television basically rules the world these days, it’s likely your favorite series might end up being your biggest pop cultural touchstone for the holiday. Unfortunately, some deeply problematic costume possibilities are lurking in these obsession-worthy shows. Let's not go there.
To keep you from becoming a viral sensation for the wrong reasons — like offending the entire internet with a TV-inspired costume you thought was totally appropriate — we found all the television characters you shouldn’t even consider touching this Halloween. Keep reading to find out who should stay on the screen and out of your BFF’s Halloween party.
The Sex Workers of The Deuce
Sex workers aren’t fictional television fodder. They’re real, live people
who face actual danger every single day
. “Sex workers are at heightened risk of a whole host of human rights abuses including rape, violence, extortion, and discrimination,” an Amnesty International senior director
explained in 2016
That means they deserve our protection — like education and discrimination, according to the organization — rather than a starring role in your search for Halloween inspiration. Candy Merrell (Maggie Gyllenhaal) might have the best-worst wig on television, but you don’t need to dress up as her to celebrate that fact.
What to be instead:
Grab your best friend and some fake moustaches for a tribute to James Franco’s twin characters on
Or, if you just love terrible blonde wigs, go for
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
in season 1 of
Game Of Thrones
The Late Hannah Baker of 13 Reasons Why
There are so many reasons why this is possibly the worst Halloween costume of all time. While
13 Reasons Why
is beloved, it’s also triggering to many, many people out there, due to
the series’ graphic depictions of both rape
. It’s so serious,
Netflix had to add multiple trigger warnings throughout season 1
. No one around you on Halloween needs to be reminded of such upsetting subject matter.
On top of that fact, it’s cruel, insensitive, and disturbing to dress as a dead teen for the holiday, especially one who took her own life. It doesn’t matter that Hannah is a fictional character. Her death is still rooted in the upsetting reality of teen suicide. There’s no need to ever make a mockery of such a heartbreaking, real world issue.
Your best bet: Avoid any and every Hannah costume, since these problematic truths will be looming over any iteration of her character you might choose. Yes, that means that even Hannah's movie theater uniform is off-limits.
What to be instead:
else, but if you want to stick with characters on emotional, fan-favorite Netflix shows, you can't go wrong with Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and/or Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) from
’s “San Junipero.”
Corinne Olympios & DeMario Jackson of Bachelor in Paradise
Everyone loves a good, timely pop culture Halloween costume, and the Corinne Olympios-DeMario Jackson controversy dominated headlines for much of the summer. Naturally, some people might believe that makes the
Bachelor in Paradise
shut down filming
after a producer claimed there was on-set sexual misconduct between the co-stars, might be ripe for some holiday inspiration. After all, Corinne and DeMario have made up, and
multiple investigations found no evidence of wrongdoing
. Still, those people picking out their Playa Escondida-ready costumes are wrong. This is the definition of Too Soon. It will always be too soon.
suffered an onslaught of slut-shaming
DeMario found himself dragged into an inherently racist narrative
. Both of these human beings are in therapy, and DeMario admitted
he was exhibiting suicidal behavior during the scandal
. Even their loved ones still seem traumatized by the fallout. Do not dredge all of this up on Halloween, or make light of the possibility of sexual assault all in the name of a selfie.
What to be instead:
Scallop Fingers and Not-A-Serial-Killer Jack Stone, obvs.