Not too long ago, an ad campaign started by the students at Ohio University (not Ohio State, as we’d previously heard) started making its way around the web, a campaign with a very specific goal: to put a stop– or, at the very least, to get people to reconsider– racist Halloween costumes. The campaign (which has become known as the “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign) has an honorable goal and makes a very serious point…which is precisely why it took the internet all of about ten minutes before it started churning out parodies. Wanna see some of ’em? Keep on reading, my gentle Examiner readers…
Last year around this time, we ran an article titled “Is This Costume Racist?”, which featured a dude wearing a giant alien costume accesorized with a sombrero, six-shooters, and a big-ass mustache. Across his chest was the slogan “Illegal Alien”, and there was a good deal of controversy surrounding the costume and the company that had released it (if we were serious journalists, we might have paid attention to this story after the controversy struck, but we’re not, so we didn’t).
Regardless of how funny you found the costume to be, we here at Comedy Examiner HQ think that most people– most people– would agree that the costume was, in fact, a tad racist. Maybe even wildly racist. We’re not sure. Again: we’re totally in over our head with the serious stuff.
This year– perhaps in an attempt to keep costumes like the “Illegal Alien” costume from being worn by dumbass rednecks– the students at Ohio University created an awareness campaign to combat racist Halloween attire. The premiere image from this campaign featured a young, African-American woman holding up a photo of another college student, one clearly in the midst of a Halloween party. This student was– believe it or not– in complete blackface. Across the top of this ad were the words “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume”, and across the side of the image was the phrase: “This is Not Who I Am And This is Not Okay”.
So, y’know, suck on that, racist costume-wearers.
Obviously, the students at Ohio University are sick and tired of racist Halloween costumes, and– quite frankly– we sympathize. Not only are racist Halloween costumes, y’know, racist, but they’re also wildly unoriginal, unfunny, and lame. That said, we do think that the batch of “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” parodies that sprung up over the past week or so are pretty funny. Yes, they’re mocking an ad campaign that has a strong, positive message…but, hey, funny is funny. And some of the parodies we’ve got embedded over there on the left? They’re pretty funny.
Click the “Slideshow” box to see the “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” parodies for yourselves, and see what you think. We’re fairly certain that half of you will find these amusing, a quarter of you will find them ethically questionable, and the remaining quarter will find them awkwardly erotic (this is the internet; some people are weird like that). Regardless of how you feel, though, you should totally check ’em out. You don’t wanna be caught unawares adn uninformed the next time someone name-checks this meme in conversation do you?
Oh, and if you’re curious to know more about the history behind these parodies (and the ad campaign they’re lampooning), there’s a pretty good article over at BoingBoing that’ll lay it all out for ya. Many thanks to all the gentle Comedy Examiner readers out there who sent these in: you can now stop, as we’ve had our fun and will now forget this happened immediately.
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