Friday, October 30, 2009
America, please! I know we live in a scary world of H1N1 swine flu, al Qaeda, and Sarah Palin, but has the stranglehold of political correctness reached the point where children can’t dress up as vampires and movie characters on Halloween anymore?
According to a piece in the New York Times, in a school districts across America, students are being encouraged to dress up as historical characters or food items but not vampires or zombies. In Texas, a school has issued suggestions for “positive costumes” for the annual Halloween dance. At Riverside Drive, a Los Angeles public school in the San Fernando Valley, the Halloween parade is being defanged right down to its jagged fingertips.
Explained Addys Gonzalez, the office assistant at theWalt Disney Elementary School in Burbank, CA:
“Children are not allowed to bring any weapons or masks to the costume parade, no swords, and they can wear moderate face makeup — nothing extreme.”
One school even went so far as to issue a costume appropriateness memo sent home to parents making the following points:
· They should not depict gangs or horror characters, or be scary
· Masks are allowed only during the parade
· Costumes may not demean any race, religion, nationality, handicapped condition or gender
· No fake fingernails
· No weapons, even fake ones
· Shoes must be worn
So, just to be clear, this is a politically correct Halloween costume.
However, these are not.