Cultural Appropriation

Yes, White Kids Can Dress Up As Black Panther for Halloween

"The idea that only black kids would wear Black Panther costumes is insane to me."

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Black Panther
Screenshot via Marvel

Every year, Halloween prompts much handwringing over cultural appropriation and whether it's okay to let kids dress up as fictional characters who belong to other cultures. In 2017, I wrote about a mom who didn't want her little girl to be Disney's Princess Moana.

This year, it's Black Panther. People's Jen Juneau warned white parents to "think twice" before dressing their sons up as T'Challa, king of the fictional African country of Wakanda, or any of his retainers. Activist mother Steph Montgomery overruled her 8-year-old son's decision to trick-or-treat as Black Panther, writing, "Maybe, in a future where there are more black superheroes, I might feel differently, but for now my answer stands." (Her son eventually decided to be the dinosaur Yoshi, which Montgomery is "totally okay with," even though Yoshi was created by a Japanese company.)

Thankfully, some of the people involved in the creation of Black Panther don't see things the same way.

"The idea that only black kids would wear Black Panther costumes is insane to me," Reg Hudlin, a filmmaker who worked on the animated Black Panther TV series, told The Washington Post.

And Ruth Carter, a costume designer who helped craft Black Panther's clothing, said,"If we don't embrace other cultures and let other ethnicities embrace ours, then we're hypocrites."

That's exactly right. Kids of various ethnicities all wanting to celebrate the coolness of Black Panther should count as a much-needed win for tolerance and diversity. By all means, go trick-or-treating as T'Challa.

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  1. I avoid all the confusion by dressing as a sexy Reason commenter.

    1. So your costume doesn’t exist? That is spooky!

      1. Crusty still exists. But where did Unicorn Abbatoir find enough human body hair to make the costume work?

        1. “Crusty still exists”

          Hey look you namechecked the guy you sycophantically follow around.

          That’s some weaksauce (am I doing that right? I don’t often use lame ancient terminology so I might have it wrong).

          1. I don’t often use lame ancient terminology

            So says the guy who named himself after the lamest and most wanted-to-be-forgotten commenter in H&R history.

        2. It’s pretty amazing how “Crusty Juggler” and “Citizen X” disappeared at exactly the same time.

          Oh wait, that’s right, it’s not amazing at all, because they’re the same stupid jerkoff.

          1. Haha, still on this particular tinfoil conspiracy, Mikey?

          2. As opposed to you, who got banned but didn’t take the hint that everyone else thinks of you as a stupid jerkoff.

  2. “Every year, Halloween prompts much handwringing over cultural appropriation…”

    Every year? Hardly.

  3. Steph Montgomery overruled her 8-year-old son’s decision to trick-or-treat as Black Panther, writing, “Maybe, in a future where there are more black superheroes, I might feel differently, but for now my answer stands.”

    Um, I can think of one other black superhero besides Black Panther from Marvel (Luke Cage/Power Man) and two from DC (Cyborg) and, arguably, Deadshot. And that’s just off the top of my head. This woman needs a reality check and needs to get a life. I feel bad for kids that have to deal with such uncool moms!

    1. Movie version Nick Fury and Blade have a sad.

      1. And Falcon. And War Machine. But I suppose maybe they all look alike to Mrs. Montgomery?

    2. Don’t forget Black Vulcan.

      “And you think I named *myself* Black Vulcan? Hell, no! I used to go by Supervolt. “Black Vulcan” was Aquaman’s idea. And I said, well, maybe we should just call you White Fish.”

    3. There’s Shaft!

    4. Storm form Xmen

    5. Black Lightning.
      Falcon.

    6. Also, Spiderman – Miles Morales. These people are idiots. She’s worried about “cultural appropriation” and she thinks there’s only one black superhero. That’s pretty racist tbh. She thinks all superheroes look alike.

      1. So that did post. Thanks Reason.

    7. Even Spiderman is black. Miles Morales anyone? There’s already a trailer for the movie FFS. These people are idiots. She thinks there’s only one black superhero. She’s worried about “cultural appropriation” and doesn’t even realize she’s racist. She thinks all superheroes look alike. Do they all wear capes too?

  4. Steph Montgomery overruled her 8-year-old son’s decision to trick-or-treat as Black Panther, writing, “Maybe, in a future where there are more black superheroes, I might feel differently, but for now my answer stands.”

    Um, I can think of one other black superhero besides Black Panther from Marvel (Luke Cage/Power Man) and two from DC (Cyborg) and, arguably, Deadshot. And that’s just off the top of my head. This woman needs a reality check and needs to get a life. I feel bad for kids that have to deal with such uncool moms!

    1. Blade’s been around for a while. And there’s the Black Falcon, also from Marvel.

      1. Col. Rhodes/ War Machine, also in come incarnations of the comics Nick Fury is black (and of course in the MCU he’s played by Samuel L. Jackson), so she doesn’t even have to be all that familiar with the comics because all the ones mentioned are either in the MCU already, Netflix, or in the case of Blade, his own movie franchise.

        Clearly this person is a complete moron.

        1. Cloak of Cloak and Dagger. Storm from the X-Men.

          Outside the MCU, at one point, Spawn (maybe not a hero but very apt for Halloween) was more popular than Spiderman/Superman.

          Do you count as black if you’re white but your parasite isn’t?

          1. Hey, my ex-boyfriend is NOT the issue here.

          2. Good ones, all! Thank you.

            I can’t believe I forgot Storm!

            I think the original comic book Blade was white, but I can only picture him as Wesley Snipes now.

            As for Nick Fury–I guess I’m old because I still envision him as a white guy with a crew cut and eye patch.

            1. “I think the original comic book Blade was white”

              Incorrect.

          3. Doctor Voodoo

            Spawn

            Deathlok

            Heimdal & Valkyrie ( MCU)

            Bishop

            The Signal

            1. Sorry didn’t see Spawn was mentioned

            2. Also, Moon Girl and Ironheart.

    2. Don’t forget Handi-man.

      1. Underrated comment right here.

    3. John Stewart Green Lantern, is another DC comics character. Vixen, for the ladies. Mr. Terrific is another made more popular thanks to CW’s The Arrow. Kid Flash too, who is white in the comics but black on TV.

      On the Marvel side, we have Deathlok from Agents of SHIELD, Miles Morales Spider-man, and many others noted in other comments.

      1. We, of course, should not forget the time Shaq tried to play the role of DC’s version of Tony Stark.

      2. There’s also Frozone from the Incredibles.

      3. I think Arrow made Mr. Terrific less popular.

  5. This mother should go down to her kid’s school and complain about the cultural appropriation inherent in teaching white kids about Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, the Tuskegee Airmen, Martin Luther King, Jr., etc. How dare white kids be allowed to treat these people as heroes!

      1. Yellow Tony, is that you?

        1. Hey, I’m the one who uses Tubgirl around here. ME. Not alternate-universe me, ME.

      2. I got 3 Tubgirls & a Tubboy here: http://users.bestweb.net/~robgood/lather.htm . All libertarian, BTW.

    1. One of my friends dressed her four year old black son as Alfalfa from our gang. And he looked adorable.

  6. You can change your gender because it’s fluid, but a white kid can’t dress like a black superhero because it’s cultural appropriation.

    I just want to punch the world sometimes.

    1. I wish Reason would not rely on such low-hanging fruit all the time. The scolds who think white kids can’t dress up as black superheroes have critically failed in a basic liberty test; their ineptitude is best disregarded as the drivel it is. But don’t expect Reason to ever grapple with the question of whether it’s pro-liberty to encourage people to butcher their genitals because they think they got the wrong set of plumbing.

      1. Having a surgery that results in the genitals one wants is hardly “butchering” their genitals, considering that the surgeries are dome really profesionally and the results are usually great. If course a surgically made vagina is not the same as the natural one, but if it works pretty much just like the real one, where’s the problem? Penises are harder to be made, and can never work the way natural ones do, but doctors are trying to make them as realistic as possible. If surgically made genitals are sexually

    2. I don’t know about punching, but an ancient Nahuatl therapy is to dig a hole into Mother Earth and shout all your troubles into it.

      1. I’m familiar with a ceremony where they put you in a hole in the earth, but if you end up shouting complaints the ceremony is considered to have been done prematurely.

  7. (Her son eventually decided to be the dinosaur Yoshi, which Montgomery is “totally okay with,” even though Yoshi was created by a Japanese company.)

    Does she not know who bombed Pearl Harbor? That’s right, the dinosaurs.

    1. Wait, I thought that documentary I was watching the other day said it was the German?

      1. I think it was hosted by John Belushi.

      2. No no no. It was cow and chicken.

  8. Activist mother Steph Montgomery…

    “Activist mother?” That’s a real fucking thing? You can’t just raise your kid as you see fit and let other moms raise theirs the way they choose and not be an “activist” for some stupid cause? I’ve never even heard of this stupid cunt before but those two words are all I need to see to know that I hate every thing about this bitch.

    (Her son eventually decided to be the dinosaur Yoshi, which Montgomery is “totally okay with,” even though Yoshi was created by a Japanese company.)

    Since dinosaurs are extinct there’s none of them left to offend, and for victimhood status purposes, Asians are considered “white” so fuck ’em.

    1. The dinosaurs were wiped out when a bunch of neanderthals (proto-white people) discovered fire and increased carbon emissions, so she has a point.

    2. “Activist mother?”

      If you don’t take on the title, how is everybody supposed to know who the woke mom on the block is?

  9. People’s Jen Juneau warned white parents to “think twice” before dressing their sons up as T’Challa, king of the fictional African country of Wakanda, or any of his retainers.

    White Killmonger, duh.

    1. “Think twice”

      Or what? You gonna come over to my neighborhood and yell at kids wearing costumes that don’t match their ethnicity? And being Texas, some of whose parents are well-armed …

      1. i think they fear social media roasting

  10. >>>dressing their sons up as T’Challa

    um, daughters too.

  11. and what the fuck would Mr. Rogers say about this? thought Sesame Street and Electric Co. taught us to not see skin tone

  12. Yes, White Kids Can Dress Up As Mister Interlocutor for Halloween.

    Zip, Jim, Bones and Tambo too!

  13. The owners of the Black Panther trademark have given the go-ahead for little alabaster chillrens to buy their trademarked costumes for Halloween.

    Finally there is unity between the races. All it took was royalties. Simple.

  14. How the hell do you explain this to kids? “Honey, whites folks and black folks don’t mix.” Uhhh… what?

  15. Just want to point out there is no such thing as Wakandan culture because it doesn’t exist.

  16. Uhhhh… wasn’t Black Panther created by a couple of white dudes?

  17. The sad thing is that it’s white nerds who know that there are tons of black superheroes. Sad because quite a few of them were created with the express purpose of getting black kids to read comics with the same rabid collectivity of white kids.

    Didn’t work.

    It’s only started to work now, a little bit, because Marvel’s hammering it into the popular culture.

    But we still got more black kids dressed as ‘black kid’ for Halloween than we did Black Panther. Why? Because Halloween costumes are for stupid wipipo.

    The girls are better than the boys, but not by much.

  18. Send them out with a leather jacket, black beret, Ray-bans and an ak-47 and nobody will fuck with them.

  19. Sure got a different reaction when a woman said that it is ok for a white person to ware a black face when portraying a black person!

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