Thursday, October 20, 2016

Supermarket is accused of 'cultural appropriation' for selling a Halloween Day of the Dead costume inspired by the Mexican festival

Asda was today accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ for selling a Halloween costume which has been labelled as disrespectful to Mexicans.

The supermarket has been criticised by shoppers for its ‘Halloween Day of the Dead skeleton costume’ inspired by the annual Dia de Muertos festival in Mexico.

Critics argue that Halloween and Day of the Dead are two separate events with different origins, and say it is culturally disrespectful to sell these outfits.

Dia de Muertos is a holiday to honour the dead, with participants decorating altars with flowers, candles, food and pictures in memory of loved ones.

The celebration originated as a ritual in South America as long as 3,000 years ago - and was merged with Catholicism following the Spanish Conquest.

Halloween is on All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before the Christian festival All Saints Day, and began 2,000 years ago as the Celts marked the end of summer.

People at that time believed the barrier between our world and that of ghosts and spirits became thin at this point, so had a huge party to scare them away.

Irish immigrants to the US raised the popularity of Halloween in the 19th century, before it became more commercialised and spread further in recent decades.

Asda’s ‘Halloween Day of the Dead’ costumes are available in both male and female styles and adult and children’s sizes, costing £16 and £11 respectively.

The store is also offering ‘Sugar Skull’ themed items, including masks, based on the traditional calavera skulls, which are used in Day of the Dead celebrations.

However some critics have tweeted their disappointment at the collection. Christina Bradley said: ‘The sugar skull range/the advert with sugar skull makeup for Halloween is awks. Learn what they’re about before you appropriate them?’



Bird of Paradise said...

How about a Day of the Braindead collage and universitie students and their professors hollywood celberties enviromentalists and animal rights activsts come togther to celebrate their stupidity

Anonymous said...

I was born & raised near the USA - Mexico border and the Mexican delineation between Halloween and Dia de Muertos is almost nonexistent. Both are hugely commercialized as in sell, sell, sell; and very short on original intent. Of course everything that has been appropriated from Judeo Christian culture is not appropriated because of white privilege. Purely ridiculous progressive propaganda.


Dean said...

I'm with the cultural appropriation thing. So, as a white non-Latino person neither myself or my family will eat tacos, burritos, enchiladas, or other Mexican style foods unless we are actually in Mexico. I personally will never us a Mexican word. No more, "hasta la vista," or "hola," "adios amigo or any other words from south of the border will cross my lips. It does pain my to rid my vinyl collection of its south-of-the boarder artists, but it will be done.

In return it is expected that no Latino will wear blue jeans as they were invented and produced by a citizen of the United States. Nor is it allowed for them to cook or eat anything from Western Culture. No spaghetti, chicken fried steak, turkey and dressing, lefse (there are Norwegians reading this. Right?), french fries - well, you get the picture. And heaven forbid that any Latino should wear a costume from American comic books. No sir, that is real cultural appropriation.

Actually - what a pile of politically correct, self involved c**p.

If someone in the U.S. wants to wear a serape and sombrero, no big deal. If someone in Mexico wants to dress up as a Montana cowboy, have at it. It's no big deal. And if someone wants to wear a skeleton castume for Halloween they can. Doing so is apart of U.S. culture.

stinky said...

"Sugar skull." Heh, can't wait to address a feminist that way.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Liberals were born to whine its just liberals never gave up whining