Halloween can be an opportunity for a lot of things, like trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins and, of course, dressing up. In fact, it can be refreshing to flaunt one’s creativity or sense of humor with an elaborate, goofy, clever or hilarious costume. But sometimes, that can all go horribly wrong. Here are three Halloween costumes that have gone too far.
The Ray Rice Halloween costume, replete with an abused woman: Rice is a former running back for the Baltimore Ravens who was arrested in 2014 for punching his wife Janay, then his fiancée, in the face and knocking her out. He lost his position on the Ravens and was suspended by the NFL after video of the assault emerged, but he was eventually reinstated by the NFL. He is now trying to make a comeback and re-join an NFL team. The aggravated assault charges against Rice have failed to deter those who decided to dress up like him for Halloween – and topped off the costume with an abused partner, sometimes in the form of a doll. “It’s sad, that my suffering amuses others,” tweeted Janay Rice in response.
— Jontarius Haywood (@jontarius) November 1, 2014
— Normal (@normal412) November 4, 2014
“The ISIS Terrorist” costume: The Islamic State militant group that controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq and its affiliates have tortured and killed children, raped and enslaved women and slaughtered people for their religion. It has also brutally beheaded or executed hundreds of kidnapped hostages, often compiling videos of the deaths and posting them online.
The orange jumpsuit that many of these prisoners wore to their deaths has become so infamous that in Jordan, where in the capital Amman municipal trash workers once wore orange jumpsuits, changed the color to lime green. But not everyone sees the one-piece suit in that way:
Friends Isis Halloween costume and yes, that is his kid.. pic.twitter.com/vei0ZzIoRm
— Vexy Vox (@Vexyvox) November 2, 2014
— theawesomer (@theawesomer) October 12, 2015
And last but not least is the Twin Towers costume, which made headlines in 2013 when two students in England decided to dress up as the World Trade Center towers burning on Sept. 11, 2001.
This Twin Towers costume. How could it not win a Halloween costume contest? Halloween is to blame, not these girls. pic.twitter.com/9B4QDx6IXv
— Bart Harris (@bartharris) November 6, 2013
The students involved said, “We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offense was caused,” the BBC reported. Their attire won a costume competition at a local nightclub.
To borrow a line: This Halloween, please dress responsibly.