This year's Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia, featured a cosplay of a figure no one was expecting: BBQ Becky (aka Jennifer Schulte).
For those who are unfamiliar with Schulte, where have you been‽
BBQ Becky is the White woman who became infamous for calling the police on a group of Black men who were peacefully having a BBQ in Oakland, California, then standing nearby for 2 hours—according to Schulte's second call to 911—while demanding police stop the picnic.
Her reason? According to the now released 911 tapes:
"I'd like to report that someone is illegally using a charcoal grill in a non-designated area in Lake Merritt Park near Cleveland Cascade."
"I'd like it dealt with immediately so that coals don't burn more children and we have to pay more taxes."
While the group were rightly in a park designated grilling area, they used the wrong fuel which warranted a call to 911 and waiting hours for police to arrive according to Schulte.
So cosplayer Tazra Rose—who bears an uncanny resemblance to BBQ Becky—dressed up as Schulte and attended Atlanta Dragon Con, pretending to call the cops on any people of color who were doing nothing wrong.
The resulting photos are hilarious.
A photo of Tazra Rose posing in front of a group shot of the Black Geeks of Dragon Con went viral, probably due to the side-eye she's getting from the entire crowd. The photo was staged and taken by Otis Casey Photography and shared on their Facebook page.
Here is Otis Casey Photography's original Facebook post:
From Facebook, people started to share the photo on Twitter.
THIS might be the best #DragonCon2018 photo I've seen so far. Found on Otis Casey Photography's Facebook. #dragoncon https://t.co/l53YD4jWmy— Tom Croom ✈️ #EdmontonExpo (@Tom Croom ✈️ #EdmontonExpo)1536330548.0
When I say @DragonCon has the best cosplay, I wasn't fucking around https://t.co/QejDc3osBr— Andy Melim (@Andy Melim)1536283000.0
The photo has been shared nearly five thousand times on Facebook, and spread like wildfire on Twitter.
The photographer, Otis Casey, says he wasn't expecting the image to take off in such a big way:
"Honestly I'm surprised that it has taken on a life of its own. I like the response where Killmonger is giving her the evil stare."
He also said BBQ Becky wasn't originally supposed to be in the shot, but was invited to join in by the group:
"This incident did not ruin the festive mood during the shoot. Instead everyone got a huge laugh out of this. For that I am glad."
Twitter loved what it was seeing.
This is perfect! Well done, Nerds! https://t.co/qh0TrWKigA— Brad Evans* (@Brad Evans*)1536296629.0
OMG!!!! Nice job Becky! #DragonCon2018 https://t.co/cCpsZ3e7TM— Bamboozled🙈🌊🙉🌊🙊🌊 (@Bamboozled🙈🌊🙉🌊🙊🌊)1536321179.0
Beautiful https://t.co/jq6uehtR58— Nuggins (@Nuggins)1536266341.0
😂🤣😂🤣. BBQ Becky showed up for the Black Cosplay photo shoot at Dragon Con. https://t.co/4ZRGs45TbN— Dawn Jones (@Dawn Jones)1536445053.0
Casey also drew attention to the incidents Rose's cosplay was making fun of: repeated instances of the police being called on black individuals doing nothing wrong in public spaces.
"Unfortunately outside of Dragon Con this will eventually happen again minus the laughs."
They call the police on Black people minding their own business. They vote for legislators who enact discriminatory… https://t.co/R2AR93UKrm— India Hui (@India Hui)1536423836.0
Calls Grow For Laws To Punish People Who Call Police On Black People For No Reason https://t.co/Cu5LMJYf97 https://t.co/pyMTkiRoOL— BlackAmericaWeb.com (@BlackAmericaWeb.com)1536388647.0
Perhaps the world can tackle discrimination one cosplay at a time!