Halloween is right around the corner and kids all over the country are anticipating the fun night of dressing up in their scariest or prettiest costume for their annual door-to-door trek around their neighborhoods.
But the October 31st holiday is not reserved for children, as many adults are now getting into the fun of dressing and partying with fellow grown-ups. Some adults follow the lead of their younger counterparts and also seek out scary and pretty costumes, but others like to make political or social statements with their choice of ensembles.
History shows that when it comes to Halloween, no matter how outrageous the costume, pretty much anything is fair game. But this year, we may have stumbled upon a costume that is at risk of being banned due to the nature of the statement it’s making.
TMZ is reporting that a couple of distributors are threatening to ban the costume, but the company that sells it is refusing to run in fear from activist outcry accusing the outfit of ‘mocking’ a treasured symbol of their movement.
“A Caitlyn Jenner costume -- which harkens back to her Olympic glory days as Bruce Jenner -- is getting destroyed by critics who say it's insensitive to transgender people ... and it's already being yanked from at least one outlet.”
The source of the controversy? Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few years, you undoubtedly know that the famous Olympic athlete recently went through a very public transition from male to female - and activists are very protective of their famous icon. It's no wonder that they are up-in-arms of what they see as making fun of Jenner.
That’s right. eBay is the first major distributor to ban the ‘I am Cait’ costume after they received complaints about the $44.95 Halloween getup. But another major supplier, Amazon, is still carrying it and, as of right now, consumers can still get their hands on it.
The costume is a simple one. A pair of super-short blue running shorts, a red jersey with 'USA' upon it, a facsimile gold medal (Jenner won the Decathlon in the 1976 Montreal Olympics) - and a long brunette wig! What part do you think is causing the objection??!!??
In case you’re not familiar with what an amazing feat winning the Decathlon is, just take a look: Each competitor competes over three days, completing all of the following events: 100-meter sprint, 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter run, 1500-meter run, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, and pole vault.
The gold medal is awarded to the athlete who scores best overall. It's no wonder people want to honor the achievement of the person who was once dubbed the 'World's Greatest Athlete' - in spite of the somewhat tongue-in-cheek slant it brings.
Not all people are offended, though. Instead, some are taking to social media to point out the ludicrous side of the ban and to encourage a sense of humor about the product.
“What if Caitlyn Jenner dressed up as Bruce Jenner? Would that even be considered a costume?”
So, if you have your heart set on wearing this timely costume, you'd better hurry. It's expected that Amazon and the other major distributors are certain to bow to the political pressure and also ban the ensemble.
In case you don't remember the magnificent moment that American golden boy Bruce Jenner won the grueling ten-event Olympic competition, watch the video, below.