"Illegal Alien" Haloween costume is offensive

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"Illegal Alien" Haloween costume is offensive



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I originally received this through No One Is Illegal.


[url=http://www.ufwaction.org/campaign/halloween2009/i538dw227em56nj?]"Illegal Alien" Halloween costume is offensive[/url]


An offensive "illegal alien" costume is being sold at Walgreens and Amazon.com as well as other stores. (*Update: 10/17/09 - It appears that Target and Toys R Us have pulled the costume from their websites sometime last night.)

According to these websites, you can now dress up as an "illegal alien" for Halloween. These stores are selling the costume made up of an orange jumpsuit with the words "illegal alien" written across the chest. The costume even comes with a mask of a space invader with big eyes, and a green card.

The extra terrestrial creature perpetuates racism and discrimination in an already hostile environment and during a period of time when the debate on immigration reform is increasingly hateful and divisive.

Please send an e-mail today to Walgreens and Amazon.com and let these corporations know that this is not funny. They used poor judgement in selling this offensive product and should pull it immediately.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

What I will tell my children that we don't get to do is mock the experiences of millions of members of our communities by perpetuating the lies and stereotypes as reflected in the illegal alien costume. While some have observed that the extraterrestrial mask dehumanizes undocumented immigrants, perhaps even more dehumanizing is the creation of a generic costume that suggests that all undocumented immigrants are not only criminals but that they are all the same, indistinguishable. The "funny" part is the combination of an obviously fake green card that cannot disguise the alien status, which is evident in the mask, get it? The "alien" is simultaneously trying to slip one by but not smart enough to outwit the state, and is therefore imprisoned. End of story.

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Disgusting.  Thanks for posting the alert, Left Turn.


Wouldn't it be more offensive to dress up as a stereotype of a real illegal alien, using a big sombrero?