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TOPIC: Culture is not a costume

Culture is not a costume 03 Nov 2015 12:27 #8358

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I was at the West Hollywood Halloween Parade for halloween, and I had so much fun with my friends! However, I couldn't help but notice something that irked me. I saw so many people dressed up as Native Americans, Geishas, and other stereotypes of cultures. These costumes picked fun at the cultures they represented, and gave the sense that the cultures were just fun costumes. These cultures, specifically native american culture, are still struggling for recognition, and experienced so much brutality from Europeans in our history. Wearing stereotypical or sometimes even fetishized costumes on halloween and degrading members of the culture as well as the traditional dress the costumes are based on is just completely insensitive. I know many people don't realize this, but I hope soon that we will re-evaluate the severe social consequences of wearing this kind of costume, and learn to respect the cultures of others.
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Culture is not a costume 08 Nov 2015 21:39 #8423

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While I respect your personal opinion of Halloween costumes and how they can be disrespectful of other people's culture, I believe that today, we are too politically correct in how we approach something as celebrated as Halloween. While maybe dressing up as sexy Indian or a seductive geisha may come across as borderline inappropriate, what about the traditional witch costume, which has been around forever. I ask about the witch costume, as if you think about where it originates from, women during the Salem Witch Trials were literally burned at the stake for being considered a 'witch' but more so for being considered different in the mainstream society at that time. While some may have truly been a 'witch,' being burned at the stake seems horrible, disgusting and inhumane, even for the times back then. However, today during Halloween, we make a mockery of these women with warted noses and broomsticks. My point is, to be considered 'offensive' by wearing inappropriate costumes can be taken to extremes, so instead of worrying about offending one another, can we just enjoy a holiday as fun as Halloween without all of the political correctness?

Please respect my opinion, as I am not trying to insult others.
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Culture is not a costume 08 Nov 2015 22:20 #8429

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Halloween is all in good fun... most of the time. In my opinion as long as your not degrading or poking racially at a particular culture it should be a pass and taken as a compliment. As a black american I would be Highly offended if someone was to be a "black face" for halloween more so because thats what the "white man" thought of to imitate and further degrade blacks but if they were to be an egyptin/african queen/king I would be flattered. That is the difference between disrespect and flattery.
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