September wasn't over before the first salvo was fired in the War on Halloween: 2016 Edition. Home Depot pulled a Halloween prop called the "Scary Peeper Creeper" after a woman saw the decoration at a Markham, Ontario store and lodged a complaint.
Apparently, Breanne Hunt-Wells thinks the Scary Peeper Creeper makes light of predatory behaviour against women.
It looks like a goofy Halloween prop to me but in an interview with CBC Radio, Hunt-Wells says there’s nothing funny about the Scary Peeper Creeper, saying:
“I fail to see the humour in it. It makes light of a very serious crime. Voyeurism is a crime in Canada.”
Hunt-Wells is a co-parent (a.k.a teacher) and says she researched voyeurism, noting that it often escalates into sexual assaults, including rape.
Who’d have thunk it? A $29 Halloween prop is somehow linked to rape culture?
Home Depot caved with one complaint from a Nervous Nellie sending the decoration into the graveyard of discontinued merchandise.
Too bad. I wanted to buy a couple of those to upset the sensibilities of scaredy-cat social justice warriors!
But I wonder, has Home Depot thought this through? Just think of all the groups that can now claim offence over various Halloween decorations.
Condemning Halloween for costumes that are linked to cultural appropriation is now passé! It’s time to wage war on props that are somehow seen as being offensive for ... whatever.