Crossplay is allowed now due to huge online backlash.
Sarah Norton

28 Oct 2016 - 10:58 AM  UPDATED 28 Oct 2016 - 3:52 PM

UPDATE: Ladybeard spoke to SBS PopAsia about the controversy over Tokyo Comic-Con banning men from cosplaying in women's clothing.

Tokyo Comic-Con takes place in December this year, but the event has been at the centre of some controversy this week.

There was backlash after the official site stated that men were banned from cosplaying in women’s clothing – but there was no ban for the reverse.

The website wrote that men were “prohibited” from wearing women’s clothing, “regarding cosplay outfits.”

Other Comic-Con events, such as the popular San Diego Comic-Con, do not have any similar rules.

According to the Anime News Network, this type of ban - aimed only at men (and not vice-versa) - is common at cosplay events in Japan. The bans are often set in place out of concern that the event will attract large amounts of men dressed as women.

Australian star Lady Beard, who is extremely popular in Asia, took to Twitter to have his say on the matter.

People power has overturned the ban. The committee posted a statement on their Facebook page last night.

Power to the people!

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