Franchesca Ramsey suggests some costumes to avoid (and see her list of supplementary posts here).
Transcript (after the jump)
Halloween is finally here: a time where you get to dress up like your favorite cartoon character or superhero, or just do something completely ridiculous like be a sexy hamburger for Halloween. But it’s also a time where you can throw caution to the wind and don a completely racist costume. Here are a few of my favorite offenses:
The sexy “Indian”. Hey, is that Lana on Del Ray or some other racist idiot?
(in blonde wig) My great-great-great-great grandfather on my mother’s side was one-quarter Cherokee (pronounces it Chair-okay), like the car, so it’s totally okay for me to be an Indian for Halloween.
Sure, who cares about colonialism or the countless laws that were created to erase the Native Americans from this country? It was just genocide. It’s just a costume.
Let’s get crunk!
(in blonde wig) I’m, like, paying homage (prounces it aw-midge) to their culture. It’s like borrowing.
Oh my god I love this TV!
(in blonde wig) Thanks, my parents got it for me for graduation. Wait, what are you doing?
Oh, I’m just borrowing it and putting it up in my house.
(in blonde wig) You can’t just borrow my TV!
You know what? (grabs picture off the wall)
(in blonde wig) Please don’t touch that.
I think I’m going to take this too! I don’t know what it means but it’s kind of ironic because I know it means something to you and it means absolutely nothing to me! Happy Halloween!
(in blonde wig) Oh my god, no.
That’s not borrowing; it’s stealing. Next up, afro & dreadlock wigs. The latest blog to go viral is the pathetically punned “Before and Afro.” This young lady thought it would be a good idea to put on an afro wig and chronicle her journeys around New York City, seeing what it was like to “be black”. Before, she’s a pretty innocent blonde girl and after, she’s a sassy, snarling diva with a bad afro wig. It looks like crap!
Listen, I understand that my natural hair is fabulous, but a big part in the natural hair movement is rejecting those european beauty standards that have been forced on black people for centuries, not to mention there are still stigmas that come along with wearing my natural hair. I mean the hair that comes outta my head! Lots of afros and dreads are still being called “unprofessional” or “unclean” by some people, and some companies and universities have even gone so far as to ban natural hair. So when you put that afro wig on, you’re basically making fun of me.
(in blonde wig) People make fun of blondes all the time and I’ m not offended.
You know what? You are right. How dare I forget about the years of persecution, discrimination and enslavement suffered by blonde across the world just for being blonde?
(in blonde wig) Is it bad to do blackface? Is that still, like, a thing?
Actor Colton Haynes from MTV’s Teen Wolf is a repeat racist halloween costume offender. Not long ago he dressed up as Kanye West for Halloween and this year he went as Gandhi. How much you wanna bet Colton Haynes can’t tell you one fact about Gandhi? We’re waiting, Colton. We’re all waiting.
(in blonde wig) He’s just dressing up! Plus, he was so cute on Teen Wolf.
I’m pissed that you’re excusing his behavior and that you actually watch Teen Wolf. Aren’t you like 25? Blackface was created to dehumanize and parody people of color. That’s exactly what does when you do it today.
(in blonde wig) I didn’t mean anything by it.
It doesn’t matter if you intended to be racist or not. Let me show you.
(in blonde wig) Ow! You just stepped on my foot!
Oh come on,you’re just being too sensitive.
(blonde wig) I think my toe is broken!
I didn’t mean to break your toe.
(blonde wig) What if I was a geesha-geisha-geesha…I don’t know how to say it.
(blonde wig) Or a Mexican! I do love Mexican food.
(blonde wig) Or…I could be a sexy terrorist!
I am all kinds offended right now.
(blonde wig) I don’t get it.
Check out the video description box because I put together some nifty links on cultural appropriation along with the “is my costume racist checklist”. And best of all, it’s not just for Halloween, you can use these tips year-round! Can you say pimps and hos party? Let me know in the comments below what are some of the worst Halloween costumes you’ve seen. I also want to know what you dressed up as this year. I was Medusa and my costume was pretty epic, if I must say so myself. Thanks so much, guys, and I’ll see you guys later.