Don’t want to be Costume-Insensitive (the Donald Trump Mask being made in Mexico is of course, ok) and “offend” the tiny minds of the “sensitive” and “diverse” Leftists?
“In particular, please keep in mind that certain Halloween costumes inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes,” it continues. “Although it may not be the intent, these costumes, and choosing to wear them, can depict identities in ways that are offensive or hurtful to others” (Campus Reform)
Colleges are hanging flyers around campus with phone numbers of officials that students can call to consult with about whether or not their Halloween costume is perfectly politically correct. “Unsure if your costume might be offensive?” asks a poster that’s been hung around campus at State University of New York at Geneseo. “Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” The poster contains the phone numbers and e-mails of five (five!) campus officials that students can contact and discuss the very important issue of whether or not what they will dress up as to get drunk in will be advancing social-justice causes. Wesleyan University has been hanging similar posters around the school — but with six (six!) numbers listed.
It’s not clear whether students will be able to reach these numbers round-the-clock through Halloween weekend. Hopefully they will. After all, Halloween is a very serious issue, and can not be treated as if it were just some fun little holiday that’s a chance for people to use their imaginations and have some fun without taking each other too seriously.
It’s a good first step. Maybe next year, the schools can deploy cultural-sensitivity control officers to bust into parties and round up anyone spotted in a sombrero or afro wig. To make the world, you know, better. (NRO)
Students can call for approval of their Halloween costumes, fulfilling their social justice quota for the day, before they go out and get so drunk that not a single person will either remember or care whether or not their “Pochahottie” getup furthered the systemic marginalization of Native Americans.
The campus seems keen on grooming Orwellian 1984-style Thought Police informants, ready to sell out their friends for a feel-good confession to Big Brother.
Not to be outdone, Wesleyan University has offered to tell students if their Halloween costume is offensive by putting out its own poster, this one with no less than SIX official campus contacts, advising students not to wear a costume which “mock[s] cultural or religious symbols such as dreadlocks …” The university is apparently gravely concerned that a white student might have some fun dressed as a Rastafarian.
I wonder if there is equal concern over a non-Catholic student’s donning the priestly collar? Or, for that matter, a student following in the footsteps of that oh-so venerable (read: shrill and shallow) cultural icon Lena Dunham, who has announced that her next skeevy move (after “sexually experimenting” with her younger sister and writing proudly about it in her memoir) is to dress up as a “sexy” abortionist—because dressing as a child murderer is, ahem, “cool,” I’m told.
I’m not holding my breath.
Another big no-no this year is dressing up like Kanye West or Kim Kardashian. Yes, the most famously parodied and mocked couple in America is off-limits for Halloween, if one considers that at UCLA, after a frat hosted a “Kanye Western”-themed party, they were accused of committing secular sacrilege: cultural appropriation of the Black community, complete with oversized sweatshirts and gold chains.
Never mind that Kanye never phoned in expressing his stern disapproval.
And those pop-up Halloween stores featuring “Call Me Caitlyn” outfits? Don’t even think about it, you fun-loving fiend, you.
One wonders just how deep and how severe the cognitive dissonance goes among those on the the political Left, who are 100 percent fine with manly-man decathlete Bruce Jenner ingesting some hormones, donning a dress, growing out his hair, and playacting as a woman—and we are all to smile at and applaud this charade!—but some college freshman can’t, on the one day of the year when it is totally acceptable to dress as a person or thing that one manifestly is not, dress up as Caitlyn Jenner.
My fellow millennials, a piece of advice, if I may: Take a chill pill, and just enjoy life. Sometimes, a costume is just a costume. (College Fix)
To take parts (symbols, dress, words, practices, etc) from one culture when they are not part of that culture. This can happen in a variety of forms but often around Halloween it involves wearing ‘costumes’ that rely on specific cultural signifiers. Dressing up as a ethnicity, race, or culture that is not your own is problematic and racist.
Costumes that rely on cultural dress and/or stereotypes are offensive and oppressive.
Even if you don’t think you’re vehemently racist, you can still perpetuate racism.
Now, a lot of people question why would I think that deeply about the implications of a costume? If you’ve been thinking that – maybe acknowledge that it is because these implications don’t affect you. Your culture and/or identity has not be historically and currently trivialized, mocked, and viewed as “funny” or “scary” to dress in. Making someone else’s culture and/or identity a caricature for you to wear for one night is a terrible costume idea. (LSIRG)
“Be respectful,” said Mohammad Akbar, who is director of administration and development for the social-justice organization on campus, Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group. “Taking people’s identity and wearing it for a day and tossing it aside is horribly offensive.”
And if someone showed up in a gory costume (like a white shirt dipped in red paint to resemble blood) “we’d likely have a conversation,” said Rubenschuh. There might be other kids in the class who are refugees from war zones and “we don’t want to traumatize anyone.” (The Record.com)
So I guess I will go as a White Male Conservative Blogger that should offend as many Liberals as I come across. 🙂
Or maybe a Muslim Terrorist, that’s Politically Correct. Yeah, that’s the ticket! 🙂