Halloween is fast approaching and men, women and children are gearing up for a horrifyingly sweet-filled night of sprite and fright.
Everyone is in the process of picking a costume to wear. You’ve got kids who will dress as sweet little Elsa and Anna. And then you’ve got little psychopaths in the making dressing as Jason X or Freddy Krueger.
And this time of year is meant to be fun! Dress to impress. BUT try not to cause offence.
No one should wear blackface, or wear costumes which stereotype a certain group of people based off of race or religion. And you should always carefully consider how certain costumes may make people feel.
Politicians and celebrities have continuously slipped up on this sensitive topic. The likes of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to recently apologise for imitating a black person at a party back in 2001. The likes of Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann also have made errors, when he darkened his face to imitate a basketball player.
But more recently people have received backlash for simply dressing up as a Disney Princess. The main source of outrage comes from the imitation of Asian and Black Disney Princess’. Characters such as Tiana from The Princess and the Frog, Princess Jasmine from Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan and Moana.
In an article on Vice, they claim that, “Many people of colour feel belittled when they see their race, ethnicity, or culture turned into a costume.”
Outrage on certain costumes is perfectly justifiable. But Disney Princess’ is where the line should be drawn.
Kids dress up as these characters as they feel empowered and inspired by them. That’s the whole point of Disney’s existence right? And to tell a child they can’t dress up like their favourite Disney Princess as it is offensive, is ridiculous.
Enjoy Halloween, dress to impress and embrace this blood curdling, bone chilling, boo-tiful annual event! BUT know your limits.