WTFS of the Day: Obama and “Illegal Alien” Halloween Costumes

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And by WTFS, I mean this as an even more alarming WTF: “What The Fucking Shit.”

Yes, it’s true that Halloween brings out some of the most offensive costumes you could imagine — it’s like the holiday gives folks the opportunity to be openly bigoted — but this site in particular brings out some of the most disturbing stuff I’ve seen. Between this “Illegal Alien” costume (along with the Obama mask, of course), the “Super Hoops Afro Star Basketball Player” and, I shit you not, a “Berka” costume, it’s more than enough to make one seethe.

I couldn’t find a contact for the site, but I did find that they are an eBay “Powerseller.” So why not contact eBay and let them know that allowing the sale of this kind of racist and xenophobic garbage is just not okay.

P.S. On a bit of a more positive note, at least Kohl’s ended up pulling its “ghetto fab” wig from its online site last week. Sigh.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted October 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I think this is the third year in a row I’ve seen controversy about “illegal alien” costumes. I really have to disagree that they’re automatically offensive. Certainly the Obama one is uncalled for, but dressing up as an “illegal alien” is not automatically xenophobic. I personally know people who are pro-immigrant, who have dressed up as “illegal aliens” to call attention to how stupid and hateful it is to refer to human beings as “aliens,” and to satirize the portrayal of undocumented immigrants in our culture. I think it’s all in how you do it.

  2. Posted October 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    The eBay store seems to have removed those items; at least I can’t find them.

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