‘Transphobic’ Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume sparks outrage
TORONTO — Risqué Halloween costumes are nothing new, but this year, one costume is already drawing the ire of the Internet for its “transphobic” nature.
It mimics the outfit Caitlyn Jenner wore on her iconic Vanity Fair cover. The costume consists of “a white padded top and matching shorts as well as a brunette wig so that you can dress as the softer side of the popular Olympian. A sash that says, ‘Call me Caitlyn’ also comes with the set so that there will be no mistaking who you are dressed as this Halloween.”
Thousands have signed a Change.org petition which calls on the company behind the costume, Spirit Halloween, to stop selling it.
“With a reputation of sexist, racist, and culturally appropriative costumes, we are concerned that this costume will continue your oppressive tradition with [this] transphobic costume.”
“Do not turn Cailtyn Jenner into a costume.”
The company’s publicist told The Daily News that “Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year,” and that “Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her.”
In the costume description, however, it says that when you wear this outfit like Caitlyn did, “you’ll be sure to get a few laughs out of your friends.”
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The company also sells what it calls a “hilarious Tranny Granny Men’s Costume” that it advertises will also “have the room roaring with laughter!” Its “Pocahottie” costume, meanwhile, encourages shoppers to “Go native on Halloween.”
Here’s some of the reaction pouring in to the Caitlyn Jenner costume online:
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