Ban certain costumes at humber, advocate suggests

by | Oct 28, 2016 | Life, News

Allyyssa Sousa-Kirpaul


With Halloween days away, there is talk that Humber College should place a ban on certain costumes.

Kenny Dawkins, LGBTQ event resource assistant at Humber North campus, said some costumes should be barred from the Humber Halloween party that was scheduled last night.

Costumes that he said should be banned include Caitlyn Jenner and Indigenous people.

“If they don’t, it will show people that Humber believes it’s okay to appropriate people’s culture and make a joke of someone’s transition from their assigned gender at birth to whatever they associate with now,” said Dawkins.

Consequences should be put into place if a student wears an offensive costume, said Dawkins, although he doesn’t know how the school would make students aware of all offensive costumes.

“Besides the fact they’re very offensive, it reiterates the fact [that] their culture is literally taken away from someone and we can wear it now because it’s not a thing anymore. It’s literally a joke,” said Dawkins.

Devron Rodrigues from Party City in Brampton said the store doesn’t sell the Caitlyn Jenner costume. There has been no complaints yet about offensive costumes in the store, Rodrigues said.

Recently, Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., prepared a list of prohibited costumes for its annual Halloween party.

The list includes any form of traditional headdress such as but not limited to the hijab, African head ties and turbans. Costumes that mock suicide or rape, or outfits featuring a culture’s traditional attire are also on the list.

The intention is to prevent harmful stereotypes and make sure students are respectful towards each other’s culture and history, the university said.

According to the Humber IGNITE Halloween web page, there will be a zero-tolerance policy for cultural costumes.

Some costumes are very exaggerated and over the top, said student Valentina Tabares, a fitness and health promotion student.

Others disagree.

“Since it’s a party we should be free to wear what we want to, we’re all adults aren’t we? It would be more fun if you get to wear what you want to wear, it’s better that way,” said Shellisa Sutherland, a paralegal student.