Correct Politically Halloween
I'd want them to do it, actually (Of their own free choice, and with non-hateful intentions obviously). People need to realize that they (Society at large) are ascribing intentions to "Harm" and then actively seek out retribution on people for having some harmless fun. Art, humor, and fun ALL are based in part in breaking taboos and making light of tragedies, which means that you can make *anything* offensive.
A costume is a lot like a flag - I don't care what others see and feel about it, I'm the one wearing it (Or flying it, in the case of any given flag). I care about what it means to me. That is to say, a lot of people see a costume like this and get mad and automatically assume it's bigotry, or hate, or whatever buzzword they prefer - when it rarely is based in that. 9 time out of 10 it's intended as harmless fun. And that other 1 time out of 10 it's **still** harmless (Harm is defined as that which does damage that, in turn manifests itself in physical way).
There can be no compromise here, to protect the first amendment we need to have a first amendment culture. And means people wearing whatever they want, in good fun - and also defending people who may be rude and intentionally insensitive. As soon as you start drawing a line on free speech, you're setting a precedent that will lead to that line becoming ever more restrictive. It was black face and Indian princesses a couple years ago. It's suicide bombers now. What's next? No costumes that relate to Christianity, particularly in a mocking way? No costumes that mock the left/rightwing? No cowboys an police, for promoting violence and "Oppression"? No princess costumes because they often have a European style, and are therefore Eurocentric? I know many people who voted aren't in favor of thought policing, and simply find it distasteful (And it can be, if some guy is running around yelling slurs), but honestly those who would find that guy's actions distasteful are exactly the type of people who should be wearing this because their intentions would be more pure than the aforementioned example.
Sorry for the rant, I had this debate last night with some intellectually dishonest people who ignored every point I made and kept coming back with nonsense. Not saying people can't, or shouldn't be offended when it's not done out in a cruel way - but that they shouldn't try to tar and feather people who weren't dressing up out of malice, and then making assumptions about their intentions.
Edited: rabve on 24th Oct, 2017 - 10:17pm