A Caitlyn Jenner costume is one of the newest offerings for the up-and-coming Halloween season, which has already conjured major backlash today. This Caitlyn costume channels Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover shoot when she debuted as a woman for the first time in public.
Kim Kardashian, Snooki, Paris Hilton, Cher and many more women have had Halloween costumes created in their image and with Caitlyn on TV vying for that piece of glamour, why would anyone expect that she would be immune from a Halloween creation? The costume is considered in “bad taste,” “disgraceful,” “hurtful” and “transphobic,” by the many commenters online today, according to MSN News on August 25.
That would depend on what you were planning to do with the costume. If you donned some attractive makeup, slipped into the white shorts, put on the padded top and styled the wig with a flare of glamour, then you’ve changed the concept. The costume is topped off with a sash that gets draped over the shoulder like a beauty contestant. The sash says “Call Me Caitlyn.”
Caitlyn is into glamour and if people wore this to depict an image of beauty, then this would be a complement, turning this costume right around. Maybe the best protest would be to dress as Caitlyn by mimicking her mode of dressing classy and feminine. Even ET Online is referring to the costume as a “potentially ‘transphobic’ Caitlyn Jenner costume. The key word her seems to be “potentially,” which means it has that potential, but only if you let it.
The ad for the costume, which is created by the company Spirit Halloween, shows a man with a 5 o’clock shadow dressed as Caitlyn. This ad is not offering the costume as a form of glamour and it does have an air or ridicule about it. One of the commenters said, “Why would you produce a Halloween costume for @Caitlyn_Jenner? That’s basically saying trans is all a joke as its only fake?”
People have been ridiculed in Halloween costumes for decades, what about the Halloween costume that was popular for years, the pregnant nun? That’s just one example. This one man in a costume playing the role of Caitlyn Jenner does not mean that the world is behind this. There have been so many inappropriate costumes in the past degrading people from all walks of life.
Remember the woman they called Octomom? Well her costume wasn’t very flattering. Kim Kardashian costumes usually have such an exaggerated back side that it looks as if the person wearing it is literally carrying he weight of the world behind them.
Stirring up a major hoopla over one costume is giving it a great deal of free advertising. Instead of condemning this Caitlyn Jenner costume, which does nothing but put it in the headlines, use the costume as you would if you were dressing up like a princess. Wear it and try and look your best. This would nip it in the bud. Start throwing some Caitlyn look-alike pictures online in this costume and make it into something good!
Or you can continue to protest and keep this in the headlines making it one of the top sellers for Halloween because of all the free publicity you are giving this. You know the drill, make lemonade!