Halloween is right around the corner -- if you have yet to choose a costume, you might want to stay clear of these offensive choices.
With plenty of costumes on the market, it's important to be conscious of the ones you chose. Your costume may seem funny at the time, but you may get yourself into some trouble if it's racist, homophobic or just downright offensive.
Even celebrities have shown us that tasteless costumes can yield to a series of consequences. In 2013, Julianne Hough dressed as Crazy Eyes from 'Orange is the New Black -- today, she's still "mortified" by her 'racist' costume. Or take this man, who was slammed by the internet for going as a bottle of roofies a few years ago -- we don't get it either.
strong stuff from Guy Who Thinks This Is Funny pic.twitter.com/ry5PlJLa1A— Jim Lohmar (@jimlohmar) November 1, 2016
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Even costumes from your favorite children's movie -- from Pocahontas to geishas -- may easily be considered 'cultural appropriation.' Last Halloween, coming off of the huge success of Disney's 'Moana', the company was heavily criticized for its selling of a controversial Moana costume.
The outfit, based on The Rock's character Maui, featured a leaf skirt, tribal tattoos and 'brown skin' -- many considered the outfit an example of Polynesian appropriation.
In the end, Disney pulled the costume, issuing an apology following the viral complaints.
"The team behind ‘Moana’ has taken great care to respect the cultures of the Pacific Islands that inspired the film, and we regret that the Maui costume has offended some,” Disney said in a statement released Wednesday. “We sincerely apologize and are pulling the costume from our website and stores," a representative of the company said.
So for this Halloween, make sure to think twice about the costume you're buying. If you're still on the lookout for what to wear, check out some of our favorite, non-offensive costumes here.