Take, for example, a couples costume one Toronto man posted on Instagram over the weekend that has been making its rounds on social media.
The fact that this couple is from Toronto..THIS AINT EVEN YOUR RACISM. Don’t culturally appropriate our racism, get your own! LEAVE THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR TO THOSE WHO DO IT BEST! AMERICAN WHITE GAYS. At least they would’ve carried a baby to separate from him at every party! pic.twitter.com/3tMHnBlVdp— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) October 27, 2019
The picture of the costume, which was ostensibly intended to be somehow humorous, shows a man wearing handcuffs and a sombrero, and being held by another man dressed up as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.
Though the image was soon deleted from the user's now-private Instagram account, people on twitter were quick to repost it and call the duo out.
Lol this notion that Canadians aren’t capable of racism needs to end. Its not all rainbows up here— 👻 (@melaniestefanie) October 27, 2019
The general consensus is that the costume was, obviously, in extremely poor taste.
The user who originally posted the photo was not available for comment at the time of publication.
Him being Hispanic makes it worse and not excusable.— ElNiloDePetro (@NiloNuncaLlora) October 27, 2019
Halloween unfortunately tends to serve as a bad excuse for some people to be culturally appropriative or just plain racist under the guise of a joke, but here's hoping most Torontonians — and people in general — have the common sense to know that a costume like this is never a good take.
by Becky Robertson via blogTO