||[Sep. 3rd, 2012|03:47 pm]
The Question Club
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So, some said dressing up as a Native American/Indian is considered offensive.
What about costuming as a black person when you are white? Or as Chinese? Or any other ethnic group?
Does it make a difference if you try to impersonate someone special, like a movie character or Martin Luther King or Obama? Are black people or Asian Americans allowed to dress up as a certain person - say, Superman or Doctor Who or whatnot - that isn't from their own ethnic group?
Does it make a difference when you use historical costumes? Like you dress up as a 18th century Quaker? Even when your ethnicity doesn't fit that?
[ETA: What about crossdressing a man as a woman or woman as a man, e.g. dragueens etc.? Very popular on carnival over here)]
What do you think about Nazi uniforms as costumes? Funny or tasteless?
In general: Can you say why or when you consider a costume tasteless, offending, or safe to wear? I'm not exactly looking for the Yes, no, no, yes types of answers but a discussion here.
Bonus question: Where are you from? Because I think the culture makes a difference in this context.