A new costume trend this year has some amused and some disgusted and calling racism.
To me it looked like a (somewhat not very clever) play on words. The obviously extraterrestrial alien is wearing an orange jumpsuit and border fences are irrelevant, because homeboy’s from outer space. Hardy har har. But many people are offended by the statement- I’m just not very sure there actually is a statement.
The only reviews for the costume on Amazon are somewhat unfavorable:
I had to see it for myself to believe that Amazon would support this blatantly racist COSTUME! Not only does it perpetuate xenophobic attitudes and judgments, it makes fun of such a sensitive issue in our IGNORANT country. SHAME on Amazon and I for one will be the first in line to boycott any future purchases from them. There’s a bunch of sick people out there with NO IMAGINATION, that’s for sure!!!
I am so disappointed in your business for selling such a racist, anti-immigrant, inhumane costume. This country has a serious problem with the level of discrimination and outright hatred expressed toward people who are in this country as economic refugees and exploited laborers. This costume is an example of the ignorance of so many. You should be ashamed, and people should boycott all corporations that promote this ridiculous costume.
So what do you think? Is this a harmless joke or a sad reflection on the way Americans view immigration? Granted, I can absolutely see a lot of anti-immigration types finding it funny in an offensive way, but I don’t think the nature of the costume itself is mean-spirited.