A major Halloween costume company is facing backlash over a costume of Caitlyn Jenner, a transgender activist and reality star.
Spirit Halloween, a major Halloween retailer, is being criticized for selling the costume in its stores. While many say that the costume mocks transgender people, the company says it is honoring Jenner for her bravery in coming out as transgender.
“Caitlyn Jenner has proven to be the most important real-life superhero of the year,” Trisha Lombardo of Spirit Halloween told NY Daily News, “and Spirit Halloween is proud to carry the costume that celebrates her.”
NY Daily News also reports that the company reportedly had a “heated” discussion about whether releasing a Caitlyn Jenner costume was appropriate, but ultimately, they decided to move forward with it.
“So these people think being transgender is like putting on a costume, huh?” one person commented on Advocate’s coverage. “How is this not transphobic?”
Do you think that Spirit Halloween should sell a Caitlyn Jenner costume?