The retailer who brings the public the ever-important Naughty Sheriff, Sexy Seal Team and Nurse Knockout getups every year has announced that it will carry a Caitlyn Jenner costume for the 2015 holiday, according to the New York Daily News.
The PR team for Spirit Halloween isn't revealing any of the details surrounding the costume until it goes on sale in four to six weeks, but we can only imagine how horrifically insensitive it will be. And then there are the images of the people who will actually have the nerve to purchase the outfit and wear it in public.
(Update: Anytime Costumes has officially released their "Call Me Caitlyn" unisex adult costume on the company's website and our fears about the appearance of the costume were totally right. Take a gander.)
If the thought of the Jenner costume alone wasn't enough to make our blood boil hotter than a witch's cauldron, Spirit Halloween actually has the audacity to try to pass it off as a "celebration" of Jenner's heroism.
"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," the company's PR and marketing head, Trisha Lombardo, told the Daily News.
Nice try, Trisha, but we're not buying it.
Although we'd love to believe that Jenner supporters all over the world are going to be the ones proudly marching to the counter at their local Spirit Halloween store to purchase a costume in celebration of their hero, the company knows, just as well as we do, that that is not the most likely scenario.
Spirit Halloween is simply seeking to capitalize on Jenner's plight and the hate that has so unfortunately surrounded it.
There's also the fact that, traditionally, Halloween costumes were meant to be scary. Is Spirit Halloween putting Jenner and other transgender people in the same category as witches, creepy goblins and other monsters?
But, as referenced by the slutty nurse costume mentioned above, Halloween isn't just about scary costumes anymore. It's also about dressing provocatively, making a political statement or making people laugh. We could only hope that the Jenner costume wouldn't be used for the political and humor categories. However, if you've read any comment sections under an article about Jenner this year, you know that society is teeming with people who are champing at the bit to make a crude and unoriginal quip about her.
The thought of drunken frat boys running around dressed as Jenner is almost too much to handle, but Spirit Halloween doesn't seem to mind bringing the image to fruition.
It comes down to this: People who actually have the gall to buy and wear the Caitlyn Jenner costume are either seeking to demonize Jenner's courage to come out as a transgender woman, or making a mockery of Jenner's honest attempt to be herself. It doesn't "celebrate" her, it makes her the butt of yet another unoriginal joke.
Spirit Halloween knows this, but is willing to overlook the fact to make money. If they're so desperate for cash, they should try adding more material to their Combat Cutie costume and charging $50 instead of $35 for it. Maybe they can turn more of a profit that way.
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