This “Call Me Caitlyn” Halloween Costume Is Transphobic AF
Sigh. It’s only August and this year’s crop of offensive and #problematic Halloween costumes are already starting to roll in. AnytimeCostumes.com is selling this “Call Me Caitlyn” costume in its men’s section, offering dudes (well, the costume is “unisex” but let’s be real) the chance to “dress as the softer side of the popular Olympian,” aka Caitlyn Jenner, in an outfit based on her Vanity Fair cover look. The description for the costume tries to disguise its transphobia by couching it in compliments about Jenner’s “picture perfect look,” but the fact remains that Caitlyn is a whole human being, and a woman specifically, not the “softer side” of the former Bruce Jenner.
While dressing up as a celebrity in an iconic look is generally totally acceptable for Halloween, it is NOT okay to turn a marginalized person’s identity into a costume “to get a few laughs out of your friends.” For those of you who are like, “But the costume is for Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair!” as if that somehow makes it “iconic” and thus okay, let’s be clear that this costume would get a lot of blank stares if not for the “Call Me Caitlyn” sash that comes with it – “so that there will be no mistaking who you are dressed as this Halloween” the website promises. The fact is, this is categorized as a men’s “humorous” costume that has to be explained in order for it to elicit laughs — in other words, a FAIL all around. And don’t even get me started on the $74.99 price tag! [Anytime Costumes]