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Someone’s Planning to Sell a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume (Seriously)

Culture

Someone’s Planning to Sell a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume (Seriously)

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Halloween is arguably the only day of the year when you don’t necessarily need to worry about pushing buttons, but every year some costumes still manage to cross the line. Already in the running for this year’s most offensive getup, costume retailer Spirit Halloween is selling a Caitlyn Jenner-inspired outfit. The costume, based on Jenner’s widely recognizable Vanity Fair cover, is being modeled on the site by a burly looking man. Caitlyn’s supporters and gender-activists alike set the twitter-sphere ablaze today in response to the costume, rightfully calling the move “transphobic” and “disgusting.”

Claiming they meant no harm, Spirit Halloween, defended the getup:

“At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes,” said Lisa Barr, senior director of marking at Spirit Halloween. “We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that.”

In response to Barr’s statement, transfeminine genderqueer activist, Addison Rose Vincent, launched a Change.org petition that has already racked up more than 3,000 supporters. Here’s an excerpt from her petition:

“If your intent was truly to celebrate our community by having a costume of trans hero, you should have seriously considered trailblazers from Stonewall such as Miss Major, Marsha P Johnson, or Sylvia Rivera, but with your record of problematic costumes it seems best to avoid turning anyone in our community into a costume for your own profit. Do not turn Cailtyn Jenner into a costume. Your profit will only lead to greater transphobia and marginalization of an already at-risk community.”