March 18, 2018

Toronto Halloween store caves to “bureaucratic bullying” in costume clampdown

David MenziesMission Specialist


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.

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commented 2018-03-20 01:38:57 -0400
Jay Kelly is back!!!
I wonder how his Gender Reassignment Surgery went?
Is Eunuch a Gender?
commented 2018-03-19 23:26:01 -0400
The thing about women and lefty’s in general – is they always ‘run to the teacher’!! Why don’t they strike back by simply wearing a business suite (and briefcase) and go as a White businessman?
commented 2018-03-19 23:21:34 -0400
It’s discriminatory to NOT offer those costumes, for when Native people walk into the shop and want to find something appropriate to their heritage. My ex is Native. Maybe I’ll ask her to file a complaint with the HRC against the store for NOT offering said outfits!!
commented 2018-03-19 21:45:59 -0400
Cave into SJWs once & you may as well turn your business over to them.
commented 2018-03-19 13:56:39 -0400
Vajay Jay….are you suggesting that things should not be free for the taking? Well then, how ever will you survive with out your free stuff?
Like a true leftist regressive, you can’t see your own hypocrisy. Clown!
commented 2018-03-19 12:03:20 -0400
I have found an article which encapsulates the way I feel about our beloved trolls. Kurt Schlichter has written an excellent article for Townhall entitled “The Joy and Necessity of Driving Liberals Nuts” It is currently on the Infowars site. Say where is Sean Penson at?
commented 2018-03-19 08:58:43 -0400
And they are looking at lowering the age that they can vote.
commented 2018-03-19 08:42:50 -0400
How does anyone fight this? It is not just this ‘govt agency’. The plaintiff gets to remain anonymous, and pays no legal fees. The defendant needs to pony up and cover their own legal fees. I know I would not have the tens of thousands of dollars to fight back. These tribunals should not exist, but they do, so how do we stop this pseudo-judicial harassment? If I ever won big in the lottery, I would set up a probono fund that helps people in these situations. Legislators say they will fix things, but never do. For someone to get cornered like this, it goes to show the level of insanity in our society.
commented 2018-03-19 01:47:07 -0400
DREW WAKARIUK commented 2018-03-18 15:54:04 -0400
Why do joyless people always want to wreck it for everyone else? This is not new as history shows us , SJW’s are just the modern version.

C.S.Lewis nailed it in The Lion , The Witch and The Wardrobe. In Narnia under the White Witch it was always winter but never Christmas. Just like in the Soviet Union.

C.S.Lewis also nailed it when he said, of God through Screwtape,

“He’s a hedonist at heart. All those fasts and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a facade. Or only like foam on the sea shore. Out at sea, out in His sea, there is pleasure, and more pleasure. He makes no secret of it; at His right hand are ‘pleasures for evermore.’

Scripture bears this out:

“In God’s presence is fulness of joy. At His right hand there are pleasures forever.”
Psalm 16:11

The natural outcome of atheism and its close cousin Socialism is misery where ever it shows it’s face. Venezuela is, of course, the current prime example. Ah, socialism. Always just one more execution away from Utopia.
commented 2018-03-18 23:14:06 -0400
Hey Progressives-Why is it not appropriation when a guy wears a dress??
commented 2018-03-18 16:34:51 -0400
I am wondering if they will ever be attacking martial arts schools in the future, i wear Thai armlets called Prajied and shorts and shin pads and gloves from Thailand and a shirt with words in Thai when i practice Muay Thai , and others in the Dojo do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and they are not even Brazilian(GASP) and practice Karate techniques from Japan.
commented 2018-03-18 16:13:07 -0400
commented 2018-03-18 16:03:24 -0400
politically incorrect baby. maybe it is time for common sense to take over again. left wing ding dongs can rejoin anytime as long as they give up on politically correctness on everything and destroying freedom of choice and expression for everybody else. must take a course, not AAA, but NO p.c. you will lovingly be welcomed back.
commented 2018-03-18 15:54:04 -0400
Why do joyless people always want to wreck it for everyone else? This is not new as history shows us , SJW’s are just the modern version.
commented 2018-03-18 15:52:17 -0400
Jay Kelly long time no hear. Welcome back. Look forward to more of your deflection and multiple standards.
commented 2018-03-18 14:39:41 -0400
Well said Maurice.
commented 2018-03-18 14:38:45 -0400
Hi, Jay! Long time, no hear from. Good to have you back, trolls are always fun. I just wanted welcome you…. now that’s done, I can go back to ignoring you.
commented 2018-03-18 14:25:31 -0400
There is a term of phrase on the internet and it is appropriate here. “Liberals ruin everything.”
commented 2018-03-18 14:21:43 -0400
ANDREW MIRLACH commented 2 hours ago
If they close down the Costume Shop, where will our embarrassment in chief shop next time he goes on one of his Cultural Appropriation Vacations?

Exactly, Andrew.
Where is the HRC case against our very own shiny sox PM? He spent a week or more appropriating Indian dress for his own advancement but not a peep out of the regular suspects. Hypocrisy, thy name is Leftist.

I see Jay Kelly is back but has learned nothing about logic and reasoning skills. Pathetic, really.
commented 2018-03-18 13:29:35 -0400
Imagine filing a Human Rights complaint over Halloween costumes…ridiculous!!
commented 2018-03-18 13:28:10 -0400
Jay Kelly, once again you misrepresented a Rebel report, it is you that looks like a fool.
“We sent a reporter to attempt to vote while wearing a full, face-obscuring niqab.
We sent David Menzies, a six-foot tall man. We gave him three instructions:
1. Don’t take off the niqab;
2. Don’t lie or try to trick anyone; and
3. Keep his undercover camera rolling, no matter what.
commented 2018-03-18 13:24:27 -0400
I see Jay Kelly is back with his vitriol hatred.

Ahhhh yes, he is a fine example of the tolerant “diversity is our strength” left. Tolerant so long as you agree with him and a firm believer in diversity so long as you look, act and talk exactly like he does.

Yes, a perfect example of the socialist left.
commented 2018-03-18 13:20:24 -0400
David Menzies, you are wrong about one thing … the “loonie” left does care deeply about freedom of expression and free speech, their freedom of expression, their free speech and for anyone who agrees with them. It’s the rest us that they do not want to have that freedom.
commented 2018-03-18 12:26:11 -0400
I think for people like Menzies you do not really need a special shop. He looks in lady’s closets and takes what he needs.
commented 2018-03-18 12:18:06 -0400
If they close down the Costume Shop, where will our embarrassment in chief shop next time he goes on one of his Cultural Appropriation Vacations?
commented 2018-03-18 11:54:04 -0400
Is this the same David Menzies who went into a polling booth in the last election in a full length gown? He wanted to prove a point about gender, but looked like a pervert. They let him vote.

We are a tolerant society and you can dress as you like, but a man who likes to dress as a woman, as Menzies does, should expect some backlash. He could never be hired by main-stream news outlets.
commented 2018-03-18 11:44:27 -0400
One more reason every one of the unelected hacks at the so-called Human Rights Commission needs to be fired and the kangaroo court disbanded.