The Center for Cultural Enrichment (CCE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is warning students that if your Halloween costume is funny, it’s more than likely that you’re exploiting oppressed people.
That message, along with other suggestions about avoiding “cultural appropriation,” was posted on fliers around campus in the previous few days. It was first reported by iOTW Report.
Sheets of paper were put up in different buildings at the college titled, “Does my Halloween Costume Promote Cultural Appropriation?” It asks questions about your Halloween costume, then answers how that could be oppressing people:
“Is your costume racially, ethnically, or culturally based?” the sheet asks. “If it is, then it’s probably racist and may promote appropriation,” it answers (emphasis theirs).
The CCE also claims that you are likely exploiting the oppressed if you wear a funny Halloween costume because, “A harsh majority of humorous or erotic costumes are of marginalized and oppressed groups of people.”
Halloween, the flier concludes, is not a “day of exception” where you get to dress up like someone you’re not.
The University of Wisconsin is also planning an event to warn students about cultural appropriation on October 26: