A Caitlyn Jenner costume being sold by retailers for Halloween has sparked a social media firestorm from critics who say the dress up insults transgender people and promotes stereotypes.
No, just no! This is not acceptable and is not ok in any shape, way or form!
How can the transgender community ever hope to feel supported and included in society if one of their own is being made a mockery of?
Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star known as Bruce, came out as transgender this year and introduced herself in a Vanity Fair cover story that earned international attention.
A change.org petition launched on Monday is demanding that Spirit Halloween, a costume company with over 1,100 locations in the United States and Canada, stop producing and selling the costume, which includes a brunette wig, shiny white padded bustier and shorts resembling the outfit Jenner wore in the Vanity Fair cover photo. The petition had about 2,700 signatures by Tuesday afternoon.
“Trans is not a costume. Even though Caitlyn is a public figure and I could understand someone wanting to celebrate her as a hero and as a public figure, this could definitely take on a transphobic vibe,” Addison Rose Vincent, an activist who started the petition, said in an interview.
The petition criticized the costume for making light of a community that faces serious challenges, including violence, suicide, homelessness and unemployment.
“To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse,” Vincent, 22, wrote in the petition.
The costume set also includes a pageant sash that reads, “Call Me Caitlyn,” the Vanity Fair cover headline.
“You can dress as the softer side of the popular Olympian,” the Anytime Costumes description states.
“You probably won’t break any Twitter records when you wear this outfit like Caitlyn did when she first made her account, but you’ll be sure to get a few laughs out of your friends and the other guests at the get together,” the description states.
What do you think of this Halloween outfit? Is it offensive or just a bit of fun?
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