Over in Winnipeg, townspeople were offended at the prospect of a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume. The imagery on the costume bag, simulating her triumphant Vanity Fair cover, draws you in, and inside the wearer can find a corset, wig and pair of shorts (for smoothing, perhaps).
The outrage stems from the possibility that this could be worn in an offensive manner. But we spoke to Spirit Halloween in Winnipeg, the store that sells the costume, and the ensemble is more than meets the eye.
Jackie, an employee at the 1596 Ness Avenue location in Winnipeg, tells us that “men and women can wear it, and it does come in different sizes.” That means women can really hone in on the Caitlyn aesthetic, and it won’t just be a coven of stubbly men trying to cash in on a cultural moment. Or worse, making a bad joke in a look-at-me-I’m-a-woman-who-was-a-man-lol kind of fashion.
“This is just an excuse for some beer-swilling dude to put on a dress and go: ‘Hey, I’m a tranny, look at me,” trans activist Shandi Strong tells CTV News Winnipeg. “A transwoman is not a man in a dress – furthest thing from it. We are someone struggling with our inner femininity to try and be who we are.”
Turns out, Strong is partly right about the intentions of the wearer. Jackie tells us that plenty of people are actually trying the costume on in the store, but are “pretty much doing it for a goof.”
What do you think?