of ABC affiliate WHSV
Staff Media Lead
Halloween is officially over and the ghoulish décor is hurriedly being replaced by glittery ornaments and candy canes. We’ve packed away our clever costumes and are preparing for the rush of the holiday season ahead.
Some costumes this season caused quite a stir. Julianne Hough and her black face tribute to Orange Is the New Black
character, Crazy Eyes, had the media buzzing about her choice in attire; and the actress who portrays Crazy Eyes in the Netflix series called the decision [to wear the costume] made out of “ignorance.”
"I thought it was a shame that she is in this country, that she would wear blackface and not understand the historical implications of that," said actress Laverne Cox to Us Weekly
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On the opposite end of the spectrum, a Virginia mother defended her decision to allow her 7 year old son to dress in a Ku Klux Klan mask and robe saying it was “family tradition.” The mother, Jessica Black, told ABC affiliate WHSV
,"It's supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That's what the KKK stands for."
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Though the KKK costume is shocking, it is overshadowed by the costumes of choice for two British teenagers who dressed up as the burning Twin Towers.
19 year old students, Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, won “Best Dressed” at Rosie’s nightclub in Chester for their homemade costumes that depicted both the North and South Tower exploding and burning, complete with planes and victims falling from the upper floors.
The girls won about $240 worth of shopping vouchers and have said in a statement they did not mean to offend anyone, “We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offense was caused. The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke.”
newspaper reported the story
with the headline “Towering Stupidity,” and the costumes have sparked outrage on both sides of the pond.
“Both the University of Chester and Chester Students’ Union utterly condemn the appalling photos which have been shared on social media,” said the University of Chester, where the girls attend. The nightclub management also released a statement saying they were “extremely concerned” that the girls would win an award for being “dressed in such a distasteful and offensive manner.”
Over 3,000 people died during the attacks on September 11th
, including 67 U.K. citizens.
“Although their behavior is insensitive, I think it really reflects the important task that we have to educate future generations,” said Mary Fetchet
, founding director of Voices of September 11th. “Not focusing on the horror of the day, but about the wonderful lives of those victims who died.”
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