Poll: Students launch a poster campaign against racist costume

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2053134/Students-launch-poster-campaign-racist-Halloween-costumes.html
I gotta this have to one of the most pointless and trying to hard to be politically correct things I have seen in a while.
While the Arab suicide bomber costume is offensive and probably shouldn't be worn, everything else is quite tame. The geisha outfit, the Mexican outfit and maybe the ghetto outfit.
Personally, I'm Asian and I went to Halloween as a Viet Cong. So people need to get over and have laugh in life or am I being to racially insentive

This is stupidity on the grandest of scales. If you're that offended by a Halloween costume, please get your head out of your ass. There are real racist in the world that you could be protesting; there are actual injustices that you could stand up against. Sex slavery, starvation, AIDS and holocaust denial, human rights violations the list goes on and on. Why not put your time, money, and energy into something worthwhile!?
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I have no idea why this got me so worked up.

You should have added a "fuck no" option. People need to harden up a little as it's not going to stop so quit whining

This would campaign feels like some previliged upper-middle class kids would do.
"WE HAVE TO RIGHT ALL THE INJUSTICE IN THE WOLRD BY PROTESTING AGAINST RACIST COSTUMES"

This video make some really funny points:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v04IdNPuMlc&feature=channel_video_title

Yeah, we know most middle eastern people aren't suicide bombers. Which is why we don't dress up as them. We dress up as SUICIDE BOMBERS. It doesn't matter what your skin color is, as long as you're wearing dynamite.

Ah, society, the fucked up wretches. Shouldn't there be white guy holding a picture of a successful business man with a briefcase full of a million dollars and a handbook on "How to oppress others for financial gain"?

I liked the first kid who was basically tearing up in righteous indignation. This is not who I am and this is not okay. I wish I knew these people so I could laugh in their face.

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EHKOS:
Yeah, we know most middle eastern people aren't suicide bombers. Which is why we don't dress up as them. We dress up as SUICIDE BOMBERS. It doesn't matter what your skin color is, as long as you're wearing dynamite.

Seriously. Suicide Bomber protestor guy does not get to complain.

It's not like suicide bomber is something bigots made up to make Mulsims or Arabs look bad, they are a real thing in the world that really do kill people.

And dressing up as one is not implying that all Arabs or all Muslims act like that. Unless you start saying that your costume is "A Muslim".

Well... It is halloween right? Arn't you supposed to fear things on halloween?
Arn't those costumes exactly doing that? Excising their worst fears? As in beeing a visual representation of their fear of beeing seen as something like that?

I would say it succeeded at the halloween thought..

First World Problems, when your biggest complaint is related to Halloween costumes.

They should be allowed to wear whatever they want for Halloween.

That being said, I don't want to meet the people responsible for the black girl and the suicide bomber "outfits". I personally find them to be quite tasteless.

People have way too much time on their hands... they need a time consuming hobby... like playing videogames...

I can kinda understand the whole getting pissed at a terrorist costume but what is wrong with the geisha, I mean unless I am misinformed they existed that is how they dressed, so what is wrong with it, also people need a harder skin.

These people need to get their heads outta their asses.

Perhaps I should dress up for halloween as a drunken hockey-fan from Finland.

And while these students spend time on thinking those costumes are racist, children are starving in Africa. I totally see what is more important.

PS: If those costumes are racist then nobody should dress up as zombies as that would clearly be insulting to people who are dead.

I'm dressing up as Hitler, my friend is Stalin. Can we have someone launch a post campaign against us?

My problem with the campaign is that it is racist.

First they don't show anyone making fun of rednecks or any other white stereotype. If it is offensive to dress up like another culture then all cultures should be represented, by the logic of their own argument.

I know that this was designed to highlight minority groups but that's where the problem occurs. Racism can and does effect all races and it wont end until all racism stops not just against minority races.

Personally, I would find it hilarious if someone showed up to a party dressed up in white face and as a redneck.

Sober Thal:
People have way too much time on their hands... they need a time consuming hobby... like playing videogames...

Snip.

Maybe not video games just do anything walk out side you can see stuff 10 times worse day to day on the street get pissed off about that instead.
This is kind of thing annoys me.

It's drawing attention to racist stereotyping. That is, they are asking people to think about them. OMGWTFBBQ!

Cap has "aidditi"...sure I've had that before.

Hm. While I agree that it's uncool to have your culture mocked, I think you have to take a minute to try and work out whether or not any racism is actually intended by the costume.

For example, if I (a European female) were to dress as a 'geisha', it would in no way be in order to denigrate the section of Japanese female society who are geisha. It would be because I think kimono are gorgeous, and the women who wear them are super elegant. I mean, sure, if someone's 'geisha' costume is basically a tiny cherry-blossom print kimono nightie and some overblown red lipstick and rouge, then that's a bit unkind, but you still have to wonder if there's any real hate going on. After all, anyone who dresses like that is only making fun of themselves, in the end.

The suicide bomber is not *necessarily* racist, but is *always* tasteless =(

Still - perhaps protest the KKK, or some group that really *intends* hate toward other cultures?

I think the first pictured is upset because he knows the bomb vest is wired wrong.

He knows very well that they are remotely detonated 8)

Mmm I'm not so sure what to think. On one hand it is quite obviously not what their culture is. I would not expect a Halloween costume to be a good representation at all, so to complain about something I take as a given seems silly to me. On the other hand... some just seem in poor taste. I'll tentatively say it seems alrightish.

Well, I guess I shouldn't wear my Ed Gein outfit this Halloween, it might offend white people. But damn, that nipple belt was tight yo. Guess I'll just have to go as Leatherface again... sigh.

justnotcricket:
Hm. While I agree that it's uncool to have your culture mocked, I think you have to take a minute to try and work out whether or not any racism is actually intended by the costume.

Hey? Surely the posters aren't for people who've gone out of their way to be racist, they are for people who might otherwise do something offensive without thinking of it.

justnotcricket:
Still - perhaps protest the KKK, or some group that really *intends* hate toward other cultures?

Or...maybe do both? There's no upper limit on anti-racist sentiments, you are allowed to condemn the little things without running out of juice to condemn the big things built on it.

Well just wait till they find out about MWF3's suicide bomber.

Idiots being overly sensitive to everything.

oh no the tragedy people are dressing up in costumes for Halloween not long before we're going to have psychics claiming ghost costumes are racist

Hell yeah I support their cause! For too long us zombies have been portrayed as evil, mindless, brain-craving, flesh-eating monsters. We have intelligent conversations and dine on well-rounded meals. We can start this battle with the millions of costumes that are plaguing halloween. It annoys me so whenever some guy tells me I have a great costume and I have to explain to him that it isn't a costume and then bash his head in for being ignorant and then I at like a king.

On a more serious note no I don't think there is really any point to fighting these "racist" costumes sure some may not be the greatest to show around minorities but at the end of it all everyone's joking around and having a good time.

While normally I'm all about cultural sensitivity, this is just ridiculous. While I can understand the suicide bomber one, that is insensitive and offensive, but the rest of them? C'mon lighten up guys. Besides correct me if I'm wrong, but was a geisha girl not at one time a prominent part of Japanese culture?

Exactly. No one should ever dress up as anything ever. Seriously. Kill Halloween.

Frankly, it's dumb. I was mildly surprised there was a thread for it. Those are terrible costumes, as in tasteless and poorly made.
I can understand the message they were trying to get across, but it just gets bogged down with their poor examples and sad faces.
Also, I loved being a geisha for Halloween. My costume was 250% better than the example they used by the way. What are you trying to say University of Ohio? I'm not Asian so I can't be a geisha for Halloween?
I'll be whatever I wanna do! :P

chiggerwood:
This is stupidity on the grandest of scales. If you're that offended by a Halloween costume, please get your head out of your ass. There are real racist in the world that you could be protesting; there are actual injustices that you could stand up against. Sex slavery, starvation, AIDS and holocaust denial, human rights violations the list goes on and on. Why not put your time, money, and energy into something worthwhile!?
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I have no idea why this got me so worked up.

This. So, so much this.

If I could see thise guys now I'd say to them in the most patronisingly saccharine tone, "Well done little ones! You just discovered, and as early as University age too, that you live in a country that values the freedom of its people enough for them to potentially offend you. Now, you can either deal with it, or you can emigrate to a dictatorship where you can never be offended again. Oppressed, tortured and murdered possibly, but at least nobody is going to unsettle that fragile sense of self righteousness you have there... M'kay?"

Honestly. I never thought I'd agree with Daily Mail readers. I feel so unclean.

chiggerwood:
This is stupidity on the grandest of scales. If you're that offended by a Halloween costume, please get your head out of your ass. There are real racist in the world that you could be protesting; there are actual injustices that you could stand up against. Sex slavery, starvation, AIDS and holocaust denial, human rights violations the list goes on and on. Why not put your time, money, and energy into something worthwhile!?
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I have no idea why this got me so worked up.

That ^

Get the hell over it, folks. If you're spending your time on something like this, then you have too much free time. Christ, people get offended by everything these days. Get your priorities straight and go tackle an actual problem.

To answer your question, OP. I don't support their campaign because it's absolutely ridiculous.

Obligatory youtube post

Like he says, Being offended is subjective. Being Minnesotan doesn't mean I get offended by Norwegian jokes, but that doesn't mean it doesn't bother someone else. It's impossible to make a sweeping "THAT X IS OFFENSIVE AND SHOULD BE REMOVED." statement about things.

thaluikhain:

justnotcricket:
Hm. While I agree that it's uncool to have your culture mocked, I think you have to take a minute to try and work out whether or not any racism is actually intended by the costume.

Hey? Surely the posters aren't for people who've gone out of their way to be racist, they are for people who might otherwise do something offensive without thinking of it.

justnotcricket:
Still - perhaps protest the KKK, or some group that really *intends* hate toward other cultures?

Or...maybe do both? There's no upper limit on anti-racist sentiments, you are allowed to condemn the little things without running out of juice to condemn the big things built on it.

Sure, by all means. I have no problem with the capmaign, and the posters are effective and well-produced. The question I have is: where do you draw the line? I go back to my example above - am I not allowed to wear a kimono that I find beautiful because I'm somehow mocking a minority culture? As I said, if you've gone out of your way to *negatively* approach the costume; that is, wear whore makeup and tape your eyes back, for example, then you're obviously being racist. But what if you intend no insult, and your costume does not actually make an insult - it's just cultural dress that happens to belong to a culture other than yours. Lots of Japanese people wear jeans every day - does that mean they're mocking white American culture?

If we're talking about hypersensitivity and making assumptions, I could claim that this poster campaign has the racist subtext that all white people (the majority culture in this case) are racist.

Obviously the examples chosen for the posters are examples of bad costumes. There would be no point to the posters otherwise, and bad, racist costumes do happen and shouldn't. I'd just like to know how much of a culture of paranoia we have to develop about it.

Silverfox99:
My problem with the campaign is that it is racist.

First they don't show anyone making fun of rednecks or any other white stereotype. If it is offensive to dress up like another culture then all cultures should be represented, by the logic of their own argument.

I know that this was designed to highlight minority groups but that's where the problem occurs. Racism can and does effect all races and it wont end until all racism stops not just against minority races.

Personally, I would find it hilarious if someone showed up to a party dressed up in white face and as a redneck.

Pretty much this. I see tons of redneck costumes all the time as well as Roman glad/toga costumes, and other Angloesque shit. But it's ONLY racist if it's against non-whites.

Yes these costumes are in poor taste, but I don't think they are truly racist (racists rarely dress up as the groups they dislike because they usually consider themselves better than said race. Only people who want to get attention or some laughs do this kind of thing).

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