As I’m writing this, I’m also organizing a Pinterest board for possible Halloween costumes. What, you’re not? October’s next week and in one glance, it’s going to be Halloween. You can never be too prepared!
It’s obviously seen as a racist gesture since it ridicules African-Americans. Despite its history though, prominent people still commit this sin. In 2013, Julianne Hough dressed up as Crazy Eyes from Orange Is the New Black. In the Philippines, there have been instances of blackface in the media as well but the “casual racism” here makes it seem frighteningly normal. Just go with your natural skin color this Halloween, ‘kay?
Sexualized young character
It doesn’t matter if it’s a mature, more nudist version of Eleven from Stranger Things or a character from Rugrats. Do not normalize the sexualization of children—it is creepy and promotes other harmful practices and mindsets. Likewise, don’t dress your kids in inappropriately sexy outfits!
Another person’s culture
You might’ve seen people saying, “My culture is not your costume.” While some of you may think they’re killjoys, they’re right to call out any form of cultural appropriation.
The costumes under this category include dias de los muertes skulls, a Native American headpiece, a geisha outfit, and a hijab. Teen Vogueexplains that once a marginalized person is oppressed, their identity can be used for another’s entertainment and is open for mockery.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross for you to dress up as him on Halloween. Just imagine how awkward it must be if you go to a party dressed as a priest, nun, a saint, or the Messiah himself. The implications and the mental image isn’t so good, to be frank—especially if you went as “sexy [person].” This isn’t the Met Gala—oh wait, Catholic fetishism.