Caitlyn Jenner has been making constant headlines over the past few months. Today is no exception to that, as a new costume mimicking the stars Vanity Fair cover is raising a lot of debate.
Many retailers are carrying the Halloween ensemble which includes very tiny white shorts, a white corset, a “Call Me Caitlyn” sash and a brown wig. Countless Tweets of people explaining their views have been circulating through the Web, as more and more people jump on board.
Some fans are so outraged that a Change.org campaign was even created to Spirit Halloween to stop exploiting Jenner. The page created by Addison Vincent reads:
Spirit Halloween: We demand that you revoke your ideas and production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume for Halloween. With a reputation of sexist, racist, and culturally appropriative costumes, we are concerned that this costume will continue your oppressive tradition with a transphobic costume of Caitlyn Jenner. Yes, as your PR and marketing head Trisha Lombardo stated in an interview, Caitlyn Jenner is a hero and celebrated in modern day culture, but that doesn’t excuse the exploitation and transphobia you’ll be committing this Halloween. To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse. In this case, if you follow through with production of a Caitlyn Jenner costume, cisgender people will purchase it to make fun of her and our community. At a time when trans women and GNC folx, especially black trans women, are being murdered at such a high rate, and homelessness, unemployment, and inaccessbility to healthcare run rampant in our community, making fun of one or all of us is utterly insensitive and deplorable.
Furthermore, if your intent was truly to celebrate our community by having a costume of trans hero, you should have seriously considered trailblazers from Stonewall such as Miss Major, Marsha P Johnson, or Sylvia Rivera, but with your record of problematic costumes it seems best to avoid turning anyone in our community into a costume for your own profit. Do not turn Cailtyn Jenner into a costume. Your profit will only lead to greater transphobia and marginalization of an already at-risk community.
Addison Rose Vincent Transfeminine Genderqueer Activist
What do you think? Should there be a Caitlyn Jenner costume, or is this just plain wrong?