This Potentially 'Transphobic' Caitlyn Jenner Costume Is Facing Tons of Backlash Online
By John Boone
We know Halloween is a time to act like a kid again but, c’mon. Grow up.
A “Call Me Caitlyn” costume inspired by Caitlyn Jenner’s groundbreaking Vanity Fair cover has surfaced on multiple online Halloween costume retailers. The costume includes a sash, wig, and padded top and, in pictures on the sites, is worn by a man, complete with stubble.
“You probably won't break any Twitter records when you wear this outfit like Caitlyn did when she first made her account, but you'll be sure to get a few laughs out of your friends and the other guests at the get together,” Anytime Costumes explains in their description.
While supporters of the costume claim people are being too PC and that the costume is, in fact, funny, there’s no defending this “Call Me Caitlyn Mr. Olympian Costume Kit" from BuyCostumes.com. (Though it now appears to have been pulled offline.)
It doesn’t even make sense. It’s literally just offensive.
There are more Caitlyn Jenner costumes on the way too: One of the largest Halloween retailers, Spirit Halloween, has already confirmed they will release their own version in the next few weeks.
“Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year,” Spirit Halloween rep Trisha Lombardo told New York Daily News. “Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her.”
“Caitlyn Jenner is a hero and celebrated in modern day culture, but that doesn't excuse the exploitation and transphobia you'll be committing this Halloween,” the petition reads. “To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse.”
It continues, “At a time when trans women...especially black trans women, are being murdered at such a high rate, and homelessness, unemployment, and inaccessbility to healthcare run rampant in our community, making fun of one or all of us is utterly insensitive and deplorable.”
Jenner herself has yet to comment on the controversy, but during her ESPY Awards speech earlier this summer, she said, "If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is, I can take it.”
“But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn't have to take it,” she continued. "All across the world at this very moment there are young people coming to terms with being transgender. They are learning that they're different, and they're trying to figure out how to handle that, on top of every other problem that a teenager has. They are getting bullied, they are getting beaten up. They're getting murdered and they are committing suicide."
Watch more of Caitlyn’s emotional call to action during the ESPYs: