As I go about my day reading about all the ridiculous things in the world sometimes I have to pause and share, just so I can drag the rest of you into the madness. These are the things that ran through my mind upon seeing this photo:
- Is it possible to start a class action suit on behalf of all the Crystal’s who would like to maintain a higher standard for people who actually get to have our name?
- Is he wearing a suit or a prison uniform?
- Both of them need to have a seat somewhere, anywhere, except on my screen.
And while we’re on Halloween costume idiocy Gayle King said it best this morning: when it comes to blackface or Hitler costumes, just don’t do it. Just don’t. How many idiots do you have to see mea culpa before it’s clear that it’s a double U—unfunny and uninspired, and offensive plain and simple. There is no gray area with these.
Which brings me to a question I think is legitimate: when does a costume cross the boundary into culturally offensive territory? When dressing as a cowboy, for example, that’s a universal profession that people of many races and cultures perform. However, dressing as an Indian crosses the boundary because there are many types of Indians in the world and it’s not a profession. Does dressing as a Geisha or a Hula dancer also fall into this apparently sometimes gray area?
Would love to hear other’s thoughts.