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    Default Everything’s Offensive: Is Generation Outrage Ruining Halloween?

    Everything’s Offensive: Is Generation Outrage Ruining Halloween?



    If you’ve been paying attention to societal trends these last couple years, you’re surely noticed by now that we’re living in a world where everything is offensive, in the eyes of the outrage-obsessed public. Not a day passes by where ‘Generation Outrage’ doesn’t place a new target on the chest of someone – or something – they deem offensive, and it’s getting so out of hand that all logical thinking is being tossed out the window.

    Whether it’s a comedian making a joke that upsets a certain group of people or a female movie character being depicted in a way that doesn’t meet our strict (and oftentimes impossible) standards, we simply can’t get enough of publicly (and cruelly) calling people out for perceived wrongs – excitedly taking to our Facebook and Twitter accounts in an effort to make ourselves look superior to those whose actions we’re unhappy with.

    In so many words, we’re obsessed with being outraged.

    As the world becomes more and more politically correct, a necessity brought on by how eager we all are to bust out the pitchforks and lob damaging social media grenades, so too does the world become less and less fun. It’s becoming hard to do or say anything without drawing the ire of people who want to demonize and destroy you, and if you think Halloween isn’t suffering, you’re unfortunately dead wrong.

    Halloween, which used to be the one day of the year where you were almost begged to NOT be politically correct, has suffered huge blows in recent years, whether you’ve noticed or not. Each and every October, for example, news outlets cover stories about harmless yard displays spawning community outrage, with parents claiming their children can’t handle the sight of plastic skeletons and faux corpses.

    This year’s most noteworthy example – for now, at least – hails from a small town in Ohio, where a couple’s lawn decorations so infuriated a local mother that she wrote the town and demanded they take action. Whether or not the display was too over the top is up for debate, but the fact remains that the couple is merely the latest in a long line of Halloween-lovers who have been forced to curb that passion.

    The Ohio couple, who have a small child of their own, was eventually left with no choice but to take down the creatively gruesome display. They say that the media attention led to strangers showing up on their front lawn at all hours of the night, making them feel unsafe in their own home. An upsetting new trend in the world of Halloween, especially considering how much of a dying art lawn decoration has already become.

    Another troubling story came out of Connecticut this week, where one school district essentially banned Halloween in the entire town of Milford. The town, which previously held an annual Halloween parade, feared that children whose religious/cultural beliefs prevent them from celebrating the holiday would feel excluded by the festivities, leading them to cancel the parade this year. Costumes have also been outlawed.

    In other words, if EVERYONE doesn’t celebrate Halloween, then no one can. It’s the same sort of logic that has recently been applied to Christmas – sorry, “the holiday season” – and though I’d love to say situations like the aforementioned one are isolated and rare, the truth is they’ve become downright commonplace in recent years. We’re so worried about offending people, it seems, that we no longer know how to even function as a society.

    “These are our American customs and traditions and we should not have to give them up because others find them offensive!” Milford mother Rebecca Lilley wrote on a petition to save Halloween in the town of Milford, Connecticut. “I’m so tired (of) my kids missing out on some of the things we all got to do as children and are some of the greatest childhood memories I have due to others saying they find it offensive.”

    Amen to that.

    Trick or treating is another dying Halloween tradition, likely having a lot to do with the increased awareness of the world’s evils – and the lack of trust in strangers that has been fed into our brains on a daily, nonstop basis. Most parents simply don’t allow their kids out of the house on Halloween night, as was once upon a time the norm, and now homeowners are being encouraged to cut candy off the menu.

    Last year saw the launch of the Teal Pumpkin Project, wherein homeowners are asked to place a teal-colored pumpkin on their front stoop – signifying that they’re handing out toys and other trinkets to trick or treaters, rather than candy bars. Special diets and food allergies are the reason why, and though it’s a nice gesture for kids who have to be careful, it’s ultimately another shift away from Halloween being what it once was.

    And then there’s the costumes, which tend to inspire as much outrage as the decorations. This year’s controversial Caitlyn Jenner costume has been a particular target, with many feeling that it’s deeply offensive to the transgender community. Of course, it’s just a silly costume at the end of the day, poking fun at a very public figure, but we’re living in a world where blowing things wildly out of proportion is, well, just what we do.

    As the world changes, does Halloween – as we once knew it – fit in? And in a world so consumed with being politically correct, and all-inclusive to a fault, how much longer can the inherently taboo holiday even last? We’ve already reached a point where wearing costumes, decorating homes, handing out candy bars, and even just plain celebrating the holiday have been cracked down on, begging the scariest question of all…

    Is Halloween not long for this world?

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    Yeah 47, did you see the article on the house in Parma?

    http://fox8.com/2015/10/11/parma-fam...ir-own-safety/

    Its funny how when as a kid, the greatest opponent of Halloween were born again Christians. Going to be done in by political correctness.

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    Only in the minds of liberals---I couldn't give a damn what they think !!!
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    I’m all for scary displays but did you guys watch the video? An inverted crucifixion, a child impaled on a pike? That’s a bit extreme, no?

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    They could eliminate trick or treating (cuz it's fucking annoying now that I gotta get up and answer the door )

    But everything else? Get the fuck over it. No one is forcing you to celebrate. I'm sure it's not going anywhere though, lots of money to be made off it in costumes, candy,decorations and all the other shit they sell. Money trumps political correctness.


    Halloween is awesome.

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    I guess I should have read the rest of the article. When I saw small town, figured it somewhere else. Freaking Parma is not a "town" let alone small. Its the 7th largest city in Ohio.

    Good reporting I guess.

    I do agree that putting graphic display on ones yard may be a bit over the top though. While I hate censorship, people have kids and got to explain to their kids what they are seeing. Probably not good to have impalement and such. That said, it is a scary holiday.

    Costumes back in the day seem to be a bit scarier. Lke Clowns on steroids

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    I hate political correctness as much as the next guy, but that Halloween display is WAY over the top. When I was growing up, it always seemed Halloween was aimed towards kids. Now (over the last 20 years of so) it seems the over-the-top gruesomeness has become a big area of interest with adults to the point it ends up everywhere. For example, I have a two year old girl and we went to Party City to take a look at costumes. On the way there in the store, we had to pass decapitated heads, gruesome masks, etc. She's two, so it freaked her out a little bit. Is it permanently harmful to her? I seriously doubt it, but I still wasn't pleased that I had hold on to a frightened child while we were supposed to be having fun looking at bumble bee and monkey outfits.

    If these people want to display something like that in their own home, go for it. But have a little common sense, will ya? If it's not appropriate for kids to see on TV, don't display in your yard where kids will see it trick or treating. You would put up some pornographic display in your front yard, so why would this be ok? It's great their kid is comfortably desensitized to violence at a young age--clearly a sign of good parenting --but for the rest of us, please refrain.

    As for people being outraged over the Caitlyn Jenner dress, just tell them that for the day you are identifying as a female and that they should be praising your courage and celebrating your achievement. That should end that discussion.
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    Oh man, i loved that Halloween display (saw the story on the Yahoo news thing last week).

    But then again, i consist on a steady diet of Horror movies, where films like "Martyrs" are my "Star Wars."
    I'm a bit desensitized.

    But i cannot stand this "outrage" generation.

    Every conversation is like avoiding land mines, with these people.
    So much pretense & phony "holier than thou" bullshit.

    Lighten up, America.

    FB is one of those things that really turned me off to people.
    It's like they are stepping over each other just to be more politically correct
    than the next person.

    There are things that you need to save the outrage for.
    Some of the sickest, most vile things are happening to people, and those things truly
    upset & confuse me.

    A Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume is not one of those things.

    I think we need to be a bit thicker skinned and less precious about everyone's feelings.
    Some people are dicks, some we disagree with.

    Move on, instead of trying to get them fired or shamed on social media.

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    This doesn't even mention the cultural appropriation police. Nor does it mention how tarted up all the costumes are for little girls. I mean, do we really need "sexy cop" for an 8 yr old? It's just disturbing.

    The lawn decorations above were handled exactly like they should have been. They weren't up to the standards of the community, and the people were privately coerced into removing the decorations.

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    i just think the whole halloween thing is like so many others, so many people are narcissists these days and don't care about anyone else. So the idea that their "display" will scare the shit out of little kids walking by doesn't even enter their heads and if it does enter then they don't care.

    And I'm with LM on the sexy cop costume thing. These are f-ing children and the girls costume choices basically has them dressed up like little tramps. The more scary thing is that apparently these costumes sell.

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    I'm outraged over the politically correct responses to this thread!

    Nobody looks at tykes in "sexy" costumes as sexual beings.
    It's dress-up, it's Halloween.

    Parents can tell their children the graphic lawn display is not real.
    It's Halloween.

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    Quote Originally Posted by japeape View Post
    I'm outraged over the politically correct responses to this thread!

    Nobody looks at tykes in "sexy" costumes as sexual beings.
    It's dress-up, it's Halloween.

    Parents can tell their children the graphic lawn display is not real.
    It's Halloween.
    Okay, so here is Party City's female cop uniform for toddlers


    (http://www.partycity.com/product/tod...p=pla%7cGoogle)

    And here is their male cop uniform for toddlers


    (http://www.partycity.com/product/tod...ass_redirect=1)

    Why does the female toddler model resemble this, yet the boy's version just looks like a regular old cop?


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    Because little girls like to wear dresses & look like girls, where (most) little boys like to
    wear pants and look like big boys.

    It's unlikely that marketing the boy cop outfit to a little girl, would be successful.

    The only people sexualizing this are adults, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    Okay, so here is Party City's female cop uniform for toddlers


    (http://www.partycity.com/product/tod...p=pla%7cGoogle)

    And here is their male cop uniform for toddlers


    (http://www.partycity.com/product/tod...ass_redirect=1)

    Why does the female toddler model resemble this, yet the boy's version just looks like a regular old cop?

    If it sells, Party City will keep selling it.

    The real problem is the PARENTS who buy them and are apparently ok with their child looking like a stripper. what.the.fuck


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenpaw View Post
    If it sells, Party City will keep selling it.

    The real problem is the PARENTS who buy them and are apparently ok with their child looking like a stripper. what.the.fuck
    Plus, with the female version, it's one size fits all.
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