I caught this video on Buzzfeed recently. Ironically it’s featured on a section of the site called Buzzfeed Yellow. Is that offensive too? And listen, there are all kinds of costumes which offend people. Some of this is justified, even though Hallowe’en is meant to have an element of evil to it. Thats’ why some christians see it as the devil’s work. I don’t think scary ghosts and goblins and slashers and zombies are exactly meant to comfort us, are they?
In this video, these girls don’t make the case of why these sexy geisha costumes are offensive. The merely rant on about how inauthentic these cheap geisha costumes are, and how they don’t make them feel sexy. They mention that these dime store combine chinese and japanese elements and therefore inaccurate, since geishas are japanese. They suggest going to learn more about japanese culture if you want to dress as a geisha, since actual geishas elevated prostitution to an art form and showed very little skin. So the sexy geisha costume makes no sense to these asian girls. The only means by which one suggests that sexy, inauthentic geisha costumes are offensive is the one of them who says this:
“If you want to be sexy on Hallowe’en, you can be sexy without disparaging someone else’s culture.”
Yet they aren’t disparaging anyone’s culture. They are gravitating to it because they like the look. They just happen to be getting it wrong. And can we be honest for just a second? Very few people are going to go to any japanese events, as this video suggests, to research their costumes. They go to a costume shop and pick something they like. (I go to a costume shop and pick whatever fits. Oink!) We’re still slowly emerging from a recession, and while I’d love to see someone in a meticulously researched geisha costume doing an intricate dance while serving tea with one of those immaculate wigs, most people can’t afford to go that far for a costume which is worn once. And again, let’s face it. Many people who don’t regularly dress up just go and grab something easy–it isn’t meant to be a statement other than “I want to participate and have some fun.” I mean, the typical Hallowe’en for people who don’t go all out with a unified look is just to apply some whiskers, witch hat, or ghoul make-up and wear it with their street clothes. Maybe they’ll wear all black street clothes. And yes, Hallowe’en is a holiday of the night, filled with intrigue and madness. It is most popular with younger people. So many do use it as an excuse to bare some skin in a way in which they normally wouldn’t. Just like many do at gay pride day. Can we get off their case and let them enjoy themselves as they see fit? It’s better to have them show some skin while they are still sexy. Don’t ask me how I know.
For example, say you wanted to go dressed as Darienne Lake, but you couldn’t find a fat suit that large. Or you wanted to impersonate Alaska Thunderfuck but they ran out of horse masks. Should someone make a video in protest? My Hallowe’en gig was on Tybee Island this year and the venue literally blew away during Hurricane Matthew. Then I picked up a last minute dj shift in New York but since I thought I was off, I didn’t have a costume this year. So I threw on something vaguely asian. I had purchased these oversized frogs at the Tokyo airport and brought them home as a gift for Chris March. He ended up making this slightly asian costume for me years ago. It was not meant to be authentic, but it has a somewhat mandarin collar and frogs and I had a fan–which I actually left at home. Why shouldn’t I be allowed to express myself in the way that I choose? I’m not going to walk on eggshells just in case some snarky internet personalities might not approve. We’re not talking about seriously offensive looks like black face, swastikas or KKK hoods. Or entering the too soon category of impersonating someone who had just died, like Pete Burns.
Speaking of Pete Burns, he finally answered his own question: Dead Or Alive.
Despite rumors of a heart attack, he actually died of shock when he got the bill from his plastic surgeon.
He was having a double lip replacement surgery.
People, have fun on a holiday which celebrates horror and lunacy and don’t let people tell you what to do just because they have a chopstick up their ass.