You know, and piss off pretty much the whole world?
At least two online retailers released a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume on Tuesday, and predictably, the world is NOT having it. Spirit Halloween, anytimecostumes.com and Wholesalehalloweencostumes.com all have their own version of “The Caitlyn Jenner” costume, which ranges from 49.90 to 80 dollars.
The Wholesale Halloween Costumes ad features a pudgy, pasty male model wearing a wig and a white unitard that mimics the outfit Caitlyn Jenner wore for her Vanity Fair July 2015 cover. The costume also includes a pageant banner reading “Call Me Caitlyn” and says that “you’ll be sure to get a few laughs out of your friends and the other guests.”
The backlash to the costume was immediate, though I can kinda see both sides of the issue, provided they get a different person to model the costume, so it doesn’t seem like a big joke. Spirit Halloween publicist Trisha Lombardo said she personally didn’t see any problem with it.
“Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year, and Spirit Halloween is proud (of) the costume that celebrates her,” she said.
The comment prompted transgender activist Addison Vincent to launch a Change.org petition urging Spirit Halloween to re-think the costume:
“Do not turn Caitlyn Jenner into a costume. Your profit will only lead to greater transphobia and marginalization of an already at-risk community,” Vincent wrote to Lombardo and her company.
Vincent Villano of the National Center for Transgender Equality added that “there’s no tasteful way to ‘celebrate’ Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters.”
(Via NY Daily News)
What do you think- is this costume offensive or celebratory? WEIGH IN BELOW!
Photos: VanityFair, Wholesale Halloween Costumes