According to a recent opinion piece in the Iowa State Daily, it was stated that
One could argue that people possess their First Amendment right to express themselves and dress up as whatever or whoever they want to for Halloween. But that doesn’t make it right.
There are two problems with this statement. First, it is a person’s constitutional right to “express themselves” under the law. This actually is not an arguable point, nor is it up for debate in regards to this specific topic. Now, there are constrictions on free speech but dressing up as “Kim Davis. Donald Trump. A Mexican. Bill Cosby. [and] Caitlyn Jenner” is not one of them. I am absolutely positive that there has been no case-law decided concerning Halloween costumes, nor has a judge pondered such obtuseness at the local or federal level including the Supreme Court.
Second, a person can indeed dress up as whoever they want and it does not make it wrong. Does it make it tasteless? Yes. I will concede that point. Is it something I would do? No. I stand in solidarity with the Pagans and Wiccans. Does the Iowa State Daily approve of appropriating someone’s faith for entertainment purposes? Perhaps I will come back to this obvious hypocrisy at another time. But back to the second problem, is it wrong to wear somebody else as a costume? That is the question.
But is it wrong to wear somebody else as a costume? According to your argument it is. However, you do not seem to object to a costume of Kim Davis, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, or Caitlyn Jenner.
As you pointed out
those projected to…be among the top Halloween costumes this year? Kim Davis. Donald Trump. A Mexican. Bill Cosby. Caitlyn Jenner. These are costumes that might get a few chuckles as you mingle with friends, but to a Mexican student watching you walk into the party wearing a sombrero and a mustache it is anything but humorous.
What is wrong with this picture? Is it perhaps that during the editorial board’s crusade to point out the tastelessness of another, in the guise of Social Justice, they failed to see their own duplicity? Are Kim Davis, Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, and Caitlyn Jenner not allowed the same courtesy as the rest of us mere peasants? Perhaps this rebuttal is best ended with a quote and question by someone of some importance who once said
Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?