With Halloween just around the corner, it's not only kids are spending hours on end picking out what costume they're going to wear for this year's spooky day.
TL;DR Every year a new list of offensive Halloween costumes pops up, and you may just want to be in the know so you don't show up to a party in completely inapproriate attire. Below is a list of the most offensive costumes you definitely should not wear this year.
Us grown-ups have to get ready for the festive night as well, but need to be extra cautious.
Each year, more and more costumes are deemed inappropriate. That's generally good news. Racist or otherwise inappropriate costumes are finally being taken off store shelves. Companies and the public at large should always act in a socially responsible manner.
But much work still has to be done.
To help you navigate all the costume choices before you, we've compiled this list of some pretty bad choices you should avoid.
1. Gender Based Costumes
Offense: Joking about gender sterotypes/ issues; transphobic
2. Day of the Dead Costumes
Offense: Cultural appropriation.
3. Army/Military Costumes
Offense: Makes a joke of/sexualizes the tragedy of war.
4. Weight-Based Costumes
Offense: Body shaming.
5. Costumes that Use Indigenous Stereotypes or Culture
Offense: Cultural appropriation; sexualizes indigenous women
6. Hugh Hefner Costume
Offense: Glorifies sexual harassment.
7. Any World War Costumes
Offense: Glorifies genocide and anti-Semitism
8. Religious Costumes
Offense: Sexualizes religious figures.
9. Prisoner Costume
Offense: Jokes about incarceration.
10. Pervert or Sexual Predator Costumes
Offense: Jokes about sexual assault.
11. Opposite Gender Costumes
Offense: Objectifies/Sexualizes the opposite gender.
12. Political Leader Costume
Offense: Glamourizes political issues.
Honourable Mention goes to:
You really just shouldn't dress up as Donald Trump.
Hopefully your costume didn't make this list!