8 Racist Halloween Costumes White People Need to Stop Wearing

Updated on August 9, 2019
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8 Racist Halloween Costumes White People Need to Stop Wearing
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A Lesson in Cultural Appropriation

Many people are unfamiliar with the exact meaning of cultural appropriation, yet it happens all the time. So what is it exactly? Cultural appropriation is:

' . . . picking and choosing elements of a culture by a member of another culture without permission. This includes traditional knowledge, religious symbols, artifacts or any other unauthorized use of cultural practice or ideation.'

Why is this definition important? Every Halloween, someone makes the uninformed decision to wear a costume that is deeply insensitive, offensive or outright racist. The troubling part is, some of these costumes are so mainstream that consumers aren't even aware of how problematic they can be. I understand how white people buy and wear some of the costumes on this list with good intentions, but ignorance does not make it okay.

Let's dive into a lesson on offensive costume attire and some alternative costume ideas. Here are a few costumes that are absolutely inappropriate:

8 Racist Halloween Costumes

  1. Geisha
  2. Native Princess/Chieftess
  3. Any Black Celebrity/Stereotype
  4. G**psy
  5. Sugar Skull
  6. Anything Mexican/Stereotype
  7. Egyptian Anything
  8. Indian Anything

Being a geisha is a highly respected profession, not a fun idea for a costume.
Being a geisha is a highly respected profession, not a fun idea for a costume.

1. Geisha

Geishas are part of a subculture in Japan with strict rules and protocols. Being a geisha is a highly respected profession, so throwing on a $40 mass-produced kimono and painting your face white isn't honouring them—it's a slap in the face.

Ask yourself the following:

  • Are you familiar with the process of becoming a geisha?
  • Do you know how much effort is involved?
  • Do you know how much time it takes and how much is sacrificed to become a geisha?

Check out the documentary below for a glimpse of what it's like to apprentice as a geisha. It'll definitely make you think twice about putting on a kimono and shuffling around come Halloween.

Alternative Costume Idea: Pin-up, queen or vampiress.

BBC's 'Geisha Girl' Documentary

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This costume is not cute.Violence against indigenous women is a serious issue that deeply impacts families all across the world.
This costume is not cute.
This costume is not cute.
Violence against indigenous women is a serious issue that deeply impacts families all across the world.
Violence against indigenous women is a serious issue that deeply impacts families all across the world. | Source

2. Native Princess/Chieftess

This costume idea is particularly awful. Half (49%) of women murdered in Canada are aboriginal, and 1181 indigenous women and girls were murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012.

Any white person dressing up as an indigenous person is being horrendously offensive. It doesn't matter if you have a deep appreciation for a specific aspect of indigenous culture; it doesn't matter if you've been to a reservation before and bought authentic moccasins; it doesn't matter if you're 1/6th Cree. It's just not acceptable.

Alternative Costume Idea: European king/queen, princess/prince or a pirate.

'Safety for Our Sisters': Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women

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This costume is cringeworthy.There is no difference between this and the modern-day costume pictured before. Both are examples of blackface.
This costume is cringeworthy.
This costume is cringeworthy.
There is no difference between this and the modern-day costume pictured before. Both are examples of blackface.
There is no difference between this and the modern-day costume pictured before. Both are examples of blackface. | Source

3. Any Black Celebrity/Stereotype

So what does this mean? No afro wigs, brown or black face paint or dressing up as famous black people if you are not black. Simply don't do it. White people dressing up as caricatures of black people is part of a long and racist history; it's called blackface and minstrelsy.

Historically, white people would don blackface and travel in singing and dancing groups—the entire point of which was to mock black people. Still not familiar? You should take the time to learn more about the painful history of blackface.

Alternative Costume Idea: Literally any white celebrity, dead or alive. There are thousands of famous white people you could dress up as. So no, even if you're a fan, there is absolutely no reason on Earth that you need to dress up as Tupac Shakur.

The History of Blackface in America

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This costume is simply a product of white fantasy.This is the reality.
This costume is simply a product of white fantasy.
This costume is simply a product of white fantasy.
This is the reality.
This is the reality. | Source

4. G**sy

The word itself is often considered a slur, so you can imagine how insensitive dressing up as a Roma person is. Roma people have been systemically persecuted for hundreds of years; in World War II alone, the Germans and their allies killed 25% of all European Roma. Sadly, they are persecuted to this day.

Don't wrap your hair in a bandana, slap on some bangles and wander around barefoot going on about how much you want to travel the world in a caravan. You are mocking the very real pain of an entire group of people, not just channelling your wanderlust.

Alternative Costume Idea: Explorer, backpacker or tourist.

'A People Uncounted': The Untold Story of the Roma

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This costume appropriates Dia de Los Muertos, a holiday during which family members honor the dead."Sex workers wearing skeleton masks gather in Mexico City for a procession to remember their deceased colleagues." This is serious stuff.
This costume appropriates Dia de Los Muertos, a holiday during which family members honor the dead.
This costume appropriates Dia de Los Muertos, a holiday during which family members honor the dead.
"Sex workers wearing skeleton masks gather in Mexico City for a procession to remember their deceased colleagues." This is serious stuff.
"Sex workers wearing skeleton masks gather in Mexico City for a procession to remember their deceased colleagues." This is serious stuff. | Source

5. Sugar Skull

This costume concept seems to be a big trend recently. In fact, my mom almost bought one of these costumes herself without realizing it was offensive. However, Day of the Dead, or Día de Los Muertos, is an important holiday in Mexico. It is a time for reflection, prayer and honouring the deceased. It is a spiritual and culturally specific holiday, so sugar skulls are not just pretty makeup for every white girl to paint her face with. They mean a lot more than that.

Alternative Costume Idea: Skeleton . . . just a normal skeleton. You can even put some makeup on and be a glam skeleton. Done.

Mexico: The Tradition of Día de Muertos

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This stereotype is deeply offensive.Real issues.
This stereotype is deeply offensive.
This stereotype is deeply offensive.
Real issues.
Real issues.

6. Anything Mexican/Stereotype

While we're talking about Mexico, this is your friendly reminder NOT to don a sombrero, poncho and adhesive moustache and shriek 'Areeeeeeba! Areeeeeeba!' at the top of your lungs. Considering the current debate about 'illegal immigrants' from Mexico going on in the United States, the border issues, deportations and the mass shootings of 2019 targeting Mexican nationals and Latin Americans, this costume is particularly distasteful.

Are you Mexican? No. Have you ever even been to Mexico? Probably not. Even if you have, you still look like an asshole.

Alternative Costume Idea: '70s porn star, Ron Burgundy, stereotypical '70s man (if you already bought the moustache), Victorian or Edwardian gentleman or bard.

The Hidden Life of an Undocumented US Immigrant

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This costume is unacceptable.This is appropriate.
This costume is unacceptable.
This costume is unacceptable.
This is appropriate.
This is appropriate. | Source

7. Egyptian Anything

Pharaohs, Nefertiti costumes, anks, etc. . . . these are not for white people to wear. The Ancient Egyptians were basically the only African civilization given any exposure or respect, and even then they've been systemically denied. Like I said before, there are so many other options available to white people.

Alternative Costume Idea: Medieval/Gothic attire or European royalty.

Egypt's Cultural Heritage in Danger

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This costume is icky.This is appropriate.
This costume is icky.
This costume is icky.
This is appropriate.
This is appropriate. | Source

8. Indian Anything

One more white girl wearing a bindi will make me scream. Only desi and Hindu people can wear bindis and tikkas. I don't care if Gwen Stefani did it; I don't care if Selena Gomez did it; I just don't care. They were both wrong for reducing the bindi to a fashion accessory, and so are you. Take the time to read about why appropriating the bindi is deeply offensive.

Appropriate Costume Idea: European royalty or historical dress; faery/mermaid/fantasy character (you can stick gems on plenty of other places on your face!).

The Bindi: The Red Dot

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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        Mike 

        6 days ago

        About the Egyptian section, Im sorry but when african americans use/wear anything related to the pharoahs, y'all are just stealing our culture

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        Anotha one 

        6 days ago

        Oh and I notice you didn’t put god among any of those offensive costumes. Now I personally don’t care if people dress up like god, I’m not Christian. But people do it all the time and there is no outrage yet there’s outrage when other religious gods are used as costumes. Personally I feel all religious costumes should be fair game as religion does not represent an entire group of people. There will always be nonbelievers. Religion is chosen. You choose to believe in allah, god, or whatever gods that Buddhism and Wicca and all that shit have.

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        Ashamed 

        2 weeks ago

        Well.....that backfired. I was angry reading this article and had lots of things to say, but now i almost feel sorry for you.

        You just totally missed the mark with this. You could have used this to educate people. Instead you have juat created more hate. (Look at all the angry comments)

        One thing i will say that i dont think has been said yet , but i may be wrong. "Racism" is totally the wrong word. Its thrown around far too easily these days. Look up the definition please. Some people are trying to put an end to the blind hate that goes on in the world and you are part of the problem!

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        silence 

        2 weeks ago

        SJW stupidity. Nobody cares. Mexicans sell Mexican costumes to white people. Chinese people sell Chinese clothing and costumes to white people, why because they don't care. Only white left wing SJW's care and are offended FOR people who themselves aren't offended.

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        Izzy 

        3 weeks ago

        Never does this author mention people of other races mocking white people or dressing up as white characters. It is only offensive it white people do it. This is the double standard that bothers me so much. If a hispanic or asian person dressed up as a white celebrity or character no one would care but as soon as a little white girl goes trick or treating as Pocahontas it becomes offensive.

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        NZ 

        3 weeks ago

        Terrible article. The author was very mad when they wrote this

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        Joe 

        3 weeks ago

        I will dress however I want, thank you for your stupid article. Start contributing to society and stop spending all day getting offended by everything.

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        Glenn Barnette 

        3 weeks ago

        The author is an idiot. Nothing more to say.

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        Hayden Hewitt 

        3 weeks ago

        So it is okay to dress up as a monster, goblin, demon, freak of nature or ONLY as a White Person for Halloween...

        ONLY WHITE MASKS are available for Halloween everywhere I've looked.

        OMG, you Liberals have made Halloween 100% RACIST!

        How do you think ethnic children think? Mommy, daddy, how come I can only be a white person for Halloween? Why can't I find a mask of some notable or historic character of my own ethnicity for Halloween?

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        Liz 

        3 weeks ago

        Is it just me who thinks this ARTICLE is offensive.

        You said "Are you from Mexico. No." but you don't know that. My best friend is from Mexico, actually she's on her way back from visiting relatives in Mexico as I post this. She suggested that we go as Sugar Skulls on Halloween. Sometimes you have to realize that, yes, somethings are appropriated, other times, its appreciation of culture. My other friend Nabiha looks 'white' and was actually SPAT on for wearing a tradition gown because of cultural appropriation.

        Besides that, hate to break it to you Dal, but I'm still hoing as a Sugar Skull.

        I still can't help but feel that despite the fact that many people aren't from Europe, you still suggest that as a costume. That's European culture your appropriating!

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        jojotsunade 

        3 weeks ago

        I will dress in whatever I please and I am here for the comments. The privateer comment(whoever you were) was my favorite! This so called "article" is hilarious.

        Girl, you need to travel and get out of the hole you are living in and travel to each country and culture you talked about in this blog so you can experience reality. Not everything you find on the internet is correct. Your blog is a prime example of that.

        Would a canadian tuxedo offend you?

        You should unpublish this and delete it forever. I am guessing you haven't because you are getting paid for the advertising...or maybe you're a hard core troll.

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        Jamieramos7383 

        3 weeks ago

        Who on earth told you those are exmples of black face? You're daft

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        Jamieramos7383 

        3 weeks ago

        Do you realize how incredibly racist your stupid article/blog post even sounds?! This whole cultural appropriation stuff has gone way too far. The point in a halloween costume is to dress up as something that you are not! Soooo why the heck would white people only be able to dress up as white people?! You make NO sense. Anyone who cries appropriation or plays victim over something so innocent as a Halloween costume deserves the hurt feelings they get from seeing it. How dumb. Want every one to start just dressing as themselves on Halloween so they don't offend anybody, or what? Id love to know what you are dressing as on Halloween so that i can tell you how terrible you are. Dressing up on Halloween is not racist. But titling an article "8 racist Halloween costumes white people should not dress as" is! As is all the "white girl" sentences in here! Your'e too sensitive if you're offended by a Halloween costume and probably should stay indoors the whole day/night.

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        aur 

        3 weeks ago

        Feel free to wear anything that demeans or reduces European heritage, symbology, ancestry, or culture or mocks lower (economic) classes of whites though. That's perfectly fine!

        One could say that people of non-European descent are engaging in cultural appropriation just by celebrating Halloween. Funny how only European-linked, and ancient European, traditions are magically for everyone but whites best not participate in others' cultures, cultural wear.

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        Stephanie 

        3 weeks ago

        Then don’t allow your children to dress up as Firemen, Doctors or Police Officers.... that is Career Appropriation..... SEE HOW STUPID THAT SOUNDS?!?!

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        Benny 

        3 weeks ago

        So what i am hearing, its acceptable to wear black face as a costume? Got it, thanks.

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        Tori m 

        4 weeks ago

        The worst example of freedom of speech and thought bc this is so bad- i believe it should be illegal to have created this racist and poorly opinionated blog that is ABSOLUTELY POINTLESS UNLESS UR INTENTION WAS TO CAUSE ANGER AND IN WHICH CASE U HAVE SUCCEEDED

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        Jennifer 

        4 weeks ago

        What shade of lipstick are you wearing? Do you think it might offend some race? I am considered "white" and I am finding it a bit offensive. It's not a natural color for a Caucasian. PULEEZ

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        MissInvizz 

        4 weeks ago

        Omg..this is the dumbest. Ever.

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        ajay 

        5 weeks ago

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        Edward young 

        5 weeks ago

        I stumbled across this by accident. Its pathetic.

        The sort of views shown by the writer in this article I believe fuel racisism.

        A costume is a costume. If you look into it as a political statement then you are the reason it becomes political. Not the person or child wearing it for the fun of looking like something or someone different.

        Its fun to dress up. Get over yourself, you are the one branding and labeling minorities here. Who gave you the power to decide for them as a whole what is or isnt offensive?

        A custume is only as offensive as the person wearing it and the reasons they are wearing it. If the reason is that its fun to dress up then happy days, crack on kids x

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        Wow 

        5 weeks ago

        The title of this is racist. Think about it. You specified a race and told only them to stop doing something. That makes YOU racist. You’re a damn fool. I’m glad they can see who wrote it and your little picture. Take this propaganda down and stop making yourself look like an idiot.

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        Yolee 

        5 weeks ago

        I don’t even know where to start!

        The article itself is so racist! Why “white” people cannot dress with other cultures for any occasion?

        I am white, in other words, not dark skin. I just got the results of my DNA from 23andMe and surprise!! I am 42.05% Native American.

        39% Spanish South European, and a great deal of small percentages, including Jewish, Chinese, Arabian, Portuguese and Greek, so am I allowed to dress as a Native American person? Or not because “I look white”?

        This is in all contests the most ridiculous article in a blog. Everyone should know it’s own DNA breakdown, what you are made of!!!

        A costume is just that, when you know who you are, where you came from and who you relate to, a bigger perspective of life as a human changes, take my word.

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        Jennie 

        5 weeks ago

        White people? The title itself is racist. Take this piece of crap article down, you're embarassing yourself.

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        Romani Anon 

        6 weeks ago

        Just want to point out that some of us Roma are white (if you mean the skin color), our ethnic group has more than one skin color. We've lived in Europe for a very long time and naturally some of us married Europeans and vice-versa. There's actually lot of people who happen to be white and have Roma ancestry, unfortunately though a lot of that gets buried as families try to hide their Roma past to escape persecution, personally though I can't really blame them.

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        Stuart 

        6 weeks ago

        Wow. Excellent article... I mean wonderous. Let's cancel Halloween and, while we are at it, Christmas! Anyone dressed up as Mr. Christmas is just utterly reprehenisble! Saint Nick, pagan trees, halos. Jeez. Everything is appropriated.

        Good job.

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        Jamie 

        7 weeks ago

        Disagree greatly with Ancient Egyptian as they were not what we would consider an oppressed culture.

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        societysux 

        7 weeks ago

        yet people of color are allowed to wear costumes portrayed by white people without being called racist?

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        Rahid 

        7 weeks ago

        If a non-white person dresses as a European king or queen, that's appropriating European culture.

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        Her 

        7 weeks ago

        This is what people are paying for to learn in collage? I have not met anyone in the real world who takes offence to costume wear unless there some gender studied, politically correct scared child in moms basement. A dna study might benefit you to understand that in fact we all are in the realm of being related....You my lost child need some actual world events in your life with real people and not bs you see via web or I am assuming just as close minded people you associate with. So if I dress as an apache helicopter, will I offend that as well? This post is in that ridiculous realm...please don't ever procreate.

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        Jo 

        8 weeks ago

        FFS, please find a safe space till after halloween

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        ranflatyr 

        8 weeks ago

        I will wear whatever I want. You SJW busybody can go pound sand.

        BTW I thought you guys claimed race didn't even exist? Now suddenly it does exist and you can't wear a specific costume unless you have a particular racial genetic makeup?

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        Nyx Shadowhawk 

        2 months ago

        Simin, unless you're trying to be satirical, you're wrong about the witches and wizards.

        The Early Modern Witchcraft Hysteria lasted from the early fifteenth century to the late eighteenth century, nowhere near a millennium. The victims were not Pagans at all, since Paganism had all but completely died out in Europe at that time. (Margaret Murray's theories were debunked in the 80s, and were based on very poor anthropological conduct, such as taking confessions under torture at face value.)

        Rather than neopagans, the witch hunters were attempting to eradicate an imaginary conspiracy of literal devil worshippers, who were scapegoats for societal problems. There was no uniform characteristics of the accused-- literally anyone could be accused of witchcraft, and an accusation was basically a death sentence. So, you liked your rich neighbor's farm? Accuse them of witchcraft! I suggest reading the Malleus Malificarum (disgusting as it is) so you can get an idea of what Early Modern people thought witchcraft was like. "Witch" did not mean the same thing then as it does now.

        There has been no systematic eradication of Pagans for thousands of years. We are not a poor, persecuted minority.

        Sincerely, a neopagan.

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        Nancy 

        2 months ago

        Thanks bs!!

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        Cindy 

        2 months ago

        As a feminist, I say: worldwide us women have suffered at the hands of patriarchal societies, and still do.

        I feel terribly so terribly insulted by men dressing in female clothing. It is the pinnacle of sexism, and must end. Can’t you people see?

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        Simin 

        2 months ago

        I have one costume to add, wich had been deeply troubling and disturbing me for long now.

        It is time to stop dressing up as witches and wizards.

        Pagan people of Europe have been hunted down and burnt alive for a time spanning more then entire millennium, by.

        Seeing people dressing up as druids or witches is a mockery and a total slap in the face to a culture that has faced systematic eradication for uncountable centuries.

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        Jen short 

        2 months ago

        The headline should read “8 Racist Costumes that EVERYONE Should Stop Wearing. It’s racist to to pinpoint one specific race.

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        Molón labe 

        2 months ago

        Some people want (or pretend) to be so politically correct that get to the point of being ridiculous. Maybe dressing as a KKK member is offensive to them or as a SS german officer. The person who wrote this article is so lost, I am very sorry for you. According to the author I have permission to use any custome since I am hispanic(Caribbean) so I have black, white, native, Asian blood. Give me a break, if you have nothing to do, don't celebrate Halloween.

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        Bob Ross 

        2 months ago

        Last year I dressed up in a costume that required a brown afro. When I was at the bar, the black manager and a few other black employees came over to sniff me out, so to speak. I was dressed as Bob Ross, the white painter (my wife was the easel and I had a paint pallet and brush. I swear, there was a sense of disappointment exuded by them once they realized I wasn’t in a “racist costume”, it was weird.

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        Keith D Meyers 

        2 months ago

        So is dressing as a witch offensive to Wiccans?

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        D Kamarome 

        2 months ago

        you might want to do some research yourself before getting on your soap box Cleopata was a Hellenistic ruler of Egypt which means she was Greek ( hence European Caucasian ie. white ) i find it odd that you left the most popular egyptian costume out ive seen hundreds of women go out as cleopatera never seen one who said she was nefertiti someting tells me you knew that be pointed out which is why you left out the one most people use I also love that everyone always and a only ever address whites as if a mexican was never guilty of wearing a kimono and what if a person comes from a multi cultural background aren't you just making assumptions based on the color of someones skin ? you also seem to be conflating culture with race the Roma people . greeks ,middle eastern , irish , are all Caucasian so in other words white/ European ( though skin pigment varies ) its not racist to wear those costumes because they all belong to the same race if you want to really split hairs race doesnt even exist we all come from the same common ancestor and are all the same ... HUMAN and btw all you have to do is lengthen the skirt and that Romany costume is pretty damn accurate I come from a mixed background both of which you mention in your post I'll let you guess which ones .. i will say this though ... if you are not a part any culture you mentioned then you really have no fucking right to be offended or speak for us especially if you are spitting out regurgitated garbage to win brownie points sure it offends me if someone claimed to be a gypsy and ran arround like some Cirque du Soleil member but to wear a costume just for halloween ? ...common... stop being so fucking offended by everything and worry about your own white problems

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        NoName 

        2 months ago

        Who am I supposed to ask permission from?

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        Jinkies 

        2 months ago

        Snowflakes feel like they need to force their views on others they can never be happy due to such petty anger problems race doesn't exist yet the brainwashed fall 4 it every time

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        Marius 

        3 months ago

        Jesus dude, it's a costume. Unless the person is blatantly racist or defamatory, then people can wear whatever they want. I'm white, but I can still dress up as an alien because it's a day to have fun and get free candy

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        Jf 

        3 months ago

        I have ancestors that were pirates so i dont wanna see anyone without ancestors who were also pirates dressed as pirates

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        Kusarjikka Long Gene 

        3 months ago

        I'm fairly I saw a version of this article with all the same points already. The difference between the two is one was blatantly rasist and ranty, while the other was a collected opinion that was careful to get across its point without being offensive.

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        Anonymous 

        3 months ago

        Guess what idgit a lot of the "scary" costumes that keep an idiot like you up at night originate from every thing except white culture so this year I'll go out dressed in nothing but your logic which doesn't exist now crawl back into you hole and don't speak for the next eternity

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        Wow girl 

        3 months ago

        This makes me very upset its halloween dress how you want as long as it is 1 no short skirts k not cool 2 if you are dressed like a terrorist you have somthing wrong with you . We should be past this article

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        KojakMustardPants6666 

        4 months ago

        I can see your just an idiot with a blog, trying to make themselves look important. I mean most people had 70's, had huge fro's Plus it's a Halloween costume. Seriously. I cant believe you had take the time to make such a page Another person with a soap box.

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        Lauren 

        4 months ago

        Apparently this person does not realize that they were being racist themselves because they don’t realize the difference between Chinese and Japanese and the fact that people that live in Africa like Cleopatra were not all dark skinned. Really shows who the racist person is. Also can we just look at the fact that this person was like all WHITE people are racist with theses costumes. It can be any person. It does not matter if you like a costume because it looks cool then wear it

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        Dj 

        4 months ago

        And soon to come little white girls will not be allowed to dress as Little mermaid

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        Xhuljeta 

        5 months ago

        Perfectly stated. Don't forget only people of European descent can dress up in European historical costumes. Only Deutscherinnen/Österreicherinnen/Schweizerinnen can wear Dirndls. Only Nords can wear Viking costumes. And only Greeks can dress like Ancient Greeks and their gods and goddesses. I wouldn't like people who have no heritage from my country to wear our traditional dress. That is fraud.

        Ah but I forgot there are some other concerns. Witch costumes are offensive to pagans because of negative stereotypes and witch prosecution throughout the centuries. Dressing up like a nun or priest? It is offensive to the Catholic church and frowned upon. Costume of a zombie, skeleton, or other dead person? It might offend those who are grieving a death. You might as well cancel Halloween. However, that would also be offensive to Pagans.

        Halloween is meant to be a FREE holiday. To be what we are not. There are no limits.

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        Paul 

        6 months ago

        You do realize that Geisha is a Chinese tradition...already invalidated yourself...racist.

        I guess Chinese and Japanese are the same with your lack of research.

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        paed 

        7 months ago

        Ther person who wrote this article doesn't recognize the wart on the end of his/her nose. Halloweeen is not a secular holiday. (holiday actually means Holy-day) To celebrate or party or dress up on all hallows ever is religious appropriation.

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        julio 

        7 months ago

        Cleopatra was literally greek/macedonian. SHE WAS WHITE. just cause you immigrate to africa doesn't suddenly turn you black

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        Lyra 

        8 months ago

        You realize that their are many European costumes that sterotype and make fun of that peopls culture and history. Like a leprechaun. I mean if you take that perspective though then thats just segregating the clothes by race.

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        Mr. Dave 

        9 months ago

        If you see Halloween costumes as racist, then you are the racist.

        If you think one race can do something and another race cannot, then you are the racist. You are the problem, and you must be removed from our culture so as not to spread your disease any further.

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        parkliam 

        9 months ago

        It never seems to be considered as racism once it is against a white person. But it is.

        I am mixed being both asian and white and ive been getting crap for it since i was a child.

        I was either "not asian enough" or "not white enough"

        Ive heard rude comments and racist remarks all the time to both sides of my heritage.

        People trying to speak one of my languages (korean) really doesnt bother me, but when they imitate random syllables that arent even in the korean language i get offended.

        But people who get offended when someone genuinely tries to speak their language or study their culture disgust me too.

        I feel happy and proud when i see people learning the language and culture of part of my family.

        But one thing that really bothers me is all the crap people of european heritage get.

        White people have made mistakes but so have other people.

        They are seen as ignorant racist judgemental people that want to offend people instead of respect them.

        But that is racism.

        It never seems to be racism if it is agaisnt a white person.

        In my opinion cultural appropriation is making fun of someones culture and having rude intents against it instead of practicing it or respecting it.

        Wearing their garments is not.

        But the fact this is called "white people need to stop wearing" is racist. Not just white people dress up on halloween.

        But is it cultural appropriation if someone who isnt white wears a european style gown or studies european culture?

        No it is not. And neither is if your arent korean and wear a hanbok.

        Racism needs to be stopped in general, but racism against people of european heritage does too. It seems to fly by everyone when articles like this pop up.

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        Adam 

        9 months ago

        Screw this author for thinking she can tell people what to do. Who do you think you are?

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        K3ttl3 

        10 months ago

        I see you have a septum piercing...

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        Ptolemaic Dynasty 

        10 months ago

        The ignorance of facts in this article is truly astounding. DNA of Egyptians was actually demonstrated to be closest to EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN WHITES as written about here in an article by the world's most prestigious science journal, Nature ( https://www.nature.com/news/mummy-dna-unravels-anc... ) and Cleopatra has long been known to be of Greek, MACEDONIAN DESCENT. So actually, the people who are technically "appropriating culture" are African Americans who are of Sub Saharan descent. But, since the whole idea of cultural appropriation is pure rubbish anyway, let's let them celebrate this ancient culture to. Because in the end we are all one human family. Enough of the racist identity politics from "white ally" nitwits.

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        Kailie 

        10 months ago

        So this pissed me off because I’m Latina, black and British and I find it hilarious that someone actually took the time to write this article when none of these (besides black face because that is very racist) are racist whatsoever it might offend certain people so what it’s Halloween and just because you might be white or look white it doesn’t always mean that you are just white.

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        Chiara Perez 

        12 months ago

        I mean most studies show that cleopatra was greek= white. And also why not be able to dress like a black character if you do not use blackface?

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        connor 

        12 months ago

        Oh my god shut up. Nobody cares what you wear for Halloween.

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        Marco Marcus Arel 

        12 months ago

        Cultural ppropriation 101

        Definition:

        "picking and choosing elements of a culture by a member of another culture without permission...."

        "WITHOUT PERMISSION" from whom...?

        When I visited Mexico as a TOURIST I bought a SOMBRERO...

        and a mustache for clarification!

        It's one of millions of sombreros hand-crafted by Mexicans...

        for the TOURIST trade...

        which benefits their livelihood and economy!

        Then I'm told by an overly paid, elite, leftist, activist, academic...

        that I don't have PERMISSION to wear it...!?

        I would bet the permission to wear it is automatically...

        passed on by the crafts-person who sells it.

        Please tell me who I should seek permission from...to wear a Gypsy

        outfit or Kimono or a generic AMERICAN Indian outfit...?

        There are 500 nations!

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        RICK 

        12 months ago

        Any costume is ok!

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        Lina 

        12 months ago

        Hi. I see your point And very valid but their are exceptions. For instance I spent a year and a half working in India and friends I made families made me sarees to wear and bring home and dressed me in bindis they loved to share their culture. So yes I can see someone on Halloween throwing it on may be offensive but everyone I met loved to see Americans wearing their cultural attire. So I don't believe anyone I got close to would find it offensive, but I am just a white girl so I could be wrong.

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        Chadikus 

        12 months ago

        First of all, Halloween is not a holiday. People don't get paid for time off on Halloween. Second of all, Halloween used to be innocent with people dressing up as Dracula, mommy, Frankenstein, or werewolf. It wasn't about going to the extremes of horrifying people with the most grotesque outfit that you can think of but that used to be about kids going trick or treating and costume contests that were more about fun than about shock value. So what do we do, we either lean towards making Halloween safe and and lean towards traditional Halloween values or the opposite of trying to terrify people with horrific costumes and coltish ideas on scaring people in the community. You would never see someone with a truly terrifying or sadistic costume going to a Halloween party to have fun. They are roaming the streets looking to wreak havoc on the community because of their twisted and sadistic Minds. The simple fact is that we need to stop being so petty about small and insensitive costumes and focus our efforts on making sure that people are safe with the candy that they're eating and the streets that they're walking down in the community. Even churches have Halloween parties because they would rather make things fun and safe for the community rather than looking for opportunities to pray on people by hurting them and any way they can creatively imagine. Personally I would rather see a white person wearing an Egyptian costume or a white girl and a geisha outfit than a white male or female in a costume that you would see and a horror movie that causes people to have disturbing nightmares.

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        Marco Marcus Arel 

        12 months ago

        For your information I have been reincarnated untold times.

        I first lowered myself out of the trees and walked this earth NAKED as an Australopithecus afarensis.

        At the end of a glacial ice age I watched my Neanderthal homeland sink below the seas.

        With callused and cut hands I walked Moi across a forested Rapa Nui, chiselled sculpture for mighty cathedrals, cut trees for shelter in unexplored territory, and hammered rivets into steel girders far above expanding cities.

        I know I have bones that lie bare and brittle in Scotland at Culloden, and at Vicksburg where I died a Black confederate soldier. They lay fragile beneath my Japanese uniform, under the sands of a remote South Pacific island and in drawers in European museums with small aged specimen labels attached.

        So no academic elitist WHITE girl is going to dictate to me what I or anyone else can and cannot wear on Halloween.

        If YOU want to play it safe go dressed as Bo Peep…

        But instead of enjoying the occasion for what it is, you’ll spent it fretting that some cheap University Academic will call you out…for offending sheep shaggers.

        Me…I’m going in the buff…as an Australopithecus afarensis…

        It may be a bit chilly in October…

        but what the Hell…

        you only live once!

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        Scott Kirwin 

        12 months ago

        Wow the ignorance in this article is unbelievable, I'm almost hoping it's satire. It ignores the perception of those it supposedly champions as well as basic facts.

        First, I lived several years in Kyoto Japan and the Japanese enjoyed dressing foreigners up in kimono and showing them off to their friends. They are not offended by it in the least and they find it humorous.

        I've also been to Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania. Kenyans and Tanzanians are dark skinned and contemporary Egyptians aren't. They are olive skinned Mediterraneans whose DNA has more in common with Italians, Greeks, Turks and Lebanese than it does Bantu-speaking tribes found in Africa's interior.

        I study ancient civilizations and read ancient texts. Cleopatra was Greek, a descendant of the Ptolemies. So if you want to limit her costume to Greeks that's another argument. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptolemaic_Kingdom

        This is what happens when world history stops being taught in our schools - such incredible arrogance overlaid upon superiority based upon complete, laughable ignorance.

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        Stephanie 

        13 months ago

        People need to stop being so sensitive, it's a Halloween costume, I know many people of all different races who dress up as each other for Halloween, Halloween is the one holiday where you can be anything you want and you shouldn't let someone's opinion get in the way of that. I've seen dress up as gorillas all the time, are they going to say that is offensive to gorillas now? People need to grow up and get thicker skin, don't you have something better to worry about than what people dress up as for Halloween? People are dying for goodness sake!

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        Kyle 

        13 months ago

        Well there goes my plans for Halloween

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        Kind Reader 

        13 months ago

        Hi ppl saying white people can be these things:

        No one said you can't be a mummy. No one said that you MUST be offended by this. If ONE person feels that something is mocking their culture or their experience, just stop. Please. "G*psy" may refer to a white person (I didn't check that) but it's still a slur referring to a group that experienced a fucking genocide that no one even knows about. While Cleopatra was white (I think) someone WILL find your costume offensive so please don't. Ppl are saying, "oh, she didn't say anything of these costumes cuz they're white". Yes! Because this is an article specifically guiding white people on what they shouldn't wear for Halloween! I'm not saying everything in this article is correct, but you should get the point. Don't target the mistakes, see the bigger picture.

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        Bill 

        13 months ago

        This is crap! Egyptian especially were not black. The pictures and statues that they left were done to belike the life of the person and be very authentic to the subject. and show the skin color to be the same as modern Egyptians. Much studies were done of the mummies they left behind and nothing confirmed that black dna was common. If you look at pictures of Egyptian armies fighting the Nubians anyone can see the Egyptians were Arabic and the Nubians in comparison were black. Don't tell me what to wear assholes! Do you discourage blacks from wearing trousers or other western dress because they are cultural appropriation? of course not? This is just the worst case of mealy mouthed political correction!

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        Rosita Muños 

        13 months ago

        God just delete this article

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        Bobbie 

        13 months ago

        But it's still okay to offend the person that might save your life by weaing th " sexy nurse" outfit, to fit in some perverts dream.

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        Anon 

        13 months ago

        So a couple of questions (possibly based on incorrect information). Given this article is about offending, or not offending, people...

        Egyptians were black?

        Egyptians had slaves?

        Who should be offended by this?

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        elijah 

        13 months ago

        You're telling me my 5-year-old can't be a mummy?

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        Racoon 

        13 months ago

        Egyptians were black?

        Jesus christ, quit this we wuz kangz bs, a white person can dress up as whatever the person likes, we are free people.

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        Enuna 

        13 months ago

        Taking your argument to its final conclusion I think all is left is wearing KKK or Nazi trooper costumes, just to make sure we're offending the right people...

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        Celtic 

        13 months ago

        Maybe all people who aren't from Celtic origin should stop celebrating Halloween because they are appropriating white culture.

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        Allyson Alexander 

        13 months ago

        This is absurd. I will wear whatever I please on Halloween. Get a life.

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        Your Dead Braincells 

        13 months ago

        "Dress up as ancient Greeks"

        "Cleopatra is a no no"

        It's unny when people whose only experience with history is getting a C- and being hit in the face by a history book once try to use history for their agenda.

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        13 months ago

        Cleopatra was Greek. Aka WHITE.

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        Kat Bowes 

        13 months ago

        What has this world come to? I would think that dressing up in ethic costumes would be more of a compliment to that culture than an insult. Our cultures are so intertwined who is going to judge if it's right or wrong. What if it is part of my culture? Do we have to get a DNA test to prove it? I think this article is just showing how intolerant we are to personal expressions and free speech. It is ruining a wonderful holiday. Are we going to resort to where we now have to only dress up as a character from our own sex? I say most people would use common sense anyway. Let's just enjoy a fun time.

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        marimac44 

        13 months ago

        This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read. I would prefer any of these costumes to a sacrilegious one. You don't spell tons-tonnes . Really? You seem like a spoiled brat that is over liberal due to your generation. Really Stupid Article

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        Danny Davidson 

        13 months ago

        Has any one every noticed it is always ugly girls who have a problem with people having fun.

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        Grace 

        13 months ago

        “Any Black Celebrity”.... really???? So you’re going to tell white boys and girls they can’t dress up as Doc McStuffins, Black Panther, Cyborg or Tiana??? Surely that will help to embrace diversity and admire people of all races.

        Also your website is full of malware.

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        Liberal 

        14 months ago

        Can the same be said for other cultures that dress up as ‘white people’? Your more narrow minded and blind than the people you are vilifying. Grow up.

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        Nyx Shadowhawk 

        14 months ago

        Oh, good lord.

        1. I can't comment on geishas specifically, but I know for a fact that kimonos are fine. Most Japanese people are flattered when white people wear kimonos. I'm not Japanese, so take my words with a grain of salt, but that is what I've heard.

        2. I agree that that particular costume is shitty, but "I don't care if you have a deep appreciation for a specific Native culture... bought authentic moccasins... 1/6th Cree. It's just not acceptable." No, it's my understanding that that is exactly what IS acceptable. I heard a story from a half-African American, half-Native girl who went to a powwow with her grandmother, who was a Blackfoot. Afterwards she went to a shop nearby, still dressed in ceremonial attire, and got called racist and disgusting by (white) people in the shop. She did literally everything right, and still got shouted down.

        3. Blackface is never okay, but if you love Michael Jackson or Beyoncé, there's no reason you shouldn't dress as them and sing "Thriller" or "Single Ladies" in everyone's faces all night! I also know of a little kid who dressed up as MLK and recited his speech from memory. Why avoid dressing like black people you admire because they *happen* to be black? Just don't wear blackface!

        Same goes for the rest of this list. I have yet to meet a single Egyptian person who's offended by people dressing up like long-dead kings and queens. I know for a fact that Mexican people are generally flattered by Day of the Dead costumes. And Indian women appreciate when white women wear saris and henna tattoos, especially if they do so properly.

        I think the problem with all of this comes down to your definition of cultural appropriation: "without permission"-- from whom? "unauthorized use"-- authorized by WHOM? There's no "culture police." There's only the difference between authenticity and insensitivity, and that difference has nothing to do with your whiteness or lack thereof. If a person of any color were to slap on a cheap plaid skirt and call it a kilt, it would be just as insensitive.

        And, if white people are only allowed to dress up as white people, what does that mean for nonwhite people?

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        mari 

        14 months ago

        As a POC, I think you really need to settle down a bit. You’re speaking for other people and cultures, which isn’t your place. Sure, I agree with some of these, but there was a point when you invalidated people who aren’t full native. (“I don’t care if you’re 1/6 Cree.”) While natives would never actually dress in that costume for Halloween, it doesn’t give you the right to invalidate a person’s heritage. There are such things as mixed individuals.

        Anyway, my original point still stands. You’re a white woman; don’t speak on the behalf of non-white people. We can speak for ourselves.

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        murena01 

        14 months ago

        Hello sjw

        Sorry sjw but :

        -At least the half of mexican are white

        -Many mexican costume came from Spain which is in Europe

        -There were two big "white" dynasty in Egypt (the Lybians and the Ptolemy), so yes Cleopatra was white. Egyptian were not black , are not actualy black and will never be black, accept that moron.

        -Gypsy is not an unique ethnicity but a plurality of different people (some are white , some are not)

        -There is no afro wig costume

        -There were never amerindian princess

        -We can wear whathever we want

        Goodby sjw

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        Anonymous 

        15 months ago

        Hello! I agree with a lot of this (both from the article and comments). I do not think it is okay for us to “dress up” as other cultures, but I do believe that everyone should be able to EXPERIENCE other cultures. I love Japan, Ancient Egypt, and all of the cultures in the world, current and otherwise. I do plan on wearing a kimono! Never for Halloween! This is because a kimono is not a costume, but a garment.

        Also, many Mexicans are white. And as for Egyptians, I think it should be up to each one of them to choose how they identify.

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        Janet 

        15 months ago

        Celine,

        I am so thrilledyou decided to be the "white people's" judge and juror. It's awesome you decided to take on the role of God and be the

        moral compass of "you will do it my way" kind of judgment.

        DO NOT tell anyone what to wear. Worry about yourself. You do the right thing and leave it at that.

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        adadadd 

        15 months ago

        can we at least dress up as the theda bara cleopatra

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        Natalie 

        15 months ago

        Cleopatra vii was macedonian. Macedonian = caucasian. So why cant white people dress as this white historical figure?

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        Professor Cakes 

        16 months ago

        This article is trash. If white women can’t wear kimonos then someone tell Nikki minjaj to stop wearing them. Also cleopatra was white. She’s Greek origins. Macadoenian. Sorry SJW

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        Esra 

        16 months ago

        Everyone just needs to actually read real shit.egypt is in africa and people that are saying that Egyptian were white hillirious I am black and 100 egyptian don't say no and and no I know my blood and history.

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        Peony 

        16 months ago

        I think it's great to educate people on what cultural appropriation is, and highlighting some of the things that are directly/indirectly offensive. But this article comes off like a lecture, very self-righteous and mis-informed at some points. People are less likely to listen if you speak from a moral high horse.

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        foxh 

        16 months ago

        As a black person, I question the self hate OP has.

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