University Of Florida To Offer Counseling For Students Offended by Halloween Costumes
October 24 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
If you've been scared by a Halloween costume of a man in a comical oversized sombrero, and are having trouble getting to your safe space, the University of Florida has you covered. Counselors are available right now to get you through the ordeal. CBS News:
“Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people,” the school administration wrote in a blog post. “If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available.”
Meanwhile, it is now also off limits to dress as a Scotsman in a kilt on Halloween at Florida State. Also illegal: Matadors, Native Americans, ninjas, cowboys, and Disney's Aladdin. Yep.
Campus officials have instituted a "Cultures Aren't Costumes" directive at the university, which means that your clever Swedish nurse attire should be hidden in a crawlspace of your attic.
NOTE: Dressing your dog as Yoda still acceptable at this time.