7 of This Year’s Most Controversial and Cringe-Worthy Halloween Costumes
October 7, 2018
This Halloween, there are quite literally
tons of options to choose from when it comes to selecting your costume. For instance, we’re LIVING for dressing up as one of the Incredibles superheroes, in the Ariana Grande “God is a Woman” music video, and even — dare we say it — Yodel Boy. That being said, there are some costumes being sold right now that are simply NOT okay, and by that we mean that they’re actually super controversial.
Whether it’s a poorly executed costume that references politics, or a sexy costume that just shouldn’t be sexy, some costume-makers got it SO wrong this year. Ready for a list of
costumes that you definitely should NOT wear on October 31? Take a look at these seven cringe-worthy ensembles.
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Sexy Handmaid's Tale
After tons of backlash for this "Sexy Handmaid's Tale" costume,
Yandy.com decided to pull it from the site entirely. If you've ever seen the show, The Handmaid's Tale, you know that some of its central themes are misogyny and rape. Therefore, it's completely understandable why people wouldn't want this costume to be sexualized in any way.
After seeing the costume, many people took to Twitter to share their thoughts. One person said, "Yes, this is what the handmaid's tale was missing — more leg," with another person writing, "If I see anyone in a sexy handmaids tale costume this year I will throw my drink at you."
Well, there you have it, folks!
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If you didn't catch it last year, Yandy made a costume with one of
Donald Trump's signature and redundant catchphrases, "Fake news." Of course, that small two-word phrase was made into a sexy Halloween costume, and this year, the brand has released a very similar-looking costume called "Sexy Anonymous Op-Ed."
The body-hugging minidress might look cheap, but alas, it's not. The frock costs a whopping $49.95, and aside from not being worth it, it's probably not a good idea to show up to a costume party in a politics-inspired outfit when there are just so many better options to choose from. Just sayin'.
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Another costume that's generating a lot of buzz this year is the one that specifically alludes to the phenomenon of "ghosting." TBH, no one likes to have their text messages ignored, so many people aren't thrilled with the idea of this costume, and we can't blame them!
When it comes down to it, making fun of other peoples' pain just isn't cool, and it seems like the Internet agrees. In response to the costume, one person wrote, "HELLO... did anyone read the msgs? Clearly they're from the person who's gotten ghosted; infusing some humor into a painful immature form of rejection." We couldn't agree more!
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When we went onto the Urban Outfitters website only to find this "influencer" costume, our eyes rolled so far in the back of our heads that we almost couldn't roll them back. As you can tell, there's pretty much nothing to this costume, and you probably even own similar clothing items already. Still, it's being sold for $59. Say whaaat?
Yes, you heard that right. This "costume" doesn't come cheap, and do you want to know the worst part? It doesn't even come with all of the items in the photo! The set only includes the bra top and leggings, so the cap, the glasses, the wig, the sweatshirt and sneakers you're going to have to find elsewhere. How ridiculous is that?!
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Donald Trump Jr.
For those of you who aren't familiar with PETA, they're an animal rights organization dedicated to treating animals ethically. That being said, they're coming for
Donald Trump Jr. this year with this costume, which is a reference to a photo he took after hunting a leopard several years ago.
This time around, PETA chose to flip the script, making the leopard the one who wins. Although we can see how this would be considered controversial, PETA made sure that all profits would go towards their mission of saving wildlife, which is actually pretty cool!
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Sexy Native American
Okay, so we can't exactly call this costume new, but this year it's getting a lot of heat and we
totally understand why. On yandy.com, more than 40 different versions of this costume are being sold and, of course, people are slamming it on social media for cultural appropriation.
In response to the sites "Sexy Native American" costumes, one Twitter user wrote, "Hey @Yandy, I'm disgusted by your Culture-as-Costume selections, especially your 'Native American' collection. Racism is a bad look. #cancelyandy." Another person said, "I really do hope @Yandy takes down those costumes that they appropriated from Native American Cultures." Honestly, we do, too.
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We know what you're thinking: you've seen about one million princess/bride/zombie hybrid costumes in your day, and trust us... we get it. However, this particular costume being sold by a company called Party Pieces in the U.K. has since stopped the sale of this costume.
So, why'd they stop selling it? We knew you'd ask! Basically, Party Pieces is a company owned and operated by
Kate Middleton's mother, and considering that Kate is part of the royal family, the sale of it just didn't sit well with, well, anyone. Several people felt that the costume was disrespectful to the late Princess Diana, and after all of the backlash they received for it, they felt it was best to no longer sell it. Good choice if you ask us!