“My culture is not a costume”, this is the hashtag that has been going around quite some time now since Halloween is around the corner. People want to make clear that dressing up as someone else’s culture is not acceptable. A culture is something that people cherish and that you should respect. Not something that you should dress up as whenever you feel like it. And the same goes for dressing up as another race or mocking someone’s religion.
You’d think that a celebration such as Halloween is something fun where little children dress up in quirky costumes and go trick or treating, but this can turn into a distasteful game really quickly.
I'm dressing as an oppressed Muslim woman this Halloween
— Mak Hayem Kucing™ (@POZboySG) October 27, 2015
Besides people doing blackface and wearing Native American headdresses, Muslims couldn’t miss on this list. Even though most of us don’t celebrate Halloween, we sure do inspire many costumes out there. And these days, you don’t even have to ask your Muslim friend to lend you some ‘face things’, like this one particular girl did.
— Ismat Sarah Mangla (@ismat) October 28, 2014
All you have to do today is look out on the internet. You can find it all , from ‘fancy burqa dress’ to ‘attractive Muslim costumes’. Or for the men out there, don’t worry. A beard and turban with a bomb attached to the belly or an Osama Bin Laden costume, the possibilities are endless.
this guy came into my work wearing a "muslim man" halloween costume and I wanted to drag him so bad but I wouldve gotten fired :://://
— terrell (@concupiscent) October 11, 2015
So, people can dress up as ‘Muslims’ on Halloween but can we keep in mind how many times Muslims are ridiculed for living their faith. Muslim women are being laughed at, threatened and sometimes even killed for wearing any type of veil. Muslim men with beards who are called wife beaters and Isis members ,but you want to be a Muslim for a day? And while they’ll still be laughed at and threatened, you can just go on with your life next day.
every racist halloween costume starts with "wouldn't it be funny if…"
no, no it wouldn't.
— neil mccauley (@the_blueprint) October 26, 2015
That’s why cultural/religious costumes are harmful. People are often ridiculed for wearing their own cultural or religious pieces, so when you decide to make fun of it and wear it as a costume it’s really infuriating.
In general I avoid going outside on Halloween because in the past ppl have thought my EVERYDAY clothing was a 'Muslim costume' =__= #Halifax
— Hali__Rose (@Hali__Rose) October 19, 2015
Considering to dress up in a law graduation outfit for halloween because a Muslim educated in law can be really threatening apparently…
— aymann.com (@aymanndotcom) October 18, 2015
As a black african muslim, the most offensive time of the year is definitely halloween.
— amal ¤ D-283 (@changministan) October 13, 2015
So even though going as a ‘seductive Muslim nurse’ might be more original than going as Batman, at least Batman won’t make you look like an ignorant human being.