This weekend is Halloween and I’m sending out a friendly feminist reminder to everyone:
DO NOT WEAR COSTUMES THAT ARE RACIST, HOMOPHOBIC, TRANSPHOBIC, CULTURAL APPROPRIATION OR OFFENSIVE.
1. There is a fine line between funny and offensive and if you aren’t sure you are crossing it, check out Google. This Halloween season has supplied great articles and sources on why some costumes are not costumes or not appropriate to wear as a costume.Recently, CBC ran a local article talking about the Caitlyn Jenner costume. It is being sold in 1,100 stores across Canada but Spirit Halloween doesn’t understand the issue with it. They classify it has a costume of a role model. The transgender community feels a different way. This costume takes away the real life experiences transgender people face. Being transgender is not a joke, a costume, playing dress up – it’s a reality for a lot of people and should be taken seriously and with respect.
Please read this article if you want to read more information: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/caitlyn-and-bruce-jenner-halloween-costume-sparks-controversy-1.3282625
2. Okkkkkk. Next up, “Indian” costumes. Like is this for real right now? I need to explain why this is bad? What year it is again…2015….Why do we still have this need to be ignorant and racist and dress up as a group of people? This isn’t a costume, this is someone’s culture, someone’s life. Dressing up in costumes that disrespect indigenous culture is as bad as wearing Blackface. (which is mentioned in 3.) Here is a video that has been circulating from BuzzFeed that has Native Americans giving you their opinions on the costumes:
There are numerous sources for this issue as well if you still find you don’t understand the issue.
3. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT WEAR BLACKFACE AS A COSTUME/PART OF A COSTUME.
Do not do it. If you see someone doing it, explain to them why it’s bad. Explain to them it’s racist. If you work at an establishment/have a house party/go to a social and you see someone in Blackface, do not let them stay and make other people in deal with the racial discrimination. Their feelings are more important that the ignorant person in Blackface.
The main takeaway from this post:
If you think your costume could potentially be 1% offensive, DO NOT WEAR IT.
If you wear a costume and someone takes offence to it, LISTEN TO THEM AND TAKE IT OFF OR LEAVE. You’re ignorance is no excuse to make someone around you feel uncomfortable.
If you ignore everyone telling you it’s offensive, ignore the sources that say it’s offensive, ignore you’re own ignorance….YOU SHOULD BE BANNED FROM HALLOWEEN AND SHOULD RETHINK YOUR MORAL CODE.
To everyone, please have a SAFE and RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE Halloween.
It’s 2015, let’s get with the times, educate ourselves and move on from ignorance.