What Not To Wear–Halloween Edition
One notable thing during Halloween is how Americans–and especially White Americans–think that the holiday gives them license to dress up in various racial and ethnic “costumes” in a manner they wouldn’t dare do any other time.
This is basically a politically correct form of racial black/brown/yellowface that mainstream America indulges in.
So in honor of this year’s Halloween, here is a holiday version of “What Not To Wear.”
The “Kung Fool” mask. Idiot puns + racist mask = hours of Halloween hilarity!
The “China Man” costume. Freak and Easy.
The “Fee Ling You” Mask. Get it? Fee Ling You/Feeling you? Also, check out the blurb on the side of the ad with the racial references to fortune cookies and take-out orders. That is so frigging funny! Not.
The “Fee Ling You” mask, part 2. More American stupidity.
An all-time favorite, the Geisha Girl yellowface costume. Orientalist exoticization has never been so fun!
But wait. Even your dog can join in all the Halloween fun with this “Chinese restaurant takeout box” costume for your favorite canine.
I have primarily focused on racist costumes of Asian people, but other minorities are not free from this kind of thing either. Here are a couple of minor examples:
The “Illegal Alien” costume. An oh-so clever take on (Latino) immigrants in America.
The “Rasta Dredlock” wig costume. Hey mon, even White people can be cool (runnings) now.
And because these types of Halloween minstrel costumes are all the rage for some White people, here is one that would make an excellent last-minute costume idea: McDonald’s hilarious Gaijin mascot, Mr. James. I’m Lovin’ It!