains, cartoon roles to Japanese anime characters.One of the roles that caught my eye was the Lolita girls. Cute, petite, long hair and colourful dresses full of lace are among the characteristics of Lolitas.
In Japanese comics and anime, these characters are created as underage but sexually attractive and men who are attracted to them are known as lolicons.
Speaking in a doll-like voice, they capture the hearts of many men, including an undergraduate in Hunan province of China who confessed he is a lolicon.
The student from Jishou University, who is currently undergoing his internship at a primary school, got himself into trouble for openly voicing his preference for his soulmate.
“I confess, not pretending any more. Actually, I am a lolicon. I feel that old women are hypocrites, so I prefer cute and young girls and this is why I (wanted to) become a teacher and teach dancing.
“If nothing goes wrong, my wife should be 10 years younger than me (and) if I get into trouble one day, please help me to call the police,” he wrote on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.
Attached with the post is a photo of a girl in school uniform with her face covered by an emoticon, which many thought was taken in a classroom.
His post triggered furious reaction from netizens, who condemned his paedophilia behaviour. Instead of feeling any guilt, he said there was nothing wrong with the confession.
Some Internet users, while agreeing that it was all right to fancy girls of such lovable characters, are troubled that the intern teacher is probably revealing his paedophilic behaviour.
The undergraduate, who will be accepted as a full-time teacher soon, has been punished for his inappropriate statement.
His university replied that upon investigations, it did not find any wrongdoing.
However, the university felt his statement had caused a negative impact and that he did not carry the moral example of a teacher.
The institution of higher learning continued to say that the student’s application for a teacher qualifying certificate would not be accepted.
In the southern Guangdong province, an associate professor of Sun Yat-Sen University has been sacked for flirting with three women while conducting an online tutoring session.
Last Monday, the lecturer in ocean science gave his students a 10-minute break when the web version of his WeChat suddenly popped up on the computer screen.
He was replying to a message by the sender who said she had toothache and wanted to bite a person.
The lecturer wrote: “You are pregnant, can still have sex?”
After that he replied to a meal invitation from another woman, saying he could meet her any time.
Then, he went on to fix another date with a third woman, suggesting that they go for dinner before checking into a hotel for sex.
The conversations were seen by his students, who frantically tried to alert him that he was live streaming the chats but the lecturer did not notice at first.
When he did eventually, the dean asked the students not to expose the incident but his words fell on deaf ears.
These two incidents have resulted in the public calling on the authorities to be more stringent in the selection of educators.
“Educators are role models for students. they should possess both good moral and academic performance,” a netizen wrote.
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