Are you the type of human who trolls people IRL with no regard for how anyone else feels? Hopefully not. If you’d rather not make a bad costume choice in poor taste, read on for a not-comprehensive list of offensive costumes to avoid if you’re not terrible.
You might wonder why it’s fine to dress up as some celebrities and not as Caitlyn Jenner. Halloween can be confusing that way. If the day is pretty much a free-for-all, why shouldn’t you get a free pass? (Because it doesn’t work like that.)
Here’s a summary of why going as Caitlyn Jenner for Halloween is a no-no, according to theChange.org petition demanding that Spirit Halloween no longer sell the costume pictured: “To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse. In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community.”
See number 1. On top of that, making reference to Caitlyn Jenner’s past only further subjects her to mockery.
Cecil the Lion
“Show your support for all wildlife” by buying this costume, encourages lingerie vendor Yandy.com, but even with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the World Wildlife Fund, dressing as Cecil the Lion — and a sexy one, at that — just makes you look tacky.
“Lion Killer Dentist”
Yeah, Halloween’s supposed to be ghoulish, but this is unnecessary. Just steer clear of this Dr. Walter Palmer (aka the most reviled American of the year) getup, complete with a Cecil head, and indulge in your sense of macabre by going to the haunted house instead.
“Foxy Megyn Bloody Tampon”
This strangely literal interpretation of Donald Trump’s most sexist and infamous commentsdidn’t have to get made, but alas, here it is. Megyn Kelly should be seen as the respected journalist she is, not as a bad punchline dragged out on Halloween. Now let’s agree to never buy this costume, yes?
Joking References to Black Lives Matter/Police Brutality
Rebel Wilson made this mistake so you don’t have to. Like so many have already said, police violence and victims of police brutality shouldn’t be rendered humorous.
Celebrity Sex Offenders
There were those who paid Halloween tribute to Jerry Sandusky in 2012, and there will surely be misguided people who step out this year dressed as Jared Fogle, Bill Cosby, and/or Josh Duggar. Consider the victims of their crimes and think twice about pretending to be a sex offender.
Nope, you can’t go out wearing a sombrero with a fake mustache and a serape. Neither can you be a “dragon lady geisha,” an “Arab,” or any other super-racist depiction of an ethnic group.
Blackface or Brownface
And you really, really cannot go out in blackface or brown face. Julianne Hough and Bobby Deen will never live down their bad judgment and neither will you.
Sexually Demeaning Representations of Women
If someone wearing one of these “Down for the Count,” “Droopers,” or “Anita Waxin'” costumes tries to talk to you, look revolted and run.
Thank You Cosmo! There You Have it.