Monday, October 24, 2011

Yes, Your Halloween Costume is Racist


(Poster campaign against racist costumes from students at Ohio U)

Here's the thing: I know you weren't TRYING to be racist. I know that I'm not getting "what you were going for." I know YOU think your costume is just "riffing on stereotypes" or only represents "one specific character, not an entire race." But dressing up as a caricature of someone else's culture is still a terrible costume idea and you should have thought of something better.

And make no mistake, these costumes are racist. Even if you don't think they are. Even if I'm just being a big oversensitive PC baby. Even if your counterarguments to all of this are well-reasoned, you're still on the "uncreative jackass" side of this debate.

And that's what this comes down to, in the end. These costumes aren't just offensive and oppressive, they're really boring too. I mean, if you have one night to dress up like something--anything-- that you're not, and the best you could think of is "Jamaican guy" or "Mexican," that's pretty sad.

So this Halloween, forget the sombreros, feather headdresses, turbans, kimonos and (ugh) blackface makeup. Be a robot instead. Be a vampire. Bake some muffins and be the goddamn muffin man. Or just stay home and eat candy. Isn't that what Halloween is all about anyway?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

im going to be a monkey!

nulldevice said...

What about the "Sexy Big Bird" costume? Where does that fall?

I mean, it's disturbing...

Drew said...

I really want to be "The Muffin Man" now.

walleyes said...

hmm don't be so judgmental bruh, i enjoy (almost) ALL chicks in costumes

Tyler Lebens said...

a couple of guys at my college went as the jackson five in black face last year. i lost a lot of my respect for people that night

elizabeth_ said...

I think vampire and robot costumes are offensive to real vampires and robots, which is why this year, I am going as an Alien in a UFO, because those don't actually exist (like vampires and robots do).

Anonymous said...

Such one dimensional images of women I can barely get to the racist part.

julene said...

I was a spelling bee. thought you might like that.

Anonymous said...

http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/195467-were-a-culture-not-a-costume

Ray C. said...

I'm going as a sugar skull and may be wearing a sombrero; my wife is going as a sugar skull bride. I will only be wearing a sombrero if I can’t find an old tuxedo. Although we are representing for my wife's Mexican culture, Dia de los Muertos, and Latinos in general (I'm Cuban), don't take my choice to wear a sombrero to be an excuse for you to do it as well. I do it out of respect, not to make fun of a stereotype.

Anonymous said...

i guess i'll be going as a jackass this year. thanks for the intelligent exchange. you had me somewhat convinced until you went of on a twerk.

Tristran Shandy said...

I"m going as a racist la raza nazi invading illegal alien border criminal