Scroll down this Bustle article for top tips for dressing up for Halloween without being culturally insensitive - some of it will feel obvious, some less so. It's very easy for people to get defensive at this time of year about their costume choices. But it's even easier to have a rethink and come up with a costume that's original and funny without punching down on an oppressed minority!
Mikki Kendall's 4 suggestions are:
- Pick a celeb that looks like you and choose an iconic moment from their career
- Be a monster, or a pun, or your favourite meme
- Be a character from your favourite book, tv show or film - aka cosplay!
- Be utterly random.
And while you may have convinced yourself that as long as your intentions are good, then it's okay, the reality is that impact outweighs intentions. Your friends may know you mean no harm — maybe you even have a Black, Asian, or NDN friend that tells you that they're not offended. And maybe for that one person (who knows you, cares about you, and wants to think the best of you), that's even true. But they aren't the only people who will see your "not really / ironically racist" costume. Whether your pics wind up going viral on Twitter or some stranger at the event sees your fake feather headdress and has that “Oh ... this stranger is maybe a little or a lot racist” stomach drop that makes them avoid you all night, your costume will have hurt someone.