A Halloween costume modeled after Caitlyn Jenner has been slammed as transphobic by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activists. Protesters launched a petition seeking to stop production of the “Call Me Caitlyn Unisex Adult Costume,” which is being sold online for $49.90 to $74.99. The costume is now sold out in all sizes.
“To Spirit Halloween: We demand that you revoke your ideas and production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume for Halloween,” read the Change.org petition, which was posted Aug. 25. “With a reputation of sexist, racist, and culturally appropriative costumes, we are concerned that this costume will continue your oppressive tradition with a transphobic costume of Caitlyn Jenner.”
Petitioners demanded that Spirit Halloween stop selling the Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume immediately, saying it marginalizes transgender individuals and furthers transphobia.
“Caitlyn Jenner is a hero and celebrated in modern day culture, but that doesn’t excuse the exploitation and transphobia you’ll be committing this Halloween,” read the petition. “To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse.”
While Spirit Halloween insisted it is celebrating the former Bruce Jenner’s sex change with its unisex costume, the item has been removed from the outlet’s website.
“At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes,” marketing director Lisa Barr told NBC News. “We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and she should be celebrated.”
Several other retailers are selling the “Call Me Caitlyn Unisex Adult Costume,” including Anytime Costumes and Wholesale Halloween Costumes. The costume comes with a “Call Me Caitlyn” pageant sash, padded bustier, shorts and a wig. The costume is modeled after Caitlyn Jenner’s June 2015 Vanity Fair cover, where she officially came out as a transgender woman.
Did Caitlyn Get Penis Removal Surgery?
Caitlyn, who was previously married three times (to women), recently suggested she’s a lesbian because she’s sexually attracted to women, not men. However, Jenner indicated she may be open to dating men because she has no idea if she might develop an attraction to guys in the future.
“I’ve only been with women,” Caitlyn, 65, said on her reality show, “I Am Cait. “”I have bigger things to worry about than an orgasm. I don’t know. I’ve never been with a guy.”
While Jenner previously denied getting penis removal surgery, it appears she may already have gotten the sex change operation after unveiling her seamless swimsuit body on “I Am Cait.” Moments after stepping out in a body-hugging white swimsuit, Caitlyn felt relieved at finally being able to wear a bathing suit in public.
“I did it! I got the bathing suit on,” Caitlyn gushed. “In the water it was nerve-wracking, but it felt very freeing. And I did see my reflection in the glass door. I looked pretty good!”