For those who are unaware, Mr. Jaffe is one of the stars of the Dungeons and Dragons webshow Critical Role, one of my favorite creative projects currently airing. While talking about his character design for the new campaign, he said that he told the character artist, "I would like to cause cosplayers to have a nervous breakdown."
To be clear, I get that it was said in jest and in no way an attack on cosplayers. If anything, it was said with love, because he knows that cosplayers enjoy a good challenge. It was just a happy coincidence that I came up with this joke shortly before Taliesin made his comment on Talks Machina.
Anyway, the original concept for this joke was inspired by a character design that a friend of mine recently cosplayed from the game Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward. We had joked that one character, Allice, had the least practical character design ever. And she had a 3D model in the game, which meant that animators had to figure out how that solid-gold-toilet-bowl necklace wouldn't slip off its precarious perch and up the game's rating. It became our poster child for the impossible-to-cosplay character design until fairly recently, when my friend figured out a way to make that magic happen. If you're interested in finding out how, she has a Patreon tier that breaks down her design process here.