Sigh. It’s only August and this year’s crop of offensive and #problematic Halloween costumes are already starting to roll in. AnytimeCostumes.com is selling this “Call Me Caitlyn” costume in its men’s section, offering dudes (well, the costume is “unisex” but let’s be real) the chance to “dress as the softer side of the popular Olympian,” aka Caitlyn Jenner, in an outfit based on her Vanity Fair cover look. The description for the costume tries to disguise its transphobia by couching it in compliments about Jenner’s “picture perfect look,” but the fact remains that Caitlyn is a whole human being, and a woman specifically, not the “softer side” of the former Bruce Jenner.
While dressing up as a celebrity in an iconic look is generally totally acceptable for Halloween, it is NOT okay to turn a marginalized person’s identity into a costume “to get a few laughs out of your friends.
You’ll be happy to know that the vast majority of commenters on the site heartily disagree with McDonell-Parry’s politically correct but “sad-trombone” take.
“Did some young & earnestly naive scribe with a couple of soft “science” courses under their belt just SERIOUSLY refer to Bruce/Kaitlyn Jenner as a “marginalized” person?!?” asked one commenter incredulously.
Another commenter simply laughed, “Ha ha ha ha ha! What a pathetic complaint. Get a life.”