One of the biggest Halloween costumes this 2014 has evolved into something many people are calling racist and ignorant; the outfit involves Ray Rice, blackface, and a “joke” about domestic violence. Apparently, the holiday trend has sparked some adults and even children to dress up as NFL Ravens’ player Ray Rice, often wearing blackface, then bringing a female doll around to represent Janay Rice. United Press International News reports this Monday, October 27, 2014, that thousands of users have since taken to Twitter and Facebook to slam the offensive costume.
Domestic violence is never something to laugh about, but apparently some individuals are using the media surrounding the Ray Rice abuse case to make their Halloween costumes. The racist outfit, shares the source, has some folks wearing the classic Ravens jersey and anything from a female companion to a doll to represent the football player and his victimized partner.
One of the biggest issues is that not solely adults have been involved; several photos of children wearing blackface and carrying a beat-up doll around have also made it to social media sites. As evidenced in certain tweets, the family members are proud of their Halloween costumes and find the dress-up outfits just a humorous point. Some of these posts on Twitter have mentioned:
“Happy halloween??? Orrr naahhhhh #RayRice #TooSoon” … #So my mom and dad win the best costume ever award #Hitabitch #shewasknockedupnowshesknockedout”
As can be expected, USA Today reports this morning, the criticism from the public and celebrities on these social media venues have been fast, poignant, and condemning. Many users noted that these outfits are not only racist and insulting, but make a light “joke” out of domestic violence and portray wearing blackface as an acceptable act.
According to a statement from Rose McGowan, an actress, the 2014 Halloween costumes are nothing less than “repulsive.” Other users are highlighting the posted photos only to say that these children deserve better role models, or even require child services.
“Oh great. Who’s got large # for Child Services? RT @tchopstl @mdlamaster And also this one” … “Talk about ignorant much? These poor children are ALLOWED by their parents to do this? #RayRice”
Perhaps most powerful of all responses was given by Janay Rice herself. The woman who is in fact the actual victim being ridiculed by these blow-up dolls or female partners, Rice offered this comment in response to TMZ’s Twitter message:
“So, about that Ray Rice Halloween costume… http://tmz.me/yA435g4 pic.twitter.com/ZGqrXg70A7” … “@TMZ it’s sad, that my suffering amuses others”
What is your reaction to these Ray Rice Halloween costumes this year? Do you find the trend equally appalling and wrong for showcasing blackface and domestic violence? Or as some of these uploaders seem to think, it is only a dress-up outfit and a bit of harmless fun?
In related news to the ongoing Twitter controversy this week, NBA all-star Charles Barkley made some direct yet contentious comments about the black community holding a “deep, dark secret.” Barkley argues that unsuccessful blacks are holding back more prosperous minorities by putting them down and saying they act “too white” or simply not black enough. Although some have taken to social media to disagree with the former basketball player’s statement, he has already received positive feedback as well.