For Some Reason, Mexican Reader Finds This Halloween Costume Offensive

Javier, a Consumerist reader who lives in Mexico, crossed the border to do some shopping at Walmart. He noticed this costume in the Halloween section. He finds it offensive. “I was wondering if we might also find a costume like this,” he writes, enclosing an old photo of a white performer in blackface.

What do you think? Is this costume racist, or intended to be more like the lederhosen and ninja costumes sold alongside it?

(Note: the moustache and pistols are not included with the costume.)


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  1. backinpgh says:

    Nearly all Halloween costumes are offensive. That’s the point.

    • Jason Litka says:

      It’s not racist, it’s just stereotypical. Since just about all Halloween costumes are stereotypical (when’s the last time you saw a real pretty princess in a cheap pink tutu or a pirate with an eye patch and parrot?), I don’t see the problem.

      If a Canadian girl wants to spray paint herself orange and claim she’s from New Jersey or a Frenchman wants to stick a pillow under his shirt and carry around a cheezeburger and claim he’s a fat American then they can both go right ahead, doesn’t bother me one bit.

      • Jason Litka says:

        Hmm… I have no idea how that ended up as a reply to the first post, it was supposed to be a new top-level comment…

      • jnads says:

        EXACTLY!

        Racism is the belief that one race is inferior to others.

        Stereotypes are a culture thing. They’re beliefs that a culture/nation behaves a certain way.

        This isn’t racism, it’s a stereotype. However, the author’s ignorance, no, disregard for this definition is promoting my racism against him.

        Racism: All mexicans are stupid.
        Stereotype: All mexicans wear funny hats.

      • macruadhi says:

        I’ll just run about carrying a white flag with my arms up. What am I?, I’m French of course.

    • There's room to move as a fry cook says:

      My most offensive Halloween was dressing up as Terry Fox and all I had to show for it was a bruised jaw.

    • Charmander says:

      At the store I work out, we sell a white trash costume (complete with bad teeth and mullet) as well as several varieties of afro wigs.

      You have correctly pointed out that these are in bad taste/offensive ( of course they are – they are costumes) but they are not racist.

  2. MerlynNY says:

    Wow, have we come this far in a PC world? It’s a COSTUME.

    • Audiyoda28 says:

      Exactly my thought. Since Javier seems to care so much about the costumes sold here in the United States, what does he think about the fence his country is building along it’s southern boarder? Isn’t that fence also offensive to him?

    • Gregg Araki Rocks My World says:

      Blackface is a costume as well.

  3. aloria says:

    If he thinks that’s offensive, wait until he gets a load of the Human Centipede costume I have got planned.

    Now, to find two victims^W uh, volunteers…

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      That was a VERY STRANGE film. Much better than I thought it would be. As a costume, I personally would vote for it were I judging a contest, merely for the chutzpah it would take to do it!

  4. SkyRattlers says:

    Not sure how dressing up like a Mexican bandit is racist. No one is claiming that is how Mexicans dress now. But there is plenty of Mexican history showing that is how their outlaws dressed in the past.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      It’s not even a Mexican bandit because the mustache and the pistols aren’t included – he doesn’t find the costume offensive, he finds the portrayal of the costume alongside optional props offensive.

    • leprechaunshawn says:

      Mexican outlaws now just wear basic costumes, like jeans and a t-shirt, when they illegally cross the border.

    • Powerlurker says:

      Regardless, it’s not racist because “Mexican” isn’t a race, it’s a nationality/ethnicity. Mexicans can be of any race: white, black, native, even Asian. It may, however, be xenophobic.

  5. icntdrv says:

    Where is the “of course its a little racist, now get over it” option

    • An_Album_Cover says:

      Everyone’s a little bit racist
      Sometimes.
      Doesn’t mean we go
      Around committing hate crimes.
      Look around and you will find
      No one’s really color blind.
      Maybe it’s a fact
      We all should face
      Everyone makes judgments
      Based on race.

  6. dulcinea47 says:

    I would call it “in bad taste”. Which is not the same thing as offensive.

  7. Platypi {Redacted} says:

    Next thing you know, Slutty Cheerleaders/Flight Attendants/Nurses/Etc are going to be offended by all the costumes out there for girls ages 8 and up! {/sarcasm}

    This may be obnoxious, but I don’t think it is any more offensive than hundreds of other costumes worn every Halloween!

  8. PacoHertez says:

    I’m also Mexican, I dont really find it offensive since sombreros and Gavan are still pretty common
    in rural Mexican areas. I take it the same way as if someone wore a kimono and pretended to be Japanese. The stache and pistol are pretty cheesy tho.

    • UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

      Hell, a friend of mine who’s not Jewish dressed up as a Hassidic rabbi one year. I thought it was hilarious.

      I suppose I should’ve been offended, but who the hell has time for that?

    • Happy Tinfoil Cat says:

      The entire costume is cheesy. Real Mexican bandits wore much better ponchos. I’ve never seen such a crappy poncho.

    • lihtox says:

      I take it the same way as if someone wore a kimono and pretended to be Japanese.

      Kimono: fine. Pretending to be Japanese? How do you do that without diving into base stereotypes? Someone familiar with the culture might be able to manage it, but most people would end up saying “Ah, so!” a lot. I’d say that trying to portray another race is very likely to cause offense. So maybe this costume is OK if the wearer simply pretends to be a “bandit”; but if they say “Look at me, I’m a Mexican!”? Really bad taste.

      And context is so important in these cases: someone in the US could dress up as a Brit or a Canadian and not be too offensive, because we have generally good relations with both countries. But there’s a lot of hostility towards Mexicans in the US right now, and so a white American who dresses up as a Mexican is going to be suspected of mockery. (Not to mention that this specific outfit has been used in mocking portrayals of Mexicans for decades now.)

  9. deathbecomesme says:

    Now if he was holding a bag of oranges…….

  10. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    Minus the guns and mustache, how is a national costume, or poorly rendered variant thereof racist? If I up and dressed in a $5 national/heritage costume (no matter how poorly done) does that make me racist?

    No, I say, it does not.

    I would, however, have terrible taste.

    • McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

      Also, that costume is not very Halloween. Not unless you throw on some zombie makeup.

    • prizgrizbiz says:

      The guns and mustache are the real parts, now get some drugs and something to decapitate policemen with, then you are very topical.

    • LadySiren is murdering her kids with HFCS and processed cheese says:

      Someone from Mexico being offended by this costume would be like me as a Hawaiian crying foul over all the white women (and some of the men too) wearing grass skirts and coconut bras and calling themselves hula girls.

      Good lord, are we all so touchy-feely these days that we can’t tell the difference between poor taste and true racism? Javier, if it really bothers you, why not dress up as a fat redneck for Halloween? That’ll show us ugly ‘mericans.

  11. apd09 says:

    unless something is blatantly offensive like black face, halloween is one time of year where people are supposed to suspend their belief in reality and allow people to make fools of themselves. Nothing is off limits, and the boundaries of taste are pushed to their furthest. Most ethnicities are poked fun at during this time of year, a tracksuit, wife beater, gold chain, and slicked back hair, you are italian or from New Jersey.

    • goodfellow_puck says:

      And every year there’s a stink about some party goers doing that and how it’s freaking offensive.

  12. marillion says:

    Well, the sombrero IS a bit too festive, but it’s for a holiday celebration, after all..

  13. Daverson says:

    I’d suggest that we ban all Halloween costumes except white sheets – everyone can go out as identical ghosts – but then I’m sure some crybaby Klansman would get all weepy and offended over that too.

  14. Anonymously says:

    Magic 8 Ball says “Making fun of Mexicans is still acceptable, try again in 10 years.”

    • AI says:

      When I was in Mexico, Mexicans actively sell ponchos and sombreros at local markets and on resorts. Are Mexicans racist towards Mexicans?

      • synergy says:

        If you went to a place where Americans/foreigners aren’t commonly found, you wouldn’t find these items. They sell them because they know they’ll buy them and like any business/person they want to make as much money as possible.

  15. devwar says:

    He is probably offended by the hairless legs.

  16. spunkmonkey says:

    Javier needs to get a life. Of course it is a stereotypical costume but every costume is stereotypical. How is this any different than viking, native american, pirate, french maid, etc…. costumes? And Skyrattlers has it right that that is how Mexican bandits (more or less) dressed.

  17. Thyme for an edit button says:

    I want to see the female version. I am sure it is just like this, but with hot pants, low cut poncho with no shirt underneath, and high heels.

  18. maggiemerc says:

    Somehow I feel it’d be less racist if it included bandoliers.

  19. MartinFeardie says:

    I’ll bet this guy HATES Clint Eastwood.

    Nice thing about America (well, it USED to be, anyway) is that we are free to be offended and have the right to ignore anything we choose.

    I guess Mexicans don’t value freedom – except for freedom of arm movement underneath that poncho.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      we are free to be offended

      Then the OP hasn’t done anything wrong, has he?

      • ParingKnife ("That's a kniwfe.") says:

        Doncha just love how people who talk about “freedom to offend” seem to take such umbrage when other people are offended?

  20. JustLurking says:

    I am guessing Javier is not really Mexican if he is offended by this getup.

    Just five years ago, the Mexican government issued stamps with a black-faced character. Political correctness just does not exist in Mexico as we see it here. Mexicans are too busy trying to make a decent living between fighting systemic classism, endemic corruption and a violent narco-war that shows no signs of abating any time soon to worry about this nonsense.

    Besides, there are countless places throughout Mexico (and not just the cheesy beach destinations) where you can buy puppets of this characterization and probably costumes, too, but I have never checked.

    Now the Irish are going to get their panties in a wad over the drunk, shillelagh-wielding leprechaun costumes, the Danish over the Vikings and lord knows who else will be offended.

    Can we just get back to the the annual halloween battle over slutty costumes for pre-teen girls?

    • Pax says:

      Now the Irish are going to get their panties in a wad over the drunk, shillelagh-wielding leprechaun costumes, [...]

      Actually, I was thinking of “Drunken irishman” as a costume possibility this year. Skip shaving for a few days, buy some cheap, awful cologne … buy a couple six-packs of IBC rootbeer and make up some fake labels for ‘em (brown glass bottles, just like “real” beer) …

      My ancestry on my father’s side is almost 100% Irish, by the way. And my name couldn’t possibly get more Irish, and still be pronounceable by my friends (or spellable by me).

  21. dush says:

    Who wouldn’t be offended by a technicolor poncho?

  22. teke367 says:

    If the mustache and guns are not included, than it isn’t that bad. Certainly not like blackface (horrible comparison btw).

    With the gun and mustache, well, personally, I don’t think its too bad, but I could see why somebody might be a little offended. I mean, what kind of Mexican bandit would wear pants cuffed like that. Lot of floods in Mexico?

  23. HalOfBorg says:

    Reminds me of Panch Villa.
    http://www.freedomarchives.org/La_Lucha_Continua/images/pancho_villa.jpg

    I had a history teacher in high school who started every new class with “Turn to page blah blah. Get it over with.”

    He looked EXACTLY like Pancho Villa. :)

    • TuxthePenguin says:

      Where are you from (or how old are you)? One of my son’s teachers did the same thing… he still remembers that teacher (8th grade history) to this day.

  24. florsie says:

    I’m Mexican and I’m not offended at all. Halloween is all about exaggeration, about dressing as something you are not.The Gabán (or poncho as gringos call it) is pretty cool, though.

    To javier: No mames, consíguete una vida y otras cosas de que ofenderte.

  25. kobresia says:

    A sombrero and poncho to dress-up as a wild west pistolero is offensive?

    No, my friend. A mustache, gender-inappropriate thrift-store t-shirt, baseball cap, and cabbage basket might be offensive.

  26. HaveSomeCheese says:

    Where was this guy when all the Speedy Gonzalez cartoons and old westerns came out years ago, along with every costume shop for the past 50 years? It’s 2010 man, get over yourself.

  27. jaredwilliams says:

    but that’s how Mexicans used to dress…and some still do. Sombrero and poncho certainly aren’t any other culture. You really can’t compare black face, that was white actors being painted black just to be able to continue to exclude black people by not letting them participate in theater/movies. I dressed up as a German at Oktoberfest, no one was offended.
    How about you stop trying to get worked up over stupid stuff

  28. danmac says:

    Yeah…he needs to not be so touchy…if they advertised a laderhosen outfit, would Germans find it offensive? If they advertised a Scotsman with a kilt and bagpipes, would Scottish people find it offensive? Of course not. Stop being so damned defensive.

    Of, and for what it’s worth, I wore a costume like that to a Halloween party full of Mexicans (my wife is Mexican; they were mostly my inlaws), and no one found it offensive.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      A bunch of my friends find it hilarious to dress up as stereotypical or offensive costumes.
      My mexican boyfriend dressed as a zapatista one year, and his cousins dressed like cholos.
      Last year my brother-in-law dressed like a Scotsman, and his friend was Jesus.

      I even have a friend who did all-out blackface.

      all in jest.

  29. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    Offensive? Depends who wears it. I’d get shivers if some of those PeopleOfWalmart wore it.

  30. dolemite says:

    Not sure how that’s racist. If you’ve seen people actually dressed like that, in large numbers, then it’s imitation. Simply having a white guy dress up as some other nationality doesn’t mean “racist”.

  31. goldgecko4 says:

    I want to know what this costume is marketed as. If it’s something like “Mexican Man” or “Pepe”, yeah, maybe a little insensitive. But if it’s something like “Bandito”, then no, because it’s clearly meant to be a caricature.

  32. bigd738778 says:

    Javier can do his shopping in Mexico. I’m really tired of people from different countries telling Americans what we can and can’t do. Halloween is the last holiday for me that hasn’t been ruined by people like Javier. Our custom is to dress and be someone different, we can do what we want and be offensive if we wish. That’s the great thing about a FREE COUNTRY. If Mexico is such a great country then shop in Mexico, why “come across the boarder”?

    • florsie says:

      Because this douchebag Javier probably is a well off Mexican (won’t speculate where his money comes from) and it’s pretty stylish for those kind of people to buy their groceries on the other side of the border. Which is totally retarded because we got most of the products they got in the US.

    • Anri says:

      According to the post, he said it was offensive. He didn’t say “It shouldn’t be sold.” He didn’t say “I hate Halloween and America.” All he did was submit his opinion. For someone so happy about living in a FREE COUNTRY you don’t seem to happy about other people having FREEDOMS.

    • crunchberries says:

      I read your comment and all I could hear was WAH WAH WAH MY NEEDS. Stop whining.

  33. diasdiem says:

    RACISTS! How dare they spread the unwarranted stereotype that Mexican banditos wear loafers and khaki highwaters!

  34. fmatthew5876 says:

    Who cares, its a costume. Get over yourself already. People who are PC are cowards.

    • MMD says:

      Because it’s so gutsy to support stereotypes?

      I’d argue that it’s gutsy to speak out against stereotypes. And if you have any guts, you’ll have a rational discussion about the pros and cons of Halloween costumes that play into stereotypes, especially racial or cultural stereotypes. But since your starting point is namecalling, I don’t imagine that will happen.

  35. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    He won’t look so tough with his orange Halloween basket and glow in the dark safety strips.

  36. Murph1908 says:

    Are costumes with shamrocks, big beards, goofy green top hats, and a little pot of gold offensive? If so, let me know, and as someone of Irish decent, I’ll be sure to take due offense.

    Thanks

    • ieatcatastrophe says:

      i just want to point out…

      you’re talking about a leprechaun, which is a mythical creature, not an ethnic group.

      now if the article was about unicorns being offended by unicorn costumes, you’d have a point!

    • Michaela says:

      I was thinking a similar thing about the German girl outfits. Really, it seems no ethnic group is safe from Halloween costumes.

  37. enomosiki says:

    This is as racist as foreigners depicting Americans as a bunch of redneck cowboys chasing after Indians.

    Oh, the delicious irony.

  38. Tim says:

    Javier, a Consumerist reader who lives in Mexico, jumped the fence into the U.S., took our jobs and did some shopping at Walmart.

    There, I fixed it for you.

  39. lehrdude says:

    My favorite costume of all time is still a guy wearing a big box with 2 big round holes for eyes and a sign underneath that said “Mammograms – $5″

  40. rooben says:

    deathbecomesme below hit the nail on the head on this one. This costume is based on stereotypes, but not necessarily negative stereotypes. So, yes, you can say “I’m a Bandito” and wear a serape and sombrero, and not be “racist”. Add a negative stereotype – like the halloween party in the news last year where a couple frat kids had “wetback” on their shirt, and a girl was dressed as a pregnant immigrant drenched in water, and NOW you have racism.

  41. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    Mexicans will be offended? You mean those people who let their kids whack a Dora The Explorer piñata until it’s guts fall out?

  42. Buddha says:

    Go back to Mexico and stay there please

  43. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    Because Dog knows, it’s not OK to have a Mexican costume. Get a Viking costume. Or an Irish Leprechaun costume. Or an Indian brave/squaw costume. Or a Catholic nun/priest costume. Or a white trash Cable Guy costume. Or…

    If people *want* to be offended, they’ll find a reason to be offended. Therefore, STFU and GTFO.

  44. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    I’m baffled by how angry people get when other people say they’re offended.

    • danmac says:

      I’m not baffled…let’s say I don’t find the costume particularly offensive (I don’t) and you think it’s the most horribly racist thing in the world. It’s not unreasonably logical to conclude that you, by extension, think that I am a racist.

      Because (most) people don’t like to be thought of as racists, they get quite defensive when others point out that they may be, even if it’s only implied.

  45. Winfield says:

    That is a lame costume. (but I don’t see it as a racist costume)

  46. Sanspants says:

    Would a hairnet, button down shirt (with the collar buttoned), kahkis and Chuck Taylors also be offensive?

    • Mira Mi Huevo!!! says:

      It would not be offensive… It would be idiotic, ignorant and in poor taste; that is why only mexican gangbangers in the 90’s started doing it… but it would be cool for a costume.

  47. esp13 has a pony named Steve says:

    It seems that anything that points to any ethnic group is tagged racist. By selling or wearing this (or any “COSTUME” for that matter) for Halloween, are you stating that Mexicans are inferior? I am Mexican, born there and raised here and I find this in no way offensive. If used to make a statement connected to actual racism, then maybe I would be.

    I do plan on dressing as a doctor complete with scrubs, stethoscope and a syringe this year because I believe doctors are inferior and should be sent back to…. where ever doctors come from.

  48. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    Just have the Walmarts in Mexico sell “hipster” costumes. Some gringo can walk in, claim it’s offensive, and everyone’s even Steven.

  49. vastrightwing says:

    Hope you don’t ever see a Taco Bell then!

  50. AI says:

    If it’s racist to dress as a Mexican cowboy, then it’s racist to dress as an American cowboy too.

  51. SkyRattlers says:

    I just realized that Laura is kinda breaking the whole “don’t blame the OP” rule with her title. See Consumerist, sometimes the OP is wrong.

  52. Jesse says:

    If this is offensive to Mexicans then they should pull whore costumes too for being offensive and stereotyping all the hard working prostitutes out there.

  53. The cake is a lie! says:

    I suppose dressing up like an old west cowboy is offensive too. Or maybe the Chef costume I saw is offensive.

    There is an old saying that goes “You can’t give offense; you can only take it.” Some people go out of their way to take it. If you take offense at a costume like this, then your panties are obviously a little too tight and you need to get over it.

  54. Brunette Bookworm says:

    *sigh* It is a bit racist. Stereotyping an entire culture into one singular costume is racist, no matter what culture it is; Mexican, German, Indian, etc.

    http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2009/10/29/racist-halloween-costumes/

    Also, what’s the intent behind the costume and dressing up as a cultural stereotype? Do you find it funny? If so, isn’t that a bit offensive?

    http://www.racialicious.com/2007/10/30/reasons-i-hate-halloween/

    http://www.racialicious.com/2008/11/14/on-cultural-appropriation-halloween-and-beyond/

    • Marshmelly says:

      Also, what’s the intent behind the costume and dressing up as a cultural stereotype? Its Halloween. Its a costume. Dressing up as someone from another country is no different than stereotyped costumes of professions like nurses and maids. Is that actually how they dress? Of course not, and I’m pretty sure nobody thinks it is.

      Do you find it funny? Yes.

      If so, isn’t that a bit offensive? No.

  55. Awesome McAwesomeness says:

    Racist, but funny. I think someone needs to lighten up and stop the ultra PC craziness.

  56. sufreak says:

    No. Go away.

  57. JakeChance says:

    Sounds like Javier just needs something to complain about.

  58. duncanblackthorne says:

    To play devil’s advocate for a moment, aren’t many Halloween costumes offensive to one group or another?

    • Brunette Bookworm says:

      Yes, they are, which is a problem. Maybe people need to get creative and stop co-opting another group’s culture or perpetuating stereotypes just because they are too lazy to come up with a good costume idea.

  59. justagigilo85 says:

    Would it be offensive if I told him to mow a lawn and get over it?

  60. Zowie says:

    It’s an outdated, stereotypical interpretation of a Mexican. It goes hand in hand with the idea of Mexicans as “banditos,” i.e. lawless thugs. In the American West, the old image of the “sleeping bandito” leaning against a tree or wall, is still common, (such as on businesses / motel signs) projecting the frequent racist stereotype of Mexicans as lazy.

    It is most certainly racist.

    White people dressing up like this serve to reinforce outmoded ideas of people from other cultures, essentially putting people of other ethnicities “in their place,” whether intended that way or not. Just like costurmes of Native Americans and all-too-common “pimp n ho” parties, this one should be retired along with the stereotypes it conjures.

    • waltcoleman says:

      If “white people” (I’m deeply offended by the term, prefer European American) were wearing this to the office or out for a date, then yeah…it would be somewhat mocking. It’s a COSTUME, designed for COSTUME parties in which people wear outlandish outfits for FUN. Lighten up!

      • chancyrendezvous says:

        There are ways to be outlandish and fun without appropriating someone else’s culture. Halloween doesn’t give anyone a pass to be offensive and perpetuate stereotypes.

        • waltcoleman says:

          People can find offense in most anything if they dig deep enough. Should we have costume police who determine what’s offensive or not, or should we all follow your standard, whatever that may be?

          We live in a free society, which means we’re free to offend and be offended. We’re also free to laugh and realize that perpetuating stereotypes, making fun, and Halloween costumes are all part of everyday society.

          Like I said…lighten up!

          • Brunette Bookworm says:

            Wait, you think perpetuating stereotypes is a GOOD thing?

            • waltcoleman says:

              Yes, that’s exactly what I wrote. Or I wrote “all part of everyday society”.

              Point is, I can find offense in anything, so can you, so can anyone. Stop whining about imaginary offenses.

              • Brunette Bookworm says:

                You seem to say two different things, first that people are free to be offended and then that they should lighten up. Sorry, no, if I feel offended by a stereotype against women I’m not going to just ignore it or laugh. As a woman in a male-dominated field the perpetuation of stereotypes about women is harmful to my career.

                • waltcoleman says:

                  In a free society you take the good with the bad. That means you’re gonna see things that offend you. I see things that I would consider offensive every day. That doesn’t mean I let it bother me or effect me, because at the end of the day it’s only an issue for me if I let it become an issue. I have better things to do than whine.

                  As for the OP…it’s a Halloween costume, nobody is suggesting it’s appropriate attire in a business meeting….though if someone did, I’d laugh my ass off.

    • Powerlurker says:

      There are plenty of white people in Mexico (and I mean actual white Mexicans).

  61. maynurd says:

    It’s a constume, grow up and get over it. Don’t we have more important things to worry about??

  62. caddisfly says:

    Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one’s home. BTW, I’m offended that Javier is offended!

  63. Power Imbalance says:

    Everybody wants to be offended.

  64. waltcoleman says:

    shouldn’t the costume include a burlap backpack with 50lbs of weed?

  65. El_Fez says:

    Lets see –

    Sombrero? So you’re saying people south of the border don’t wear Sombreros? Okay, that’s factual. How about that serape? Hell, I bought one not too dissimilar when I was in TJ many moons ago – so that’s fact too.

    So it’s pretty much the cap guns that someone is complaining about? Yeah, sounds like this fellow needs to grow a thick skin.

  66. eccsame says:

    Not offensive, just historically inaccurate.

    Mexican Banditos never rolled the cuffs of their cargo pants.

  67. JulesNoctambule says:

    I find it rather refreshing that the fellow who is offended is actually Mexican. Usually the people who complain about costumes being OMG OFFENSIVE!! tend to be getting offended on the behalf of whatever group they have decided are being oppressed.

  68. Hoss says:

    Here in Massachusetts we have witches that get offended by anything Halloween

  69. erratapage says:

    It’d be cheaper to just buy this stuff at a market in Mexico. I saw tons of this kind of stuff (better made) while I was in Mexico in stores catering to tourists. Seriously. If this is racist, it’s a racism that’s being sold to Americans by Mexicans.

  70. Stiv says:

    Clearly, it depends on who’s wearing it….

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UjFRChcqrgdUvr7rwqsbDg

  71. Mira Mi Huevo!!! says:

    As we all know, once you cross over the Border into Mexico the light sprectrum turns a orange/sepia color as depicted in most movies, 95% of the country is covered by ranches and small rural towns where Cantinas are the most important buldings and donkeys, chickens and other farm animals roam around freely in the makeshift dirt roads that serve as streets. It is in these towns that you will find hordes of men dressing exactly like this fellow… sitting on the floor hugging their legs while covering them with the shown zarape and wearing this sombrero, most of them napping or drunk of course.

    /Sarcasm

    In all seriousness though, this is not a racist or bad taste costume… It is a poor depiction of a the way a very small portion of impoverished indigenous people still dress in Mexico. It is an image that has been widely used mostly because of old “Revolucion” Era pictures. There is no merit for the OP to be offended.

    BTW, I am Mexican-American… (Raised in Mexico until I was 18 and currently living in the US)

  72. Rachacha says:

    I find all costumes for Engineers offensive. No engineer that I know carries a slide rule, wears a pocket protector or ties their glasses together with white tape.

    Now, an engineer with his glasses held together with duct tape and a paper clip are fine…because I know several people (incliding myself) who have done emergency repairs on their glasses with duct tape and a paperclip.

    • waltcoleman says:

      ROFL…as a fellow nerd who now wears contacts, I appreciated that :)

    • Ilovegnomes says:

      That’s a 1970’s (or earlier) engineer. My dad use to walk around with a pocket protector, tape on his glasses but kept his slide rule at work.

  73. stlbud says:

    On behalf of all the ghosts in the world, I take offense at anyone wearing a sheet on Halloween.

    Get a Life! Get a sense of humor! Get Over It!

    Bill

  74. RanChan03 says:

    add one other person to the OMG IT’S RACIST POOL over stupid crap.

  75. banmojo says:

    Rather than looking for reasons to get pissed off at whitey (’cause he’s done SO much to make your life miserable and incomplete!) why don’t you go out and grab your FINITE life by its balls and squeeze as much life essence outta it while you still can? My GOD some people live their lives just TRYING to make themselves miserable – if you look around you’ll find PLENTY to make one depressed – so DON’T FOCUS ON THE SHIT THAT BUGS YA, DUDE!

    Some people just like to dress up and have fun on halloween, and some people in America find old stereotypes FUNNY, rather than offensive.

    Ya needs to takes a chillax pill, amigo.

    Hey, just a little btw, I can’t COUNT how many hispanics patients have come into my office and gotten angry that I don’t speak Spanish. I’ve BEEN TO MEXICO CITY, and if I try to talk to someone there in English they ALWAYS GET REALLY PISSED OFF AND ASK WHY DON’T I SPEAK SPANISH.

    Good for goose, good for gander. STFU over this shite already, and we should NOT be paying US tax dollars to teach mexican kids in OUR SCHOOLS in Spanish imho.

    eofm

  76. Jack'sPumpkinQueen says:

    When I was in high school a guy that I really despised…. with the initials of M-A-R-T-I-N T-O-R-R-O-S-I-A-N…. came to our class in jeans, a wife beater, a bandana, holding a bag of oranges and yelling, “naranjas”… that was offensive. It was probably one of the only times in my life that I haven’t found a joke like that funny. But, wearing a zarape, silly hat, and pretending to be a pistolero makes me giggle a bit.

  77. shlni says:

    I’m pretty sure the public knows that not everyone in Mexico is a bandito, not everyone in Japan is a ninja/geisha just like the rest of the world knows that not everyone in America is a cowboy.

  78. Vermifuge says:

    I’m Mexican and I agree it’s raciest but funny as all heck.

    *sings*

    Everyone’s a little bit racist
    Sometimes.
    Doesn’t mean we go
    Around committing hate crimes.
    Look around and you will find
    No one’s really color blind.
    Maybe it’s a fact
    We all should face
    Everyone makes judgments
    Based on race.

  79. areaman says:

    It looks like Borat in a poncho and sombrero.

  80. Angry JD says:

    I hate people. It’s RACIST you idiots. Being a costume or intended to be funny doesn’t forgive RACISM.

    Evolve you pond scum.

    • prizgrizbiz says:

      And a Mexican citizen is what race exactly?

    • crunchberries says:

      You are so unbelievably stupid. Go look up racism and find out what it really means instead of sitting around and trying to dilute the concept because it makes you feel superior. Hint: racism has nothing to do with ethnicity, which is the actual issue here.

      That aside, I won’t argue that the costume isn’t problematic because it is. It relies on really old and stupid ethnic stereotypes for a cheap laugh. However, you’re just as bad as the OP with this apples to oranges comparison of one thing to another.

  81. plasticorange says:

    its as racist as a cowboy costume.

    If it were called “The Immigrant” or something, that’d be different

  82. FilthyHarry says:

    The costume itself isn’t racist. Its what the person does while wearing it that might be racist.

    If he’s a “Bandito” then it’d be no more racist than someone dressing up as a cowboy.

  83. donjumpsuit says:

    thats just a caricature

    Now this, is offensive on so many different levels, that it approaches quite awesome.

    http://www.buy.com/prod/chinese-takeout-adult-costume/q/sellerid/23256283/loc/64935/217009030.html

  84. giax says:

    Yet I’ve never seen a nurse complain about the nurse costumes being un-PC…

  85. Brunette Bookworm says:

    In regards to this comment in the article, “What do you think? Is this costume racist, or intended to be more like the lederhosen and ninja costumes sold alongside it?” Um, those costumes are offensive too. Appropriating someone’s culture or history to play dress-up is offensive.

  86. kataisa says:

    Common sense is dead. Time to call for an end to Political Correctness once and for all.

  87. sweaterhogans says:

    I don’t find this racist at all. It’s always been a bit odd to have other cultures as Halloween costumes though. Vampire, Zombie…Japanese person! You have to justify things saying no I’m a geisha or samurai. I had a white friend who was straight up a Vietnamese man for Halloween and one who just wore a burqa. I find both to be very funny. It’s Halloween! Lighten up!

  88. Cicadymn says:

    That’s the joke.jpg

  89. blue_j says:

    I would be less bothered by a version of this that _did_ include the mustache and pistols. As pictured, the costume is a silly caricature of “the Bandito” that’s been around forever. A little stereotypical, but not any more than the cowboys and kung-fu costumes you see around. It’s referencing an old-timey cliche more than it is a race or a people.

    But without the mustache and guns, it’s not cartoony enough for caricature. So what is it exactly? Is it sold as a “Mexican Guy” costume? That’s just one step shy of saying “This is what Mexicans look like.” It wouldn’t surprise if the costume makers ditched the idea of being PC altogether and called it something like “Immigrant” or “Run For The Border”

    All that said, that costume itself isn’t that bad. But if the guy in the photo came up to me at a party saying “Whasssup Esse!! Have a cerveza, Mehn. Burritos! Tequila! Ai yai-yai!!!” I would want to punch the racist douchebag in the face.

    Disclaimer: I am ethnically Mexican (3rd generation immigrant), but culturally as whitewashed as the ‘average American’. Take from that what you will.

  90. Pax says:

    No, it’s not racist.

    Tactless, perhaps. But not racist. It’s a Mexican bandit or revolutionary, from the 19th or very early 20th century. IT’s also horridly cheap in appearance, but for a “wear it once or twice, then chuck it” cheap halloween costume, eh, so what?

    It doesn’t claim ALL Mexicans are like that. One could dress up in a period military uniform from the same era, and it would be JUST as accurate.

    YEESH … some people need to get over themselves, and stop being so hypersensitive!!!

  91. al602086 says:

    Many commenters find this costume funny, not really racist and maybe the depiction of the mexican stereotype should be taken lightheartedly because non-mexicans are….non-mexicans.
    In spirit of lightning up and not sucha big dealness…then why this happened?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8410111/

  92. JeremieNX says:

    2 years ago, my Hispanic best friend designed my costume for me and it looked almost identical to this one. He laughed at this guy’s “complaint”.

  93. faea says:

    I like last years pick for offensive better. the illegal alien.

  94. crunchberries says:

    Where’s the ‘this costume is problematic because it relies on stupid and tired stereotypes, but isn’t even close to being comparable to something as racist as blackface’ option? I mean, I get where the OP is coming from, but Holy Lack of Perspective, Batman.

  95. DRFS Rich says:

    One of my good friends is a Mexican citizen and legal permanent resident of the US. A few years ago when he dressed up for halloween for the first time in his life, it was in almost exactly this costume. A friend and I gave him $20 and had him stop at Taco Bell then when he arrived he handed out tacos like the Mexican Santa Claus.

  96. samonela says:

    Mexico – PC capitol of the world.

  97. emptyV says:

    Just another slam against Walmart…
    PC taken far too serious, would you be as outraged if this coustume was sold @ CVS or Target??
    Just please don’t let them take back my Mexican Coke, OK…

  98. You hate your job but you're still working there? says:

    Funny, my Mexican step-father finds this kind of stereotype to be hilarious, if only because a guy in a poncho and sombrero (admittedly it’s usually sans mustache and pistols) is more common than he’d really like to admit. I say it’s sexist- who says Mexican bandits are all dudes?!

    Also, Clint Eastwood would like to have a word with you: http://cdn-images.hollywood.com/site/eastwood_good_ugly.jpg

  99. chaelyc says:

    There’s a fine line when it comes to Halloween costumes. Most are offensive if you really think about it – do you think female cops are thrilled to see hoards of sexy police women stumbling around on Halloween night? I’m guessing they find that offensive, too.

    I would say that unless it came with some horrendous name like “boarder jumper” or some accessory like a tiny lawn mower it’s probably not really that offensive in the grand scheme of things. It’s not uncommon for kids or adults to dress as some stereotype or another & I don’t personally have an issue with it.

  100. DEVO says:

    I love when the Dallas Cowboys play the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving. That’s pretty good shit.