Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Trans lives are not punchlines' - 'Call Me Caitlyn' Halloween costume causes outrage

Published 25/08/2015 | 09:57

A petition to ban a controversial 'Call Me Caitlyn' Halloween costume has gained over 1,300 signatures.

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The Change.org petition was set up in response to a Halloween costume consisting of a cream one-piece with a sash that says 'Call Me Caitlyn', a clear homage to Caitlyn Jenner's iconic revelation covershoot in Vanity Fair.

The photograph that illustrates the costume on their website features a man dressed in the outfit and heels.

The online costume shop, Anytimecostumes.com, wrote that  "a sash that says "call me Caitlyn" also comes with the set so that there will be no mistaking who you are dressed as this Halloween".

Caitlin Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair
Caitlin Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair

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"You probably won't break any Twitter records when you wear this outfit like Caitlyn did when she first made her account, but you'll be sure to get a few laughs out of your friends and the other guests at the get together."

In response, the Change.org petition reads: "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".

Addison Vincent, the person behind the petition, wrote that "to make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse".

Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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"At a time when trans women...are being murdered at such a high rate... making fun of one or all of us is utterly insensitive and deplorable".

Supporters of the petition have taken to the site to explain why the costume is so problematic.

Nikki Knupp wrote: "I'm signing this because this costume reinforces the dangerously flawed idea that trans women are just "men in dresses".

Another supporter described the costume as "a hideous and cruel joke pitted against the trans community", with another adding "trans lives are not punchlines".

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