Halloween used to be so much fun, but somewhere along the line, the social justice warriors deemed it offensive to their sensibilities, primarily due to “cultural appropriation.”
Things kicked into high gear a few years ago with Ohio University’s “We’re a culture, not a costume” campaign, but no longer content with mere protesting, the lefty loons moved on to getting the state involved, recently scoring a precedent-setting victory.
A formal complaint was filed with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal against a Toronto costume shop that sold allegedly “offensive” and “racist” native-themed costumes, such as Pocahottie, Reservation Royalty, Naughty Navajo and Huron Honey.
The lawyer for the plaintiffs says her clients felt the store created a “poisonous environment” by displaying and selling those sexist and racist costumes.
Initially the store defended its inventory choices as “commercial freedom of expression,” but calling in the bureaucratic muscle seemed to do the trick, and suddenly they were ready to talk settlement.
Today it was native-inspired costumes. Tomorrow it might be that leprechaun stuff, and before long, the shelves might look quite bare at your friendly neighbourhood costume shop.