Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume causes controversy
Halloween costumes have a historical reputation of causing controversy, and a new celebrity attire is doing just that this year.
This October 31, people will be able to dress up as Caitlyn Jenner.
The retailer Spirit Halloween, the company behind the pop-up costume stores that appear during the fall, plans to sell the getup at its stores in New York City, according to the Daily News.
“Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important, real-life superhero of the year, and Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her,” said Trisha Lombardo, the company’s head of PR and marketing, who offered no further details about the item.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Lombardo rejected the notion that the costume was at all problematic.
“At Spirit Halloween, we create a wide range of costumes that are often based upon celebrities, public figures, heroes and superheroes,” she said. “We feel that Caitlyn Jenner is all of the above and that she should be celebrated. The Caitlyn Jenner costume reflects just that.”
However, Vincent Villano of the National Center for Transgender Equality disagreed.
“There’s no tasteful way to celebrate Caitlyn Jenner or respect transgender people this way on the one night of the year when people use their most twisted imaginations to pretend to be villains and monsters,” he said.
The outfit will hit the shelves nationwide within the next four to six weeks.