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      I’ve always felt that nothing is off-limits for Halloween costumes. Dressing up like a serial killer, or a Nazi, or having a blood stained crotch and carrying coat hangers, or a priest and altar boy, or suicide bomber, or klansmen, or Christopher Reeves in a wheelchair, or tracked-up crackhead, or Jacqueline Kennedy sprayed with blood, or shaving your head and wheeling around an IV pole like you have cancer, or any other offensive costume is on the table. Halloween is allowed to shock and upset you, not just an excuse for women to dress as whores. I usually put a lot of mental effort checking my privilege, so I don’t want to act flippant here. But I still can’t think of a single costume that’s so offensive it mustn’t be worn. You can scream when you see it, you can cry, you can vomit … but that person is not an asshole for being so bold. As I try to think on this from different angles, I also wonder whether it was just the “fun” of blackface that made whites do it, or simply that people of other colors were barred from being employed to fill those roles. There was more at play there, so I don’t want to say changing your racial appearance is banned forever. Sad that whitewashing still happens to this day, and we should call it out when we see it. But are we all limited to playing characters of our own race, gender, orientation, etc? Or can a fat black woman rock Dr. Frankenfurter serving human meat at a dinner party attended by sexually assaulted hostages?