Halloween is typically viewed as a fun holiday where you can party while dressed up in a costume, and no one’s going to say anything weird about it (usually).
However, one U.S. university is taking it upon itself to advise its students against wearing “offensive” costumes and is also providing counseling services for those “troubled” by others’ choice in costume.
“Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people,” it said.
The University of Florida is offering counseling to anyone who gets offended by any costumes worn this Halloween https://t.co/uB9QqMhspA
— New York Post (@nypost) October 15, 2016
The university also reminded students to be careful of what they post on their social media accounts, as social media posts “can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation”.
For students who find themselves flustered over any Halloween-related incidents, the university is encouraging them to seek out help.
“If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7-days-a-week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone.”
— Fusion (@Fusion) October 14, 2016
Some students, however, see it as a case of being too ‘politically correct’.
Another freshman at FSW agreed: “There are instances where someone does like, cross the line, does something offensive, like racially or sexually, and those are separate instances, but like in general, most people don’t dress up for Halloween in a sense to offend anybody.”
— Pernell yinishyé (@PernellThomas) October 16, 2016
The post came just days after the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse hosted an event in an attempt to educate students about avoiding racist costumes, which was had promotional posters asking “Is Your Costume Racist?”
The student government at Pennsylvania State University also took a crack against costumes depicting cultural appropriation by approving a campaign which uses posters to discourage costumes depicting racial or cultural stereotypes.
Meanwhile, the recent wave of creepy clown incidents sweeping the U.S. and several other countries has schools on defense, as the Connecticut school district has banned students from donning clown costumes for the holiday.
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