Halloween Time

Costumes like this:

Spawn campaigns like this:

Spawn hordes of people telling the campaign makers to shut up and learn to take a joke. You can see the development of the meme here. Take a look at some of the parodies on the site, like this one:

It’s kind of funny, but it clearly shows a dog being upset about a dog costume, whereas the point of the original ad was that the costumes are not representative of the person holding it. That there’s a reason more peoples dress up as geishas than as the dowager empress. There are reasons that more people dress up as a suicide bomber than Suheir Hammad. And that’s because through various channels, we’ve been taught to think that suicide bombers are a better representation of Arabs and Arab Americans than female poets. We’ve been taught that escorts are a better representation of Asians than politicians. And we’ve been taught that Halloween is a free pass (think Mean Girls. Think “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”).

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