by Jen Ruggirello. While most stores pulled the costume following the immense backlash, some online retailers kept it, re-branding it with the title, "World War II Evacuee Girl. Account active California residents can opt out of "sales" of personal data. They are completely invisible; it is completely dangerous.". "This is not one. Though ghost costumes may be cute, simply slipping a sheet on your child could pose a dangerous risk of tripping, as CBS News reported. The full name of the author and a link back to the original article on this site are required. "Some wear it out of naiveté and others in a blatant disregard, disrespect, and irreverence. While it may seem like a no-brainer to have your kid dress up as a movie character they emulate, many feel that dressing up white children as Moana, Recognize this: Moana is a really special character to young girls of Polynesian descent who have never seen a Disney Princess who looks like them, just like how Tiana from ', likely resonated with young Black women who had waited decades to see themselves represented," the editors of Redbook, It's worth noting that others, including writer. Somehow, costume stores are still stocked with costumes that many find to be offensive or dangerous. From school activities to going door to door for candy, there’s so much for them to enjoy this holiday. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. As the Montgomery County Coalition for The Homeless reminded people, a person who is homeless is not a costume and poverty is certainly not something to be used as a punchline. Additional information is available at: Manzanar Committee Official web site – Licensing and Copyright Information. So please respect our clients’ humanity as you plan your Halloween costume this year.". all over again. The full name of the author and a link back to the original article on this blog are required. Find Jen Ruggirello's email address, contact information, LinkedIn, Twitter, other social media and more. "Native-alike regalia has become popular style-wear in the mainstream in the US. Children cannot see through the costume, let alone if they are walking across the street the cars can’t see them. What should your kid wear for Halloween? "Mexicans do own sombreros, maraca, and ponchos. "White girls have plenty of princesses to choose from — there's Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty … you get the idea. Change ). On September 10, Buzzfeed.com released a video by Jen Ruggirello (whose grandparents were incarcerated during World War II), who, along with four others, including Los Angeles Japanese American activist Sean Miura, visited the Manzanar National Historic Site. "It’s unthinkable that anyone would dress up as someone experiencing domestic violence or as a child in extreme poverty. BuzzFeed Motion Pictures Staff. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. orrespondent Roy Wood Jr. noted in a segment, are something that should be avoided at all costs. Somehow, costume stores are still stocked with costumes that many find to be offensive or dangerous. • In The Closet What are dental dams anyway? If you're overwhelmed trying to figure out what to put them in, that's completely normal. The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, motorists to see children in these costumes. Articles by Jen Ruggirello on Muck Rack. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. "It perpetuates the idea that at the end of the day we are merely men in women's clothing. "This isn’t acceptable. Duplication or reproduction is prohibited without explicit permission. "This is literally putting on someone else’s body – a body that, as it exists in the world, is subject to a tremendous amount of shame, stigma, bullying, and oppression," Chastain wrote. Speaker and author of the blog "Dances With Fat," Ragen Chastain argued that wearing a fatsuit is literally using someone's body as a punchline. Costumes with blackface, as "Daily Show" correspondent Roy Wood Jr. noted in a segment, are something that should be avoided at all costs. Jen Ruggirello • 3 years ago 3 years ago What Is Safe Sex For Queer Women? "If you want to be sexy on Halloween, there are so many ways you can be sexy without disparaging another person’s culture," Jen Ruggirello, a Japanese BuzzFeed staffer, said in the same video. Many moms were concerned after a trend of morphsuits and "invisible" costumes became popular, noting that it could be difficult for motorists to see children in these costumes. If you're overwhelmed trying to figure out what to put them in, that's completely normal. All stories and audio content on this site are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License. "That’s why when it comes to blackface, your intentions don’t matter.". Then, having used their body as a tool for fatphobia, the wearer removes the costume and returns to their life of thin privilege, "To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse," read a petition to get a. There's a trend on Halloween for people to dress as "hobos" or people who are homeless as a joke. We should not trivialize her memory as a costume. Though I was wanting to see the restoration of the parks and pond effected by the volunteers that toiled in the Owen Valley heat and winds to expand the experience.