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Is Your Halloween Costume Offensive?

October 31st is here once again; Halloween, a day filled with trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, and watching scary movies. However, perhaps one the most popular parts of the day is the challenge of getting dressed up. With popular choices such as Cleopatra, The Hawaiian Girl or Native American costuming, dressing up as figures from varying cultures seems to be a common trend. But what is the impact of this? Is it just harmless fun? Or can such cultural appropriation reveal broader issues about cultural sensitivity and stereotyping? Dr. Ari Mattes, Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Notre Dame, joined Drive.

Produced by Sakina Javed

 

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