UM. What is going on in these people's heads?!
Halloween is my favorite time of the year. Even when I don't have any big plans or some ridiculous, extravagant, over-the-top costume party to go to, I still get dressed up and take to the bars for a crawl with my friends. Halloween is definitely the best, and no one does it as well as New Yorkers.
But despite all the fun that comes with Halloween, every year there are more than a few people who just fail at it. It's one thing to dress up as Sarah Palin, and no one has any clue who you are, but it's an entirely different thing to dress up in something that is completely, disgustingly offensive. And, of course, the latter happens way more than it should, because apparently, people have yet to get the memo that tragedies just don't make for funny or even tolerable costumes.
Although each year some photo of a jackass in black face goes viral, or someone glorifying a terrorist attack makes the headlines, it doesn't stop people from realizing that those "costumes" aren't costumes at all, but just evil displays of how obtuse humanity can be. I'm all for being creative and maybe even indulging in a little bit of a shock value, but when it devalues someone’s life, belittles their death, or mocks an international tragedy, then, I mean, come on! Do I really even need to tell you how awful it is? Not sure what constitutes a Halloween fail? Here, let me give you some examples of costumes and pranks that just went horribly wrong. RIP society, you guys.
1. Trayvon Martin Costume
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In February of 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was murdered by racist and all around ignorant "neighborhood watch" guard, George Zimmerman. After Zimmerman was acquitted in July 2013, the thinking part of the country was once again forced to re-examine the persistent racism in the United States. However, some parts of the country did not see the murder of Martin or Zimmerman's acquittal as that big of deal, because, well, 'Murica.
Last Halloween two men from Florida, dressed up as Zimmerman and Martin (with black face to boot), and actually had the audacity to post the photo on social media. In the photo, these two men, if we can even call them that, mocked the murder of the 17-year-old, with the guy portraying Zimmerman pointing a finger gun to the man portraying Martin. I can't help but wonder what their parents thought, if anything at all.
2. Burning Twin Towers Costume
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The fact that almost 3,000 people died on September 11th, 2001, and the death toll continues to climb as first responders die from 9/11-related illnesses, didn't seem to have much of a bearing on the decision of two girls to dress up as the burning Twin Towers.
The two British girls not only wore the offensive mock towers, but actually included models of the crashing planes and people falling to their death, all with American flags on their heads. In addition to the completely disgusting costumes, they were named "Best Dressed" at a nightclub, which is clearly just as clueless and insensitive as the two girls. One of the girls' father is a pilot; hopefully she's still grounded.
3. Bloodied Asiana Airlines Flight Attendants
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In July 2013, an Asiana Airline departed from Incheon International Airport bound for San Francisco. Just before descending into SFO, the plane crashed. There were several injuries, many critical, and three deaths.
During the crash, three flight attendants, still strapped to their seats, where hurled onto the runway, and luckily survived. It was these surviving flight attendants that, for three guys in Chicago, seemed like the ideal Halloween costume, as they showed up to a bar in ripped flight attendant uniforms and covered in fake blood. They put some heavy-duty racism in the mix, but mocking the Asian ethnicity of the flight attendants with racist nametags on their costumes, as well because if you're going to be cruel, you might as well do it at 200 percent, as opposed to only 50 percent.
4. "Anna Rexia" Costume
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When I asked a friend the most offensive Halloween costumes, without even the slightest hesitation, she mentioned the "Anna Rexia," costume she'd seen on a girl in a bar a few years ago. I thought she was either kidding or confused, until she sent me a link.
The "Anna Rexia" costume (Get it?), is high up on the offensive scale, because there's a company that actually makes it, markets it, then sells it, as if eating disorders are no big thing. At least you're not going to find a Trayvon Martin costume at your local Halloween store, or at least I would hope not, but I can't say I'd be totally surprised if one was made available for purchase.
Although there's a petition on change.org, to stop further production of the anorexia mocking costume, it doesn't seem to have resulted in any positive change as of yet.
5. Julianne Hough As Crazy Eyes
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I love Orange Is the New Black just as much as anyone. In fact, I could binge watch it once a week, because that's how much I love it. But if I'm going to portray a character from it, you better believe I'm going to make sure I'm not going to choose one of the African American actresses. But I'm not Julianne Hough.
Last Halloween Hough ruffled more than a few feathers when she went to a Halloween party as Crazy Eyes (played by the amazing Uzo Aduba.) It may seem innocent enough, especially because she was paying homage to a character and a show she clearly loves, but the problem is that the black face she wore has its roots steeped in racism from when the African American community was both mocked by whites and, not being allowed to act in the theatre, were negatively stereotyped by white actors. Hough tweeted her apology, and the world seemed to forgive her and move on. Let's see if she can behave this year.
6. A Man Pretends To Murder His Wife In Front Of His Children
In a failed attempt at a Halloween "prank," a husband and wife in Illinois decided it would be really funny to scare the living sh*t out of their kids by faking a murder. So, in front of their two children between the ages of six and eight, the man (wearing a Mike Meyers from Halloween mask) proceeded to strangle his wife, which is always a great idea.
The kids, clearly terrified out of their mind, booked it to a neighbor's house where 911 was called and the cops came to check out the situation… where they realized that this particular couple is pretty much the worst at not just pranking, but parenting. No word on how many years of therapy those two kids will need to recover.
7. An Abusive Wife
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Making light of abuse is never nice, but some woman in Detroit last year thought it would be quite a delightful Halloween costume to be an "abusive wife," when she participated in pub crawl.
With herself dressed as the abuser and her boyfriend dressed as the victim (with a bloody nose), the two extremely confused individuals went out to enjoy their evening. However, somewhere along the line things took a turn for the worst and, as they say, life imitated "art;" the woman was arrested for beating her boyfriend in a restaurant. In this case, we don’t have just stupidity, but irony, too.
8. Hurricane Katrina Looter
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Remember when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast back in 2005? Remember what it did to the Southern part of the United States, Louisiana especially, and all the damage it caused, along with the death of almost 2,000 people, and the displacement of thousands more? That was really funny, right? Yeah, totally.
After photos of looters made it to the media, some really great, compassionate human beings thought it would be a good idea to mock the tragedy that descended upon that part of the country. Not only did they laugh it up as they made fun of displaced victims, but they also pulled the reprehensible black face. Nothing says you love your fellow countrymen like laughing in the face of their devastation.
9. Boston Marathon Bombing Costume
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Because apparently the suffering of others is always a good time, a woman in Michigan decided to dress up as Boston Marathon bombing victim, by covering herself in blood and wearing a runner's number. She even wore the offensive costume to work, and for some reason wasn’t fired on the spot – she actually posted photos of herself at work in her "costume," on her social media accounts.
Although the 22-year-old Alicia Ann Lynch ended up regretting her costume, because of the well-deserved criticism, she certainly didn't expect the death threats that followed. She claimed that she, her parents, and even her best friend were the victim of vicious death threats, and was told by someone that they were going to "slit her throat." While I will never condone death threats or violence in anyway, I do hope this moron has learned a lesson. Maybe next year she can be Tinkerbell or something else that doesn't conjure up memories of terrorism and murder.
10. A Halloween-Obsessed Teenager Accidentally Hangs Himself
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Although it happened a month before Halloween, a Halloween-loving 16-year-old, in an attempt to scare his sister, hanged himself in the front yard of his Kentucky home. According to the teen's mother, the boy was a big fan of Halloween and his pranks were not reserved for just October 31st.
Tragically, after spotting his body, the mother and sister were unable to lift him out of the noose in time to save him, and he died 12 hours later. Before the accident, he and his family had spent the day putting up Halloween decorations.