[Trigger warning for racism, obviously.]
Since a commenter in the previous post mentioned the sexy honey badger costume, and I just *had* to go looking for it, I promptly got an eyeful of “sexy” costumes that are so fucking racist I don’t see how anyone can find them sexy. Actually, I find sexy costumes as a whole to be offensive (unless you’re just really into role-playing), so I’d thought I’d just devote an entire post to sexy costume snark.
Hit the jump and we’ll get started….
I don’t want your eyes to start bleeding from all the offensive imagery, so I’ll just drop some links here:
First, we have the “Reservation royalty” costume.
As if the name weren’t bad enough, the set looks like a cover from a bad romance novel. Seriously, you could slap the image on a book with blank pages and I’m betting it would still sell like hotcakes! Ooh, maybe a “Write your own romance novel” thing, we send you a book with a cover, and you can write your own
drivel Great American Romance based on the cover!
Except they already make something like that, they’re called “journals”….
Chief Wansum Tail Hey, waitaminute! I thought this was supposed to be a sexy costume! Where’s his bare chest?! If the ladies have to freeze to death in their sexy costumes, I don’t see why the guys should have to cover up.
And “Wansum Tail”? Really?
And it only gets worse from there….
Asian Persuasion – because they can’t just be racist to native peoples
and just to make this discussion relevant to this blog
Surprisingly, I actually found a couple that were kind of cool:
Mad Hatter – What do you mean ‘socks not included’? The socks are the best part!
Sexy Peacock Would be cool except DAMMIT PUT SOME PANTS ON!
Burlesque dancer I feel like I’m a bad person for liking this. The skirt looks so floofy.
Okay, seriously now, WTF? I mean, how can you look at most of those and say “Nope, not offensive” unless you’re so blinded by your privilege that I’m surprised you can see beyond your own nose. I should mention that all the animal costumes are pretty much the same with those stupid legging/boot things. Scratch that, pretty much all the sexy costumes follow the same “sexy” pattern. How are these costumes appealing to anyone except your stereotypical frat boy who can’t seem to get over his teenage obsession with breasts? This is why sites like Take Back Hallowe’en are so great and needed, because there’s so much more to Hallowe’en costumes than freezing to death in your “sexy” outfit.
Freezing to death is not sexy, no it is not.