What not to wear: Offensive costumes and mascots

Graphic courtesy of Asiah FulmoreGraphic courtesy of Asiah Fulmore

October is the time of year for tricks, treats, and colorful costumes.

But it would not be Halloween without a few racist, sexist and all-around offensive costumes. So what costumes are offensive?

A few disrespectful costumes consist of blackface, sexist symbolism, insensitive topics, racial stereotypes and traditional religious outfits.

Emily Murphy, a senior mass communication major, expresses that the most offensive costumes can often deal with religion or race.

“I think that sometimes people can be really sensitive about some things but when it deals with race, I think that’s definitely offensive,” Murphy said.

Race plays a big factor in costumes, as a majority of them include masks and clothing of celebrities and well-known people who are represented in a demeaning manner.

In most cases, students and adults dress as deceased celebrities, insulting their image.

Standards of various religions are often portrayed with costumes of the sexy “slutty” nun or of a religious deity.

These displays are offensive to a person’s religious beliefs, as we often do not know what type of religion they value.

In these representations, others might feel offended that their race or religious beliefs are portrayed as stereotypical offensive displays without care for their values.

Mascots, such as the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians, have popular mascot costumes that people will wear, creating a stereotypical or offensive image.

Halloween is ideal holiday for people to show off their flashy costumes for parties and entertainment, but they should keep in mind how others may perceive the image they are presenting.

Selena Stroble, a senior mass communication major, said that even though Halloween is a good time for unique costumes, there are some who need to respect how others might feel about their costumes. “I feel like people should always be conscious,” Stroble said. “We should all be sensitive to certain topics and issues that might offend someone. If you think this costume may offend someone, do you think you should wear it?”

Graphic courtesy of Asiah Fulmore

Graphic courtesy of Asiah Fulmore

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