Saturday, October 30, 2010

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?

From Gawker:
Some Halloween costumes offend the senses. Some are just plain offensive. Here's a handy guide to 12 racially charged Halloween costumes, whether you can get away with wearing them, and what to do if you accidentally bought a racist one.

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'Asian Doll'

Whereas geishas occupy a grey area (Oscar-winning movies have that effect), mishmash pan-Asian "doll" costumes get a resounding "nay." Ditto "Asian Costume," "Sexy Asian Girl," and this "Chinese Take Out Costume." (That last one is just begging for gross jokes about "eating out.") Do not wear these costumes. Possible exception: You are an Asian female who likes to spend Halloween confronting fetishistic creeps and making them uncomfortable. Proceed with caution, though, because that joke can backfire.
Gawker also covers other racist costumes -- "Sexy Squaw,"  "Harem Girl," and the like.

Oh, and if you don't want to take advice from Gawker, and want something a little more high-brow, look at this post about racist Halloween costumes from Sociological Images.

And did you know you could find racist Halloween costumes for your pets?


Antinette said...

Ok, so this costume wasn't racist, but it's been bothering me all morning. I was reading a blog this morning and someone had posted pics of her darling girls and their friends in their Halloween costumes. All girls adopted from China, by the way. The costume that has me scratching my head and wondering what were her parents thinking was a little girl dressed as Little Orphan Annie. I'm not sure why I'm so bothered, but I am...

LisaLew said...

Antinette - That's SO inappropriate. I wonder if the costume was the child's idea, my daughter enjoyed the movie. Still...

choose joy said...

While we're on the subject of Little Orphan Annie, perhaps someone could suggest what I should have said to my children (they're all adopted)when they looked at my brother-in-laws family photo. They are a biological caucasian family with one adopted (Chinese) daughter, whom they named, Annie. One of my boys said, "Did they name her after Little Orphan Annie?" Oh my! Help! Thanks, Jennifer