The Modern Condition

Halloween Costume Manufacturers Working on Excuses for Offensive Products, List Is Short

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Pirate…eh…Superhero…maybe…Mario and Luigi…that could be fun… The Hamburglar…LOL, no. Wait! Check this out! Sexy Native American Indian. So good! So sexy! Mexican Tequila Sunrise Costume. That’s so fun! Comes with a sombrero! Tequila shots, whoo-hoo!

Let us check our Palm Pilots…yes, it’s confirmed. The year is 2015. It is a wonder, then, that the imagined conversation above still happens, verbatim, all across America as people shop online for Halloween costumes.

To be fair, maybe it’s the overwhelming number of costumes available that lead people to choose the offensive ones. Oh, I don’t know! I typed in “Halloween costumes with face paint women” and it came up with too many options! So I just decided to randomly pick one and I landed on Asian Geisha Woman. Guess I’m going as that this year. Hah, I don’t even know what that is.

To try to discover the reason behind this perpetuation of racism and sexism through Halloween costumes, we went right to the manufacturers. We asked, “Do you see how this is offensive? Why do you continue to produce these things?” The tired exec just handed over a piece of looseleaf, titled “Excuses This Year.” There were two items: 1. It’s just a joke, relax, and 2. Halloween’s the one time a year…

Unable to argue with this airtight logic, we thanked him for his time and went home, prepared to stay in this Halloween.

October 26, 2015

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C. LaPara Cailley LaPara is currently an undergraduate at George Washington working towards a BA in International Affairs and English, with a minor in Creative Writing. She spends most of her time providing comic relief to the pressures of this highly competitive city, even if she’s the only one laughing. Her comic relief outlets include being a writer for The Collard and the founder of an on-campus comedy-writing group. Other hobbies include writing, reading, sleeping (if there’s time), Gilmore Girls, running, and making up songs in weird voices about whatever she’s doing in that moment. Her roommate loves her for it


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