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Why a New Halloween Costume Based on a TV Personality Is Being Called ‘Disgusting’

Aug 25, 2015  •  Post A Comment

One new Halloween costume this year is getting a lot of buzz — much of it negative. The fuss is all about costumes based on Caitlyn Jenner, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“News that several costume companies, including Spirit Halloween and Anytime Costumes, plan to sell a unisex Caitlyn Jenner costume for this year’s Halloween festivities blazed across social media, as commenters expressed outrage over what one called ‘transmisogyny,'” the story reports.

A petition has been launched on change.org to try to convince Spirit, reportedly the nation’s largest Halloween retailer, to abandon plans for the Caitlyn costume. The Times reports that 3,425 people had signed the petition by midday today.

The report quotes Spirit spokeswoman Trisha Lombardo defending the costume idea in an interview with the New York Daily News.

Lombardo is quoted saying: “Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year. Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her.”

A number of Twitter users lashed out against the costume. Wrote one: “the caitlyn jenner halloween costumes are disgusting. being trans isn’t a ‘costume’ and treating it as such is ignorant & transphobic.”

3 Comments

  1. Oh come on…being a policeman isn’t a “costume” either (or a fireman or doctor) but no one is getting their noses out of joint over it. “Transmisogyny” ???? What ??? If Bruce/Caitlyn is so “mainstream” why is there such “outrage” ?? Methinks thou dost protest too LOUDLY. It’s actually “accepting” of Caitlyn that there are costumes.

  2. Give it a rest…it’s hilarious. What is “disgusting” is an old man/woman being named Caitlyn! Now that’s obnoxious.

  3. I find nothing wrong with the costume; even legally, Jenner, as a public persona, like politicians, is a public figure, and is considered “fair game”. I don’t find the costume disgusting. What I find disgusting is Jenner capitalizing on his change to the extreme. What I find disgusting is that, according to the media, people like Kim Kardashian and Caitlin Jenner and Donald Trump must be about the three most newsworthy people in the world.

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