Why do you think? Are costumes based on ethnic stereotypes offensive or is it just Halloween fun?With ethnic and racial stereotypes becoming increasingly popular Halloween costume themes, members of the school's Students Teaching About Racism in Society are launching a campaign to make revelers think twice before reducing a culture to a caricature, the group's president said.
Posters from the campaign are expected to go up on the Athens, Ohio, campus Wednesday. Meanwhile, the images are making the rounds online, raising debate over whether it's ever OK for people to paint their faces black, impersonate a racial stereotype for fun, and where to drawn the line.
It's a seasonal point of controversy, but even after widely publicized controversies such as the "Ghetto Fab" wig at Kohl's and Target's illegal alien jumpsuit, costumes of stereotypes abound. On Google's shopping section, several pages of "Mexican costume ideas" are available, from "Mexican donkey costumes" to sexy serapes and tequila shooter girls.
The ad campaign from Ohio University show students holding photos of different racial and ethnic stereotypes in costume: an Hispanic guy with a picture of the Mexican donkey costume, an Asian girl with an image of a Geisha, a Muslim student with a photo of a white guy wearing a traditional ghutra and iqal over his head, bombs strapped to his chest.
I think some can be offensive (like the bombs strapped on?!). But the rest are just halloween fun.
Most are just Halloween fun. Didn't we have this debate about the illegal alien last year?
I really don't see cowboys, geeks, nurses, doctors, Germans, police, firemen, sailors, soldiers, pirates, cheerleaders, Wiccans, clowns, the Pope, Nuns, pop stars, lion tamers, chefs, maids, athletes, wrestlers, pimps, old people, pregnant women or prisoners getting offended over costumes they know are just for fun and they could all be offended if they really wanted to be.
I wonder if the dutch's Zwarte Pietens (Black Peters) are as controversial as some of the costumes listed as offensive... to date, they remain as characters in the celebration.
I agree that some of them are overboard, but most listed are no different than the ones people find to be acceptable. Geisha's, really? How is that any different than people dressing up for renaissance festivals with the wenches and rogues? Wouldn't these be relatively on the same level regardless of ethnicity?
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Depends on the costume... Dressing up as a geisha or wearing a sombrero? Fine. Dressing up as an illegal alien or suicide bomber. Not cool.
I think it depends on the costume. Dressing as a geisha or in a cultural costume doesn't seem too bad. But dressing as a person of a different ethnicity (a white guy dressing up as "black") doesn't sit well with me. And the only time I have ever thought it was funny to dress up as terrorist was when it was a middle eastern guy who did it.