Have you ever put on controversial Halloween costumes? Have you caught your friends in controversial Halloween costumes that you wouldn’t dare to wear yourself?
Every year with the Halloween approaching, people all around start putting their thinking caps on to dress up smart and unique. Everyone wants to dress up to stand out and to be different from the others. However in the process, sometimes they end up coming in the limelight for the wrong reasons due to their bizarre, offensive or controversial dressing up.
Many celebrities have also landed themselves in hot water due to their controversial costumes.
Some of the year 2013’s controversial costumes are mentioned below for you to read and have a laugh, at their expense!
This year’s first controversy happened when Walmart came under the fire for introducing ‘Naughty Leopard’ Halloween costumes for little girls. They had to pull it off the shelves when they started receiving many complaints that they over sexualized small children. They were flaked again for having a ‘Turban beard adult’ Halloween costume where many of the Sikh community felt offended. Also, the costume with the turban and beard had resemblance to Osama Bin Laden and reminded of the ‘9/11’ attacks which is a very sensitive issue.
Two men in Florida experienced lots of backlash after dressing up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. These men are two most high profile court cases in which Martin was killed by Zimmerman in Feb 2012. It created outrage because it portrayed tragedy and ‘re-victimized’ Martin. It hurt and offended a lot of people and family members.
These are just a few examples. The number of controversial Halloween costumes go up every year. Read on for a few more bizarre costumes that people wore.
Another mother and daughter at Roseville school received a lot of flak when they were dressed up as ‘White Trash’ painting their faces white and wearing white garbage bags. This outfit created displeasure among a lot of displeasure among lot of students and parents stating that parents should set right examples for kids and not otherwise.
Ireland Baldwin, a celebrity received a lot of criticism from public as she was dressed up as a ‘Native American’. She later apologized on her Twitter page stating that she did not intend to offend anyone, people or culture.
Another celebrity, Julianne Hough, also faced criticism when she was dressed up in a ‘Black Face’ Halloween costume. She also later apologized explaining that she did not whatsoever intend to offend anyone by being racist.
The Black Face costumes have also fumed fury in the past, way back in 1927 when Al Jolson in Black face makeup for a movie ‘The Jazz singer’ released by Warner Bros. Many commented that there is a very fine line between mockery of ‘morbid’ black culture and tribute to a ‘black’ singer.
There was one costume named Anne Rexia, a black bodycon dress with a skeleton image, brushed the National eating disorders association on the wrong side, as it resembled a deadly eating disorder which has effected more than 10 million U.S. citizens. The dress was immediately discontinued in the market in the year 2007.
Then there were other bizarre and controversial and over sexy costumes that emerged this year bringing them to light or public aggravation for all the wrong reasons such as Heisenberg of ‘Breaking Bad’ pizza, barney, corn on the cob stating that they are too sexed up.
Halloween is supposed to be just a fun thing. People should realize that there are some sensitive areas that they should just leave alone such as color of the skin, religion, culture and any particular person and should just keep other’s sensitivities in mind before choosing their costume. At the same time, those who get offended should also realize that the costumes are meant to be taken in good humor and not to hurt anyone’s sentiments. One should take it in the right spirit and enjoy the festival!
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