Halloween will soon be upon us, and as such, people will soon be coming out of the woodwork to dress up in run-of-the-mill racist and sexist costumes.
Amid a sea of white people dressing up as Pocahontas and Trayvon Martin are the uniquely-2018 costumes that attempt to take on pop culture in politics in offensive ways.
Trump’s border wall
For the Make America Great Again crowd, Amazon sells the “Trump Mexico Will Pay Zip up Costume Jumpsuit.” Created by the Costume Agent company, this 90 percent Nylon jumpsuit is unisex and comes with a caveat:
This costume is political satire referencing Donald Trump during his political campaign. It is not meant to offend anyone. This costume was originally created for Krewe du Vieux Carré.# p #5_25 # ad skipped = true #
That message appears to have missed some of the product reviewers, one of whom claimed they were going to buy four of them because they “can’t wait to see the looks on all the liberal’s faces at the Halloween party!”
While there will invariably be people dressing up as former Playboy model-turned-Trump-mistress Stormy Daniels for Halloween, the lingerie company Yandy took it to a new level when they included not only an overblown cleavage insert in it’s “Cloudy Affair Costume,” but also an illustration of a mushroom.
Yandy noted that neither the blonde wig nor the mushroom — an infamous reference to the president’s genitalia — comes with the costume.
Oh god the Brett Kavanaugh Halloween costumes# p #10_25 # ad skipped = true #
— Asawin Suebsaeng (@swin24) September 19, 2018# p #11_25 # ad skipped = true #
My Halloween costume for the next 25 years: Brett Kavanaugh.# p #12_25 # ad skipped = true #
— Matt Rooney (@MattRooneyNJ) September 6, 2018# p #13_25 # ad skipped = true #
How many of those Bros’ other Bros are gonna sexually harass girls while they are wearing edgy Brett Kavanaugh costumes 🙄# p #14_25 # ad skipped = true #
— Doctor Photograph (@PhotographDr) October 12, 2018# p #15_25 # ad skipped = true #
Dressing up like newly-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh would be both simple and topical given how ubiquitous the Trump appointee accused of sexually assaulting multiple women as a teen became in the past few months. With the context of alcohol-laden college parties, however, it also would be one of the most offensive costumes to wear in 2018.
A sexual assault pun
Howie Feltersnatch, licensed Gynecologist and his nurse assistant pic.twitter.com/WC2h8zrqMx# p #17_25 # ad skipped = true #
— tyler (@EastmanTyler) November 1, 2017# p #18_25 # ad skipped = true #
Though the “Dr. Howie Feltersnatch” gynecologist costume has been for sale for years, it takes new meaning in 2018 as the #MeToo movement rings in its first year. Given the prominence of the Larry Nassar story, Halloween partiers should think twice before donning that fake physician’s coat.
Sexy Border Patrol agent
The “Dreamgirl Agent Norma Swall” costume takes the unique distinction of being both racist and sexist. As a “sexy” Border Patrol agent, a woman can both be objectified and representative of an agency tasked with increasingly brutal immigration enforcement policies.
While variations of “Arab,” “Saudi” and “Sheik” have long been a preferred costume of the culturally insensitive, dressing as a member of the Saudi royal family this Halloween takes on an additional layer of cruelty in light of the likely murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Honorable mention: Sexy Handmaid
Yandy’s “Brave Red Maiden” costume — a “sexy” version of the uniforms worn by the oppressed women of The Handmaid’s Tale — was so thoroughly-covered that it was both removed from the lingerie-selling website and is now nearly impossible to find for sale online. Nonetheless, it perfectly exemplified the ubiquitous “sexy”-fication of women’s Halloween costumes.