Oh no, Halloween won't be the same without the racism!
Why oh why did the “We’re a culture, not a costume” meme have to get derailed?
When I saw the original campaign I thought “Yessss about fucking time”, and it seemed like it was getting a lot of support. But I mean, it’s the internet, and I understand that it’s sort of inevitable that all memes get co-opted over time. So we started getting cats and vampires and pokemon protesting their misrepresentation….which was… sorta cute and funny, I guess, in small amounts. But boy, oh boy has it brought out some ugly rhetoric in the comments. Ugly, stupid, pants-wettingly immature rhetoric.
Knee-jerk outrage to things that are politically correct (read: reasonable, respectful, decent) is an infantile hangup. People (including me) often do it because it seems like someone is threatening their freedom to do whatever they wanna. It’s not something that should be masquerading as a legitimate argument. It is something one ought to be embarrassed about.
Saying that your perceived right to wear completely offensive caricatures is more important than the cultures of the actual people you are pissing off is much like drawing on the walls with your own feces: if you catch yourself doing it as an adult, you should perhaps step back and say “Wow, maybe I should examine my lifestyle and grow up a bit”.
And maybe there IS a time and a place where it’s reasonable for you, a presumably privileged white person, to discuss the limits of what is considered discriminatory behavior and language. But again, like making fecal wall art, the percentage of times when this activity is appropriate is probably fairly small. And it isn’t HERE, debating whether or not your “sexy marginalized person” costume is actually offensive to a marginalized person, who may or may not be sexy, but is definitely offended.
Now, I know I’ve painted a few masterpieces of ignorance in my time. But it’s not something I’m proud of, you know? Let us perhaps try to move past this and not pretend like it’s okay. We could be so much better than this.
ooh what kind of barbarian is that supposed to be? something like goth or hun? or like a scalping new worlder? super cool
Well, as far as we’ve been able to discern from the internet, Godric was originally from Gaul, but was captured as a Roman slave and then escaped into Scandinavia and lived in the wild. The design we used was just from the TV character, and I have no idea if it’s period-accurate or not. Thank you! I’m glad you think it’s cool. :)
(I’m not sure how I feel about the phrase “scalping new-worlder” though. :| )