Yes, There's A Tasteless Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume For Sale
Halloween is that time of year where you might learn a thing or two about people based on their costumes—like if they're racist or transphobic. With about two months to go before October 31, the tasteless costumes are already rolling in, including one that replicates the outfit Caitlyn Jenner wore on her Vanity Fair cover—and people are livid, reasonably so.The Jenner costume comes with a white padded top, matching shorts, a brunette wig, and a sash that says "Call Me Caitlyn," "so that there will be no mistaking who you are dressed as this Halloween," the description says on Anytimecostumes.com, a website that's selling the costume. It also says, "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."
Yes, because it's so funny to laugh at transgender people, a group that has been marginalized, and are victims of transphobic violence. At the end of July, the Advocate reported that 18 transgender women were murdered in just 2015.
Spirit Halloween, a fall pop-up costume store with locations across the country, told the New York Daily News last week that they'll also be selling the offensive costume in about a month's time. Mind you, Spirit Halloween got in some heat last year for selling costumes of Slender Man, a fictional online character whom two Wisconsin teens said they tried to please in the alleged fatal stabbing of their friend.
In response to the backlash surrounding the Jenner costume, Spirit Halloween's PR and Marketing head, Trisha Lombardo, told the Daily News, "Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year, and Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her."
Though, not everyone buys that. Addison Vincent of Orange, Calif., started a Change.org petition calling for Spirit Halloween to pull the costume. Vincent writes:
To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse. In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community. At a time when trans women and GNC folx, especially black trans women, are being murdered at such a high rate, and homelessness, unemployment, and inaccessbility to healthcare run rampant in our community, making fun of one or all of us is utterly insensitive and deplorable.
Vincent Villano of the National Center for Transgender Equality shares the same sentiments. He told the Huffington Post: "There's no tasteful way to 'celebrate' Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters."
The "Call Me Caitlyn" costume is being sold on a couple of other websites, including Wholesalehalloween.com, and Costumesupercenter.com. Those sites, including Anytimecostumes.com still have the Jenner costumes available for purchase.