There’s been quite a bit of talk these past few days regarding a halloween costume called “Illegal Alien Adult Costume”, manufactured by Forum novelties. Frankly, I don’t see what all the fuss is about:
Apparently the immigration activists are up in arms about this costume, strutting around in feigned exasperation and anger, because they perceive this costume as an attempt to mock illegal immigrants. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but this costume appears to be of an extraterrestrial in an orange jumpsuit. On the jumpsuit of this extraterrestrial are the stenciled words “Illegal Alien”.
Get it? Extraterrestrial. Alien. Hence, “Illegal Alien”.
How is this a swipe at terrestrial illegal aliens?
I think that the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, the people most “offended” by this costume, lack a sense of humor. Honestly, if they want to play this game, let’s be fair across the board and demand that stores stop selling other tasteless, inflammatory, and offensive costumes such as:
Where is the “anger” and “frustration” from any activist group regarding these costumes? Each and every one of them takes a condescending, disparaging dig at stereotypes, belittling a wide swath of the American populace, yet I don’t hear word one from any so-call activist group demanding that these costumes be removed from any and all stores immediately, and that a public formal apology be offered to anybody who might have been offended by these vulgar, objectionable costumes.
Come on, guys. It’s either all or nothing. Where do the activists stand on this? Do they at all? Or is this a case of them cherry picking a “so called” controversy to drum up support for their pet cause? What if this alien costume was trying to bring to light the issue of German, Swedish, or Samoan illegal immigration? Why does the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles automatically assume that this costume is poking fun at Mexican illegal aliens? I wonder…