The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry. The organization was historically a leading voice against anti-semitism in America. Not today.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published a ridiculous Halloween costume guide that urges parents to avoid costumes “that perpetuate gender norms.”
The guide also railed against the typical “offensive” costumes that use “cultural appropriation” or “cultural stereotypes.”
“Halloween is a week away and you and your family might be brainstorming costume ideas,” the ADL tweeted on Sunday. “Check out our resource for reminders about how and why to avoid cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that perpetuate gender norms.”
Halloween is a week away and you and your family might be brainstorming costume ideas. Check out our resource for reminders about how and why to avoid cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that perpetuate gender norms. https://t.co/BWW8FFTpkG
— ADL (@ADL) October 24, 2021
The guide directed parents not to allow their children to dress up as Native Americans, for example.
“Many children and families don’t realize that their costume choices are potentially hurtful or offensive. For example, a child who may be interested in Native American stories and history wants to dress up as a Native American person. Consider it an opportunity to talk with them about how Native American dress is not a costume. Instead, it is an essential part of identity, unique to each different tribe with their own customs and ways of dress,” the guide stated.
The guide went on to whine about how girl costumes tend to be “pretty” and boy costumes tend to feature things like superheroes.
“Many Halloween costumes perpetuate gender stereotypes and exclude those who don’t conform to traditional gender norms, especially those who are transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming. Be mindful that you may have students who feel excluded and marginalized by the overly gendered way Halloween costumes are marketed,” the ADL wrote.