Halloween

UMass-Amherst Debuts 'Threat Level Meter' for Offensive Halloween Costumes

Dress as a member of your own race, terrorist.

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Halloween
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The University of Massachusetts at Amherst—the very same university that recently told students to stop making Harambe jokes—has created a threat assessment meter for culturally-appropriative Halloween costumes.

The "Simple Costume Racism Evaluation and Assessment Meter (or "SCREAM," because campus censors are nothing if not horribly obvious) is designed to help students decide if their costumes might offend someone, according to Campus Reform.

For instance, if a student is dressing up as a member of their own race, the threat is "low," and "probably won't offend." But dressing up as a member of a different race, particularly one whose members "are more socially marginalized than you" could produce a "high" or even "severe" threat of giving offense.

As The Washington Free Beacon notes, UMass's threat assessment meter mimics the federal government's terrorism alert levels, which gives the impression that SCREAM's creators consider offensive Halloween costumes to a similarly serious threat.

The threat meter is just one part of UMass's larger effort to make students aware of just how problematic their costumes can be, according to Campus Reform:

The initiative is being spearheaded by the Center for Women and Community, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, and the campus' diversity office, the Stonewall Center.

"Don't be an asshole," one display urges students, providing several leaflets to help them understand the effects of cultural appropriation.

It then goes on to outline steps that students can take to inform their peers if a costume may be considered inappropriate or offensive, using Native American costumes as the prime example.

"No, it's cool, it's not like your ancestors killed them all or anything," reads one flyer alongside a cartoon of two white women in headdresses. "Hypersexualized racism…is still racism," states another flyer featuring pictures of women dressed in "sexy Indian" costumes.

The university did not respond to a request for comment.

I don't have a problem with fun-killing students telling other students how to dress. (Well, I do have a problem with it, I just maintain that they have the right to do so.) It's less clear to me that the administration should be suggesting to students that their edgy Halloween costumes are a form of cultural terrorism.

Just last week, The Federalist's Mary Katharine Ham, Bre Payton, and I were all discussing how colleges seemed more amenable to Halloween this year. Well, nope.

For more on why cultural appropriation is actually a good thing, go here.

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  1. Holy shit!!!!!

    My costume is Severe! Who knew a steam-punk vampire could be so unsafe!!!!!

    1. Since you’re Turkish, for you to appropriate Undead-Romanian culture like that is Not Okay.

      1. I don’t think of it as punching down, but reminding lower races of their proper place in the order of things.

        1. Wait… I thought the Turks were lower on the ladder, because religion? It’s hard to keep the rankings in one’s head anymore. One does want to keep up appearances.

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            2. They should probably make an app.

          1. Wait, how about a steam punk vampire Turkish oil wrestler?

            1. Wait, how about a steam punk vampire Turkish oil wrestler?

              YES.

            2. I find this offensive!!

      2. Even by celebrating Halloween you are appropriating my Celtic/Gaelic culture and I am extremely offended. Not cool. I need a safe space

    2. I’m going as Lt. Columbo, I got a googly eye and everything.

      1. You just want an excuse to wear your rumply raincoat in public without society giving you the googly eye.

        1. There is just one thing I don’t get Dr Groovus…

      2. If you already have the googly eye, why not go as our next president?

        1. Next year. I have to practice my cackle moar.

          1. How does one practice a cankle?

            Oh, my mistake. I misread.

  2. If Taxahontas is a Native American, then how does anyone know that those sexy Native American costume wearing coeds aren’t as well?

    1. Yes. It could be a real native american underneath the makeup!

        1. Look at the cheek bones. All you need right there apparently. If one has a lack of definition in such features, leading to a rounder face, one can be West African or Korean.

          1. Being Native American may not be a defense. Just a couple of days ago, an SJW of my acquaintance solemnly told a part-NA friend that it was still cultural appropriation to wear NA garb as a “costume” rather than for ceremonial reasons. That’s right, even if it’s your personal heritage you still don’t get to choose.

  3. This is the worst thing to have happened since teachers sent home a boy for wearing a bad t shirt.

    1. This all reminds me of a quote from Chesterton I read a while ago – “The modern world is not evil; in some ways the modern world is far too good. It is full of wild and wasted virtues. When a religious scheme is shattered?it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage.
      The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone. As some scientists care for truth; and their truth is pitiless.
      Thus some humanitarians only care for pity; and their pity (I am sorry to say) is often untruthful.”

  4. My ancestors didn’t kill any Indians, you morons.

    “Hey yaaaa, woo woo woo woo woo!”

    1. But you’ve benefited from it!

    2. But somebody’s ancestors did, and their ancestors probably looked a lot like your ancestors, so guilt by association.

      1. Whelp, I can’t argue with logic like that.

        1. Which is exactly the point of “logic” like that; morally superior ergo impervious to question or doubt, lest you be deemed “part of the problem.”

          Personally I am all too happy to be part of that problem.

      2. My ancestors have killed just about anything that ever walked or crawled.

        1. God, college kids these days are stupid. Or at least the student council teachers’ pet types.

        2. So you have Seminole ancestry?

        3. … and ate with just a smattering of BBQ sauce.

          DELISH!

    3. My ancestors didn’t kill any Indians, you morons.

      A good many of my ancestors were massacred by indians*.

      Can I get a redskin costume reparation waiver?

      *They were teamsters, not militia.

    4. Mine did. Lots of Indians.

      They came on the Mayflower.

      HAHAHAHAHA

    5. Yeah, my family was too busy shooting the Scot’s and the British at the time. Possibly the French as well, hard to really say since the Irish weren’t exactly making a lot of sense back then and we’re pretty confident the only reason they were shooting at all was because they were being chased by the authorities for horse thievery.

      So, nope. Even though I’m whiter than white me and mine don’t share in that bullshit collective guilt-by-association crap. Just for bonus points, when my family did come to the states guess who wasn’t a very popular ethnicity?

      The idea that ‘white’ is even an ethnicity is horse shit. It’s like saying all black people are from the same place. There is no monoculture based on color, numb nuts. ‘Cultural Sensitivity’ might as well be called ‘Overt Racism With Lipstick’.

      1. Why is it that in this age of parsing language to death that no one brings up the entire false concept of the word white as a race? So the Scots, Romanians, Greek and Russians are all one people? How about those pesky Spaniards who hail from the privileged continent of Europe yet speak the language of our oppressed American Latinos?

    6. My ancestors didn’t kill any Indians, you morons.

      Mine did. I’m an eighth Cherokee.

    7. My ancestors didn’t either, but I happen to be of the same race as someone else whose ancestors did, so I guess I’m guilty too. How does that work exactly?

  5. I’m staying home. I call that costume “American Voter.”

    1. I’ve been thinking about it. If you’re going as a libertarian heterosexual white male and actually are one, this chart concludes that your costume is one of the least offensive possibilities. That flies in the face of reality, because that means you’re only not offensive to people on Halloween and the rest of the year you’re still a pariah.

      Then it dawned on me: I wasn’t following the correct side of the chart. If you conclude that what you are is a sub-human thing or an idea (that presumably should not be allowed to exist), then you can head straight down to severe without any real hurdles (so long as you don’t want photos of you published nationally, which is fairly normal).

  6. if a student is dressing up as a member of their own race, the threat is “low,” and “probably won’t offend.”

    allow me to suggest a John Joel Glanton costume for my fellow white male oppressors.

    1. What is the designated threat level for a Jesse Spencer/Robby Soave Aryan hairdo wig?

  7. What if you are trying to dress up as a racist?

    1. An Al Sharpton costume would be on the edge.

      1. Does it come with a flaming white-interloper prop?

        1. Skinny, melon-head Sharpton costume scares the bejesus out of kids and is therefore perfect for Halloween.

          1. Michael Jackson costume might be SJW short-circuit.

            1. So many to choose from!

              There’s:

              1) Burnt Hair from the Pepsi Commercial Michael;

              2) Pre vitilago Micheal with factory original nose;

              3) “The Wiz” Michael (especially tiggering);

              4) Post vitilago Michael with extreme rhinoplasty;

              5) Child Slumber Party Michael;

              6) Captain Eo Michael (The Mouse will come for on that one).

              *Bubbles not included

              1. 7) Little Mikey as part of the Jackson 5.

              2. Post vitilago Michael with extreme rhinoplasty;

                aka Scream Mask

          2. How about a Sharpton clown?

            “Those aren’t balloon animals! Those are sausages.”

    2. That’s why I’m going as Jimmy The Greek.

      1. If you are not greek that may be double racist.

  8. “Don’t be an asshole,” one display urges students, providing several leaflets to help them understand the effects of cultural appropriation.

    If I didn’t want to be an asshole, I wouldn’t have gone to UMass…

    1. It’s not easy to be an asshole for Halloween. Anatomically correct anus costumes are hard to find — and don’t get me started on how hard it is to find a “Sexy Asshole” costume…

      1. Will not Google.

        Day of the Dead chick? Would.

        1. Indeed, Counselor. I think that Day of the Dead would look smashing on Dr. ZG (Good lord, what wouldn’t!?)

          Also, Ukraine has culturally appropriated Halloween, as it is *VERY* popular here.

        2. Can’t tell whether she’s actually Mexican or not, so I’m not sure whether or not the costume is okay.

      2. Here you go. Easy as pie.

        (SFW. And quite ‘lish!)

        1. *blinks*

          You’re some kinda fucked up, Doc…

          1. I know better than to click a Groovus link in an anus subthread.

          2. *chuckles* Dr. ZG actually sent that one to me via intraoffice mail a while back. I was doing a bunch of haemorrhoid cases that day, with the tag line (translated), “Does this remind you of anything, sweetheart?”

    2. I really wish someone/some group would troll the hell out of these “displays” by tacking on notes to every one they find.

      “Don’t be an asshole? That should be easy, since I don’t have costumes of employees of the Center for Women and Community, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, or the campus’ diversity office!”

  9. I can’t wait until trolls make a meme out of this like they did with “We’re a Culture Not a Costume”

    1. Some idiots have actually claimed that Harambe costumes are cultural appropriation. I didn’t even know gorillas had a culture that could be “appropriated”.

      1. It’s almost like “cultural appropriation” doesn’t actually mean anything.

        1. It means “white people bad”.

      2. Does the Harambe costume come with a little toddler hanging off the wrist?

      3. Gorillas have some kind of culture. But I’m pretty sure it doesn’t involve dressing up in gorilla costumes.

    2. That’s true, most Indians are not that sexy.

      1. *fond memories of the Land o’ Lakes squaw*

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kxPHi8Wev0

    3. For fuck’s sake, if you are a culture, not a costume, then why do you get all bent out of shape when people wear a costume that references your culture?

      No one actually thinks that all Mexicans wear sombreros and play Mariachi music, or that all Asians look like Japanese paintings of 16th century noblemen. Seems to me that you can’t really think that highly of your own culture if you think it is somehow damaged by silly costumes.

      1. It’s not about costumes. It’s not even about culture.

        It’s about them stopping you.

        Think Jewish Guilt * Catholic Guilt to the 9th power.

        And if that doesn’t work, they’ll use Big Brother.

      2. No one actually thinks that all Mexicans wear sombreros and play Mariachi music

        They do when the Mexican national soccer team rolls into town.

        1. That’s the other thing. Lots of people embrace the stereotypes of their cultures. They aren’t all exactly wearing authentic Mexican national costumes.

  10. You can pry my hypersexualized racism from my cold, dead hands.

    1. These euphemisms are now officially SJW levels of triggering.

      1. I wonder if it would be possible to trigger SJWs so much they committed suicide rather than endure the constant triggering.

    2. Will you need someone to delete your browser history?

      1. My browser history makes for good compost.

      2. Will you need someone to delete your browser history?

        Wow. That’s pretty racist.

  11. What if i want to dress as a Sexy Simple Costume Racism Evaluation and Assessment Meter?

      1. As a long time lurker, I have always wondered: Is your narrow gaze akin to Philip J. Fry or are you just getting ready to put lead down range?

  12. one whose members “are more socially marginalized than you”

    It’s not possible that anyone takes this seriously any more… right?

    1. My only hope is that the halls of academia are filled with snickering students.

    2. Nobody is more socially marginalized than me, a fat middle-aged man who spends his days making snarky remarks on the internet and loses his shit when someone tries to talk politics with him in the real world.

      1. loses his shit when someone tries to talk politics with him in the real world

        My boss asked me yesterday out of nowhere which of the two political parties I belonged to. I said “neither” and quickly changed the subject.

        1. Politics is against my religion” is a line i’ve used.

          When they ask what my religion is, i say, “Quaker – but not the over-the-top, conscientious-objector kind. Its just sort of a “no thanks, rather not” sort of thing”

    3. I think white men are probably the most socially marginalized group on a typical college campus.

  13. my lord, what happened to college as a time of challenging authority, questioning things, purposely antagonizing people, and various other things on the road to adulthood and, presumably maturity?

    1. There’s no such thing as a adulthood anymore. They are all permanent children of the state.

    2. They grew up to be college professors.

    3. The people that perpetrated those things are now running the asylum, that’s what happened.

      Never trust anyone over 30.

  14. So the monopoly dude then

  15. ‘For instance, if a student is dressing up as a member of their own race, the threat is “low,” and “probably won’t offend.”‘

    I see this often thrown around in regards to white people wearing calaca facepaint, Mexican-styled skeletons.

    But the calaca originates from old Mexican political cartoons that lampooned the Mexican upper class by depicting them as skeletons wearing fashionable European clothing (the joke being that the Mexican upper class tried to emulate Europeans SO much that they powdered their skin to look more white, to the extent that they were bone-white and looked like skeletons).

    So bitching about a white person dressed up as a Mexican skeleton boils down to bitching at a white person who is dressed like a Hispanic person who is dressed like a caricature of a Hispanic person who is dressed like a white person, and it just comes to this beautiful full circle of stupidity.

    1. Thinking more on the origins of the costume, it’s also literally whiteface. Or… it’s whiteface of people in whiteface?? Damn you Jos? Guadalupe Posada and the confusing trends your cartoon hath inspired!!

    2. So bitching about a white person dressed up as a Mexican skeleton boils down to bitching at a white person who is dressed like a Hispanic person who is dressed like a caricature of a Hispanic person who is dressed like a white person, and it just comes to this beautiful full circle of stupidity.

      Oh, man. I had a good, hearty chuckle at this. These retards are beyond parody.

    3. That’s actually pretty interesting, I didn’t know the origins of it.

    4. This makes me think, what if you are a white person who dresses up like an old black-face performer?

  16. Is this a repeat? I’ve seen something about this thread level meter before, and it was here on H&R.

  17. As The Washington Free Beacon notes, UMass’s threat assessment meter mimics the federal government’s terrorism alert levels, which gives the impression that SCREAM’s creators consider offensive Halloween costumes to a similarly serious threat.

    The one time SJWs aren’t humorless scolds and it sails over Robby’s head pompadour like an Aegis surface-to-air missile.

    1. That reminds me, i gotta finish making my Robby Soave’s Sexy Pompadour costume.

      1. Don’t forget to work in the fruit sushi theme somehow.

        1. That’s what i’m bringing to the party.

          1. Make sure and ride a Robby Horse to the party.

            1. That’s for AFTER the party.

    2. Err, the Aegis is the radar system that targets the surface to air missiles, the missiles themselves are typically SM1 or SM3 missiles which do not so far as I know have a cool nickname

      1. HM meant “Surface to HAIR” missiles. Because… Robby.

      2. When I was in the Navy the SM1 was called the Terrier but that was a long time ago; I don’t know if the name is used today.

        1. SM = Standard Missile

    3. The British satirist Michael Wharton (writing as Peter Simple) was decades ahead on this matter.

      Wharton consistently criticised and ridiculed what he described as the “race relations industry”, and one of his most famous comic creations was the “prejudometer”, an anti-racist instrument that supplied readings in prejudons, the “internationally recognised scientific unit of racial prejudice”, when pointed at a suspected racist. Concerned individuals could even point the prejudometer at themselves:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wharton

      In a couple of years these things will be marketed and we’ll be pointing them at Halloween costumes and each other in general, shrieking about the readouts.

      1. Then they’ll be hacked.

  18. I have both Germanic and Celtic (specifically Scottish, and most likely Irish) ancestors. Halloween was culturally appropriated from my ancestors since it was stolen from the festival of Samhain. So I am assuming all those of African, Asian and Hispanic (though I may allow purely European Spanish) descent will not be participating in my ancestors’ holiday.

    1. Ehhh… I think we Celts have to let the Hispanics in on it. At the very least those that can show their ancestors were Celtiberian.

    2. Sorry, Germans and to a somewhat lesser degree Celts, are part of the oppressor colonialist class and therefore are not entitled to consideration where appropriation is concerned. In fact, given their unequivocal history of travesties and the collective guilt that transcends generations ad infinitum, they are a perfect example of classes of persons, past and present, who can be parodied and caricatured for other’s amusement, especially for those who can legitimately claim a culture of victimhood.

      That shit only flows one way, you see?

      1. I know. And I also happen to belong to just about the only “native” religion that ISN’T on the minority class get freebies list.
        Indigenous Americans (and First Nations in Canada)and their tribal religion: Oppressed +100 points.
        Aboriginal Australians? Oppressed +150 points
        African tribal practices: Oppressed +200 points
        Even fucking Wiccans get about 10 points just for letting their freak flag fly and their Mother goddess bs (and they just make shit up!)

        Germanic Paganism? WHITE SUPREMICISTS! Part of white patriarchy!!

        1. You know who else was into Germanic paganism?

          1. Ragnar Lothbrok?

      2. That shit only flows one way, you see?

        So, now that you’ve neatly cut us out of your little aggression-free dress-up pity party, where does that leave us?

        *glances as spangenhelm and hurstwic*

        Ah, right!

    3. Bear,
      I’m German, Irish, Scottish and a touch of dutch. I tip my glass to you and ruffle my kilt while we try to take over the world.

      1. a touch of dutch

        Great porn, erm…band name.

        1. ruffle my kilt

          Great song title.

      2. Slainte, Skal, and Prost!

  19. “The initiative is being spearheaded by the Center for Women and Community, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, and the campus’ diversity office, the Stonewall Center.”

    Well naturally; would you expect anyone else to promote this hypersensitive horseshit?

    1. “So you’re the Stonewall Center, eh? Then I guess you won’t mind if I wear this costume.”

      1. I was expecting Chewbacca, but that’s even funnier.

        1. Fuck – supposed to be a reply to Michele Obama costume.

      2. I dream about wearing a costume like that.

    1. Where’s the ammo belt?

  20. How about….

    “Don’t be an asshole and get offended over a halloween costume”

  21. ‘Don’t be an asshole’.

    /quietly puts asshole costume away.

    1. You know who else was a white male that any white male could go as and totally not offend anyone?

    1. I’d get out my shocked face, but that would be culturally appropriating from the Stunned-American community, wouldn’t it.

      1. I made my own copy, so I can use as a pattern for my Halloween costume.

        Yep, I’m going out as a trigger warning.

        1. Why not a triggered SJW (aka Trigglypuff) costume?

          1. I forgot about that one.

    2. Because it’s a thinly veiled “You shouldn’t be, because the internet hate mob will destroy you” threat.

      1. I like it better when it was only Two-Minutes of Hate.

    3. Hitler’s of my own race, but that wouldn’t be problematic according to the chart.

    4. If you got that far and you’d feel comfortable having a picture widely distributed, then you are just a white, privileged shitlord — and you win the game!

  22. Look, I don’t want to offend anybody, so I’ll just wear this good old-fashioned ghost costume.

    1. I don’t know Fuse, i

      1. ..[fucking keyboard] I was once taken to task for being rude to a ghost in a retail shop.

  23. “For instance, if a student is dressing up as a member of their own race, the threat is “low,” and “probably won’t offend.””

    Umm, do they *really* want to make that statement? Cause I can think of a whole lot of white guy costumes that would be offensive to someone

    1. I think I’m going to go as a Caucasian Christian Ghost. That one is low.

      1. You better not steal my idea!

        1. These guys felt so awkward when the accidentally all showed up wearing the same outfit.

          1. when *they* accidentally all showed up

      2. I was going to say “Jesus Christ?” but he doesn’t have roots in the Caucasus. Or does he?

        1. Even worse, he was an Israeli Jew.

      3. Maybe Ira Einhorn

    2. A costume of you know who else would be offensive?

      1. John Wayne Gacy the Clown?

      2. Sexy Harambe?

  24. Streisand effect in 3…2…1…

  25. “Don’t be an asshole?”

    Talk about irony.

    1. No shit. Hectoring complete strangers about their “problematic” Halloween costume used to be considered an asshole move. Now it’s actively encouraged. I’m thoroughly convinced I wouldn’t be able to make through 4 years of college without mauling the shit out of some SJW twat.

      1. I believe a simple “fuck off” falls well within the confines of good behavior, in this instance.

      2. Will someone please do a re-make of PCU?

        1. I’m not sure how they would be able to parody college PC culture though. It’s so over the top already.

      3. “mauling the shit out of some SJW twat.”
        Now that’s a euphemism. Am I doing it right?

    2. self-awareness sold separately, and not at all at the SJW store.

  26. The “Simple Costume Racism Evaluation and Assessment Meter (or “SCREAM,” because campus censors are nothing if not horribly obvious)

    I bet whoever came up with that is really fucking proud of themselves for being so damned “clever.”

    Little do they realize the rest of us just think they’re an asshole.

  27. I’m going to wear a teal bodysuit with some skin-tight white polyester pants. I’m going to give myself a Jewish afro and round out the ensemble with rose-tinted Lennon specs.

    That’s tonight. I haven’t decided on a Halloween costume.

    1. so you sell insurance in San Francisco?

    2. Isn’t a “Jewish afro” really called an “Isro”?

  28. As someone with Eastern European Jewish ancestry, what am I allowed to dress as for Halloween?

    1. Sexy Holocaust Survivor!

      1. I know some pro-ana girls who would be perfect for the part. Except not sexy to me.

    2. Sexy Ba’al Shem!

      1. I want one.

      2. Goddamn cultural appropriation there.

  29. My response to stupid college rules is to check on the Ludicrous American University Guidelines Histogram.

  30. if a student is dressing up as a member of their own race, the threat is “low,” and “probably won’t offend.”

    What if that member of their own race is, say, Donald Trump? I assume that would be OK. Or is it not OK because “orange” isn’t a race?

  31. “Don’t be an asshole,” one display urges students

    These are the people trying to *prevent* anyone giving offense?


    It then goes on to outline steps that students can take to inform their peers if a costume may be considered inappropriate or offensive, using Native American costumes as the prime example.

    “No, it’s cool, it’s not like your ancestors killed them all or anything,”

    Oh, i see. So what i should do is accuse people of being responsible for the actions of their “ancestors”?

    (*even if there’s no actual geneological connection whatsoever – because surely “White Folks” that immigrated in the 20th century are just as much Injun Killers as anyone else, right?)

    That sounds like fun. Does this mean I can treat every black person like one of the Hutu murderers of the Tutsi? I assume someone printed up rules for this game….

      1. ^^^This. So much this. And it’s only gonna get moar worse.

    1. +1 Shakaka

    2. Are you playing the Deluxe Edition or the Collector’s Edition?

  32. Well, so much for my “Sombrero-Ninja-Zulu-Warrior” outfit.

    1. Wait a minute….Zulu Ninja – sounds like the next Marvel superhero movie!!!

      1. Move over Shaka Zulu, make way for Shingen Zulu.

        For Gilmore’s outfit, it would have to be Pablo Shingen Zulu.

        1. True story = my most-often used costume is Saudi-Prince garb. The robe, the over-robe, the head-dress, and then i’d just burnt-cork the goatee in if i didn’t already have the beard. Elvis Sunglasses were optional.

          My brother worked for an airline for a while, and he had a layover in the Kingdom, and got the stuff for me.

          I’ve been accosted a number of times about it. One retort i’ve made (esp. to the bodega arabs who seem to be irritated by it) was,

          “What the hell were they selling this stuff in the airport for if they didn’t expect people to wear it?”

          I always chose it over the other things in the closet (*esp the Ape Suit) because frankly…. its COMFY. I mean, you can go commando and its just very… liberating. Breezy. well ventilated. The downside was that i often DJ’d halloween parties, and the head-dress would get tangled with the headphones and you sort of had to just tuck the whole deal off to the side. Here’s a pic from the late 1990s where i’d ditched the over-robe.

          1. (*esp the Ape Suit)

            Typo… I think you left out an R.

  33. A Mexican-American woman has been advertising via the comic shop I go to occasionally for sugar skull makeup/photography for Halloween and Dia de los muertos. Does that count as cultural appropriation on her part? Or on the part of the people who pay her for that? Or both?

    1. Does that count as cultural appropriation on her part? Or on the part of the people who pay her for that? Or both?

      *consults SJW decoder ring*

      I believe that makes her a race traitor, and worse, a greedy capitalist pig for doing it to make EVUL MONEY. The people paying her to do it are guilty of cultural appropriation if they belong to a race higher than Mexican on the Official Social Justice Victimhood Scale.

  34. Hmm. Knowing nothing else about this but what I read here, methinks y’all are taking this a bit too seriously. The corny acronym, clearly modeling it after the Federal Terrorism Threat Level, makes me think this was a bit of tongue in check humor – a way to gently remind that Halloween costumes can be offensive, in some cases.

    For instance – part of my extended family lives in WV. My uncle doesn’t particularly appreciate hillbilly jokes, or disparaging things said about the people who live in WV. It’s pretty reasonable for him to think that. Getting offended or annoyed over tone-deaf Halloween costumes is no different.

    1. Because we’ve seen this before.

      Look up what happened last year at Yale when Erica Christakis dared to question this type of orthodoxy and when her husband Nicholas dared to support her.

      1. Not really the same situation. In that case, it was a group of students losing their minds over something relatively slight. This is a case of the school saying “Hey, don’t be completely insensitive to other people’s cultures and heritages.”

        Not really comparable.

      2. We literally have seen this before: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy…..halloween/

    2. Hmmm….All I can say is take your fucking sensitivity and go sensitively fuck yourself senselessly.

    3. “…a way to gently remind that Halloween costumes can be offensive, in some cases.”

      So, be offended. I don’t care.

      1. If someone is 100% OK with being offensive, that’s the literally definition of an asshole. That doesn’t make them right, or that what they’re doing is somehow NOT offensive, or that others should just not be offended.

        1. I’m offended by your comment.

          1. I apologize for my offense.

    4. this was a bit of tongue in check humor

      If you were John, I’d think this was intentional and commend you. Not being John, I assume you’re an idiot.

      1. And rednecks all over the country look down on hillbillies like your Uncle in WV. He either needs to own up to being a hillbilly, stop identifying as pretending to be a hillbilly, or move out of WV altogether.

        1. I don’t understand how any of these actions take the place of being annoyed about disparaging things being said about the people from where he grew up.

          Like, you can say he should just not care or something, but that doesn’t make offensive things LESS offensive. Both things can happen at the same time.

          1. Like, you can say he should just not care or something, but that doesn’t make offensive things LESS offensive.

            Actually, being less offended is *precisely* how you make offensive things less offensive. The term motherfucker is exceedingly precise and intentionally taboo/offensive. The reason you can use the term motherfucker in most any public place where there aren’t large numbers of children around is because people (dads and lesbian parents) don’t personally take offense to it.

            1. That’s a good point. But it also suggests that responsibility for a harmonious society (or conversation) rests entirely with the person who’s being attacked, or mocked, or whatever. Particularly in cases of racism or disparagement of minorities, it amounts to saying “they key to ending this type of behavior is for you, the less powerful, to just not let it bother you.”

              A middle ground needs to be met at – it’s not up to the white men (proverbially speaking) to correct every wrong that has ever been done, but recognition of those wrongs, as well as strives to improve, needs to be made.

              1. But it also suggests that responsibility for a harmonious society (or conversation) rests entirely with the person who’s being attacked, or mocked, or whatever.

                Yes, it does.

                Particularly in cases of racism or disparagement of minorities, it amounts to saying “they key to ending this type of behavior is for you, the less powerful, to just not let it bother you.”

                You, or this statement, assume that racists can make or get away with disparaging remarks because they are inherently more powerful than the minorities or members of the race they are disparaging. I assume racists make disparaging remarks because even dogs bark at things they want to mock or play with, don’t understand, are scared of, are angered by, etc.

                A middle ground needs to be met at

                No, it doesn’t. There is no middle ground. If there was, it’s readily disagreed that it’s actually somewhere else and, even when we get there, it’s readily movable. The key to a harmonious society rests entirely within the individuals. Quieting dissenters doesn’t dispel their dissent or make their aspersions more/less true.

      2. Heh, are you referring to my misspell? I tried to type “cheek,” but….that’s not always what happens.

    5. The corny acronym, clearly modeling it after the Federal Terrorism Threat Level, makes me think this was a bit of tongue in check humor – a way to gently remind that Halloween costumes can be offensive, in some cases.

      Encouraging students to hector others over their “offensive” Halloween costumes is a dick move. Full fucking stop.

      1. Was the PSA really doing that, though? Was there an actual recommendation that students should confront each other over the PC-ness of Halloween costumes? Or was it just bringing attention to something in a dorky, “we’re totally uncool but pretending to be cool in a completely aware this makes us even dorkier” way.

    6. My uncle doesn’t particularly appreciate hillbilly jokes

      Thats understandable for an inbred people.

  35. “No, it’s cool, it’s not like your ancestors killed them all or anything,” reads one flyer alongside a cartoon of two white women in headdresses.

    Actually, my ancestors had literally nothing to do with killing members of any tribe. Note, I did not lump all “native Americans” together into one less than descriptive, inaccurate group. There is quite a large difference between a Chiricahua and a Pequot, but,… you know,… it not racism to lump them together.

    My ancestors were not in this country until quite some time later and had their own problems with an oppressor in Europe. The only way that one could lump me into the group that killed any members of one of the tribal cultures, is if they inaccurately lump me into a group based upon the color of my skin. But,… you know,… that’s not racism or anything.

  36. Are they saying that THIS is my only valid choice? (!@*#*(@$ Ancestors.

    1. Whaddya mean? You’ve got options.

  37. “The university did not respond to a request for comment.”

    Thereby depriving Robby of several weeks’ worth of material.

    1. Does a problem with retconning count? Hell, in another three decades it’ll be a burqa.

    2. That would totally depend upon who wears this; in someone along the lines of Jabba the Hut I would be totally offended; which of course would lead to fat jokes, gross out, body shaming and so forth [“damn woman, put some clothes on”].

      On Sharon Stone quite the opposite. That of course would lead to sex/gender stereotyping, hitting upon, and likely a grope fest [are those pants made out of mirrors, because I see myself in them…”]

      See, you just can’t fucking break even, much less win, with these assholes.

      1. On Sharon Stone quite the opposite. That of course would lead to sex/gender stereotyping, hitting upon, and likely a grope fest [are those pants made out of mirrors, because I see myself in them…”]

        You’ve gotta be a millennial. Even if not, I pity you.

  38. OK, this is new. There is a dude in the stall next to me taking a shit and brushing his teeth at the same time.

    1. I suppose he can pat his ass and rub himself at the same time too.

      1. These euphemisms just keep getting more and more abstract…

    2. Dude is just trying to save some time.

      Guess what else he’s probably doing in there to save time?

      1. Winston’s mom when she took on ten guys at once?

        1. They would have to be clowns to fit in the stall with her.

          1. Honka-honka.

    3. There is a dude in the stall next to me taking a shit and brushing his teeth at the same time.

      I suppose as long as he’s not using his shit for toothpaste… still weird though.

    4. MULTI-TASKING!

    5. How do you know it was his teeth?

    6. Dude is definitely asian, i lived on the other side of the Pacific for several years and this was normal in the office bathroom, to the point that even i considered doing it.

      Someone should make a flow chart describing bathroom behavior and mapping that to races, and then if your behavior does not map to your own race every SJW on campus can beat you senseless

  39. I have no idea what college campuses will be like 12 years from now when my oldest son graduates high school, but if they are anything like they are now, I will do everything to discourage him from attending. He can try for a service academy, or go part time and work, which might be better anyway, or go abroad for his studies, but American universities have become a joke.

    1. Still full of optimistic 18 year olds with no real world experience and all the other blessings nature bestows on the young?

  40. My son is at UMass. He is dressing up as Jesus Christ. He’s got the hair and the beard, so all he needs is a tunic. Wonder how many will get triggered.

    1. Romans beware.

      1. Not swarthy enough. Skin tone is too much like the idealized European version of Jesus.

    2. Its A-OK to mock Christianity. Now if he were to dress up as Mohammed….

      1. SEXY Mohammed.

        1. He doesn’t have the pecs.

        2. Assless chaps and an open leather vest?

          1. The last time someone saw his ass who shouldn’t have seen it was his former girlfriend’s mother.

            1. You are well versed in 7th century Arabic history.

    3. no stigmata? In my day we would have gone as zombie risen Jesus.

    4. Full bloody crown-of-thorns or else its just Dan Fogelberg

      1. Dressing as Jesus is lame unless you do it fully in character. You know, miracles, quoting the Bible all night, the whole shebang.

        1. He was lining up quote when he told me.

          Now I’ll tell you who did a great full character. My brother dressed as Hitler one year. He went full Adolf.

        2. at the very minimum, some card tricks, and boxed wine.

        3. He’d probably turn water into wine, drink the whole thing, then end up lying drunk in a gutter the next morning.

      2. Thanks for the heads up, Gilmore. I had enough fucking Fogelbird when I was in college. But I do think he said something about needing a crown or an aura.

    5. I knew someone once who went as a Mormon missionary. Just wore black pants, a white oxford cloth shirt, black tie, bicycle helmet, and carried around a Book of Mormon the whole time.

      1. Did he make any converts?

        1. It’s a tough sell when they want 10% of your gross income. Not net – gross.

          1. And you have to donate the cost of the mission when the time comes.

      2. I lived in Utah for a few years. The missions came to the house and the former Mrs geo said you guys must have a tough sell here. They laughed, assumed she was Mormon, and said goodbye.

      3. But the cigarette he was smoking and the nicotine stained hands gave him away . . .

    6. Probably – none.

    7. Wonder how many will get triggered.

      He really needs to find a gay friend to go as Tiberius and a Jewish friend to go as Pilot so he can really fuck with people.

    8. If he’s not crucified he’ll just look like a disciple. Shouldn’t bother anyone but the farthest-gone Christian-phobics.

  41. Good heavens – the SJW are wet blankets! It’s a COSTUME!

    1. Robby’s going to have to try harder if he wants to score that WSJ gig.

      1. Yeah, it’s tough to claim that Amherst officials just now created a flyer that was printed in the WSJ in 2013.

        1. Most of that article was behind a paywall, so if you expected there to be a self-explanatory point, then it whiffed.

          Anyway, i don’t think Robby was claiming anything that his sources (Free Beacon, Campus Reform) weren’t asserting first. His pieces are mostly cut-paste from them anyway.

          But i guess if the idea is that “This whole thing isn’t new…at all”, yeah, i’m pretty sure people knew that. It just gets revived seasonally because the kids-deez-days are all batshit about Halloween Costumes.

          1. I know it’s behind a paywall, but I figured some Reason readers (or at least Robby) would have a WSJ subscription. Anyway, to explain: the Campus Reform article shows pictures of the bulletin board and flyers in question. Campus Reform suggests that Amherst officials are responsible for posting the material, but there is no claim that Amherst actually developed the material. Robby takes that one step further and asserts that Amherst actually created the SCREAM threat-level meter. However, the SCREAM threat-level flyer posted with the Campus Reform article has a notation in the bottom right-hand corner indicating that it was created by Jeff Yang of the Wall Street Journal. And, sure enough, a simple Google search reveals that Mr. Yang, not Amherst, created the SCREAM threat-level meter back in 2013 in connection with the article I linked above.

            1. Here’s the flyer: http://s.wsj.net/public/resour…..130155.jpg

              1. So a group of SJW idiots are taking something that was clearly meant as a parody and using it for real?

                Boy, I’d hate to be a fat Irish kid right about now.

              2. According to that flyer, a Ferengi costume is a severe threat. Fictional races are less powerful than any real one.

  42. I’ve got bad news for SJWs: every group that today is oppressed, at some time in the past was an oppressor. Did you think all the different African tribes lived in harmony? hahahahah. If you are going to blame people for things their ancestors did, just send us all to jail. We all (all) have ancestors that were in the army, that murdered, that raped, that stole, that blasphemed. Even worse, most of us have ancestors that were politicians. Let’s just bring back “original sin” but without the forgiveness…

  43. Since costumes cannot appropriate other cultures-I think I will dress up as Trump- a true caricature of the white man if there ever was one.

  44. Re those amongst us who find themselves surrounded by threats, troubles, problems, people plotting against them, that sort of thing, possibly, just possibly their problems are imagined, fed by their notions of self importance, and require the medical value of a boot in the tail.

  45. So as long as I’m a member of the Upir race, my Count Dracula costume is acceptable? Or is the implied social elitism of the “count” title problematic? And if I choose to dress as The Count from Sesame Street, might that not offend those who struggled with math or who are afflicted with number dyslexia?

  46. Sooooo my costume of Al Jolson blackface with dreads under a coolie hat holding a Indian chiefs head could be problematic?

    1. Depends on what tribe you decapitated.

  47. Even my fairly broad definition of racism, which ends up defining just about everyone as racist, does not include “cultural appropriation”.

  48. On the internet, nobody can tell that your gorilla suit was culturally expropriated from Skull Island.

  49. “The “Simple Costume Racism Evaluation and Assessment Meter (or “SCREAM,” because campus censors are nothing if not horribly obvious) is designed to help students decide if their costumes might offend someone, according to Campus Reform.”

    A nice way of saying that they are telling people what to think.

    I would go consult with them, get them to explain the scale and give an example of the most offensive costume possible and that is what I would go as.

  50. Since my forebears came from the German hinterlands, I’m going with a lederhosen-zombie motif. Hope no one is offended.

    In other news, has anyone else seen any of those old-timey photos with Indians wearing cowboy hats and riding horses? What’s UM-Imhurts take on that?

  51. “No, it’s cool, it’s not like your ancestors killed them all or anything,” reads one flyer alongside a cartoon of two white women in headdresses. “Hypersexualized racism…is still racism,” states another flyer featuring pictures of women dressed in “sexy Indian” costumes.

    to the victor go the spoils! “We” won, so “we” get the land and the culture. Get over it.

    I am going to take the position that the Center for Women and Community, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success, and the campus’ diversity office, the Stonewall Center are indulging in sarcasm. No actual college capable person could be making those statements in any other manner.

    1. Well…Cherokee women were not historically “hypersexualized.” Some of them, e.g. Nunnehi, wore just as much protective deer hide as seemed useful while they were out killing idiots from enemy tribes. SCREAMers should avoid tempting people.

    2. Assuming anyone to be racist without knowing them is the most racist one can be. …content of character, not color of skin…..

  52. ‘”No, it’s cool, it’s not like your ancestors killed them all or anything,” reads one flyer alongside a cartoon of two white women in headdresses.’

    So, as long as your ancestors definitely didn’t kill any indians its okay then? Or is it not okay if you share a skin color with people whose ancestors killed indians? What if you’re mostly native american but you also have ancestors who killed other native americans (are there any native americans left who aren’t at least partially some other race?)? What if you’re a more oppressed minority? Can you dress as a less oppressed but still oppressed other minority? Are albino black people treated as white? If someone dresses in KKK robes and you can’t see their skin is it a threatening costume if they are black? White? Does it only become a threat or not a threat after the hood is removed or does it magically project the correct threat level even while the wearer is hidden? How does the threat level of a threat level of a white guy with a bunch of red tubes strapped to his chest compare to a middle eastern man with a similar costume? On this scale what is the threat level of a real suicide bomber walking around in a halloween party?

    I have so many questions about this scale.

  53. Dress like a member of your own race? But…which one?

    What if, instead of seeing people as “race” types, you’re actually starting to see more of a distinction between people whose multiracial heritage is more obvious than your own, and people whose multiracial heritage is less obvious?

    I know I’m *at least* biracial, because it shows…but when people take DNA tests, just about everybody has a small percentage of DNA that’s typical of *all* the “racial” types.

    And as my mother’s Messianic Jewish rabbi said when friends tried to move Mother to that side of the MJ/SDA fellowship, the fact that just about all of our known ancestors were active Christians doesn’t *prove* that none of our ancestors was Jewish. (I am a whole-Bible Christian. My mother, who brought me up that way, later converted to Messianic Judaism in order to keep a favorite patient’s home completely kosher.)

    Wouldn’t SCREAM, well, scream about that one!

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