Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costumes: A setback for all transgender people?

(Photo: Wikipedia)
(Photo: Wikipedia)

By Jillian Page
LGBT Perspectives editor

QUEBEC — From the “Nothing surprises me anymore” department comes news that Caitlyn Jenner “Halloween costumes” will be sold this fall. More than one type, if I am reading things clearly.

And I’ve read one report that also talks about a “tranny granny costume” that will be available, if not already available.

One company, Spirit Halloween, that is reported to be coming out with a Jenner costume says it is not doing so out of disrespect. On the contrary, it says, it’s paying tribute to her because she is a “superhero,” according to a report on Inquisitr.com.

Needless to say, trans advocates are upset about all of this and are asking people to boycott the Spirit Halloween costume, and probably the other ones, too. Halloween is about vampires, monsters, ghosts and witches, they are saying.

In truth, Halloween used to be about confronting death and poking fun at the myths associated with superstition surrounding death. Hence, the creepy costumes. But as Wikipedia points out, “over time in the United States (and beyond), the costume selection extended to include popular characters from fiction, celebrities and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses.”

And as a Spirit Halloween PR person points out in the Inquisitr article, “Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year, and Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her.”

Well, there’s no doubt that many trans advocates and media outlets have been proclaiming Caitlyn Jenner as some kind of hero, as if she is the Messiah for transgender people. It has been all Caitlyn all the time. So, the “Halloween costume” thing shouldn’t surprise any of us, capitalism being what it is.

But while some people, i.e. kids, wear Superman costumes and such to celebrate the triumph of good over evil and all that stuff, I’m not sure how many kids will be wearing “Caitlyn Jenner costumes” to celebrate the acceptance of transgender people when they go trick or treating this Oct. 31.

You can be sure some adults will wear them to various parties, and not always out of respect. Indeed, some of the ads I’ve seen for so-called “Caitlyn Jenner costumes” show guys wearing them — guys with stubble on their faces, hairy legs and really cheap wigs.

The whole thing may play right into the right-wing, redneck agenda — and it’s something Caitlyn and her backers should have foreseen when they made her gender transition a tabloid affair.

Sadly, the Halloween costumes could do more to hurt transgender people than anything Caitlyn Jenner can ever do to help them. She and, by extension, transgender people in general may be mocked by thousands of people this Halloween who see transgenderism as one big joke and transgender people as monsters — and some retailers seem prepared to make it easy for them to do so.

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“Let harmlessness be the keynote of your life.” — Alice Bailey

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2 thoughts on “Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costumes: A setback for all transgender people?”

  1. I don’t see it as a problem. Just the fact that there is a costume spotlighting a trans person is something I never dreamed I would see in my lifetime. Just the thought of a right winger showing up at the local bar in a costume like that leaves me laughing so hard I am speechless .

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  2. That is really disheartening. I think the Kardashian vibe (and anyone connected to them) turns anything they touch into a circus side show. It doesn’t even make sense as a cosume unless it’s purpose is to mock. Nobody wears serious, heartfelt costumes like “Nobel Prize Winner.”

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