Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costumes To Go On Sale Next Month – Tacky or Fabulash?

Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume

 

The New York Daily News is reporting that the seasonal store “Spirit Halloween” will be introducing the Caitlyn Jenner costume to its line of Halloween get-ups this year

‘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,’ Trisha Lombardo, the company’s head of PR said.  ‘At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes. We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that,’

But it seems that trans-activist have a different opinion..

‘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,’ said Vincent Villano, director of communications at the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Sarah Long at SheKnows.com writes:

It comes down to this: People who actually have the gall to buy and wear the Caitlyn Jenner costume are either seeking to demonize Jenner’s courage to come out as a transgender woman, or making a mockery of Jenner’s honest attempt to be herself. It doesn’t “celebrate” her, it makes her the butt of yet another unoriginal joke.

Spirit Halloween knows this, but is willing to overlook the fact to make money. If they’re so desperate for cash, they should try adding more material to their Combat Cutie costume and charging $50 instead of $35 for it. Maybe they can turn more of a profit that way.

What do you think?

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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1 Response

  1. Bob in Chicago says:

    This is kind of a touchy subject and it seems that few people are more touchy these days than the trans community. And perhaps for good reason. There treatment in general is horrendous.

    But to look at it from another perspective it seems that Halloween costumes are not meant to mock or demonize anyone. Caitlyn Jenner is a celebrity and I would think that this costume is meant to reflect the nations interest in her transformation and very public coming out. She was a celebrity before and is a celebrity now. I don’t necessarily agree that “people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters” on Halloween. I would be much more offended if the Caitlyn Jenner costume featured boobs or penises that could be attached and detached. But until we see the actual costume I think we should reserve judgement. If a generic transgender costume was created (whatever that might be) then I would be much more concerned. But again Caitlyn is a national celeb.

What do you think?