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U Of CO Prohibits ‘Offensive’ Halloween Costumes

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

University tells students they can’t wear ‘offensive’ Halloween costumes including cowboys, Indians, and anything with a sombrero

By Alex Greig | 24 October 2013

A U.S. university has told its students to avoid all ‘offensive’ costumes during this year’s Halloween celebrations. In a letter from Dean of Students Christina Gonzales, students at the University of Colorado Boulder were told to consider the impact their costumes could have on others.

Isn’t that the point of Halloween costumes? But isn’t this limiting their freedom of expression?

Among the themes students were asked to avoid were anything that portrays a particular culture as ‘over-sexualized’ including Japanese geisha costumes or dressing up as a ‘squaw’ (indigenous woman).

Wait a cotton picking minute. There better be an exemption for male transvestites.

Also on the list were ‘crude stereotypes’ such as cowboys and Indians, any costume with a sombrero, ‘white trash’ and ‘ghetto’ associated costumes.

And we suspect that dressing up as hobos or witches, which were both popular in our day, are right out. But we wonder if you can dress up like Ward Churchill or even Elizabeth Warren?

Gonzales also asked students not to host parties that may offend others, including those with ‘crime or sex work’ themes.

So now there are ‘crime workers’ as well as ‘sex workers’?

‘Making the choice to dress up as someone from another culture, either with the intention of being humorous or without the intention of being disrespectful, can lead to inaccurate and hurtful portrayals of other people’s cultures,’ wrote Gonzeles [sic].

‘When you dress up as a cowboy, and you have your sheriff badge on and a big cowboy hat, that’s not a representation of a cowboy, that’s not a representation of people who work on a ranch that’s not a representation of people who live in the West, that’s kind of a crude stereotype,’ Hilliard said.

Because cowboys never wore big hats. And it hurts them for anyone to say they ever did.

Last year, a sorority at Penn State drew criticism for holding a Mexican-themed party where party-goers dressed up in stereotypical sombreros, mustaches and ponchos…

Because Mexicans never wore sombreros or ponchos. And it is a racial slur to suggest they ever did.

At Ohio State University, a student group’s annual Halloween poster campaign called ‘We’re a Culture, Not a Costume’ to remind students of the real offense their costumes could cause.

Thank goodness our universities are teaching the really important things.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “U Of CO Prohibits ‘Offensive’ Halloween Costumes”

  1. I’m a cowboy every day. Try and make me change clothes. I dare you ..

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Steve said:

    Wait a cotton picking minute.

    Racist!

    (sarc)

  3. ” ….‘white trash’ and ‘ghetto’ associated costumes……”

    Isn’t that the normal daily ‘costume’ of 99% of the student body?

  4. yadayada

    aren’t they supposed to be encouraging diversity? apparently you may only dress as yourself in your everyday attire.
    no witch costumes – offends wiccans (ditto for ghosts)……no Vikings – offends odinists……. no vampires – offends anyone on welfare…..no frankenstein – offends anyone who voted for Kerry……no zombies – anyone who votes democrat

    what’s left?

  5. canary

    Our university gave didn’t want multiracial students to have their orientation with those dirty white students, and gave them their own separate orientation of fun and games. Michello’s thesis must be behind growing segregation, because she like her husband had unfounded complexes from paranoia and thinking they could read minds.


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