This halloween please say no to these costumes please just say no they are fucking insulting and Dia de los Muertos is NOT HALLOWEEN I REPEAT NOT HALLOWEEN THIS IS NOT A COSTUME PLEASE STOP TREATING IT LIKE ONE
TO ALL THE PEOPLE GETTING FUCKED OFF AT MY POST. THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I MADE IT. FOR YOUR PINCHE GUERO PENDEJX ASSES. “WE DO IT OUT OF RESPECT,” MY ASS.
this is capitalism ripping through my memories i hold so sacred. Memories of walking through the streets of Chapala after school with my grandmother, and the smell of plants for the preparation of the big event. Memories of memories of memories
This is capitalism and white supremacy destroying, erasing and making new… something that has connected me with my elderes and ancestors,
This is whiteness telling me my body, our gente is unwanted, dehumanized and conditioned to death but at the same time extracting a part of my identity and wearing it as a mask.
This is a mask made of our dead and torn bodies… this is literally a mask made out of ripped bloody flesh. The flesh of migrants who die every year trying to cross.. the flesh of people who become criminalized and confined behind bars. The bloody flesh of torn bodies from years of exploitation in sweat shops, fruit and vegetable fields, dish washers.. domestic workers…
this is our flesh ripped out cleaned, pampered and styled to fit a white face.
As a Mexican-American (1st generation), all I have to say to the above social justice bullshit is “no no no no no no no, wrong, no, wrong wrong wrong.”
The holiday does have importance in Mexican heritage. That much is true, but taking offense at Day of the Dead Halloween costumes? Please.
Those with a distinctive talent for writing sometimes create short poems, called epitaphs, of friends, describing interesting habits and attitudes or funny anecdotes. This custom originated in the 18th or 19th century, after a newspaper published a poem narrating a dream of a cemetery in the future, “and all of us were dead”, proceeding to read the tombstones. Newspapers dedicate calaveras to public figures, with cartoons of skeletons in the style of the famous calaveras of Guadalupe Posada, a Mexican illustrator.
José Guadalupe Posada created a famous print of a figure he called La Calavera Catrina as a parody of a Mexican upper-class female. Posada’s striking image of a costumed female with a skeleton face has become associated with the Day of the Dead, and Catrina figures often are a prominent part of modern Day of the Dead observances.
This skeleton mask you deride white people for appropriating was originally a parody. The parody was co-opted by those celebrating the holiday, not the other way around. Most importantly, ITS PART OF ALL SAINTS DAYS, aka the original meaning behind Halloween.
Day of the Dead is a celebration of the life of the deceased. It is celebrated differently in each house, and in each region of Mexico. While it is solemn to many, it is not completely somber. You remember your loved ones that have passed, and you offer gifts to them and other souls.
The only thing I take offense to is that some of the costumes are labeled as “sexy”. Why can’t it just be a fucking costume? Nobody is making fun of Mexicans by dressing up in a costume inspired by Dia de los Muertos. It is a costume that is perfectly appropriate for the holiday, unlike dressing up like a “wetback”, or “undocumented immigrant”. Take offense to those ACTUAL caricatures of Mexicans.
"Our flesh ripped out and pampered to fit a white face"? It was originally put on a white face.
“The bloody flesh of torn bodies from years of exploitation in sweat shops, fruit and vegetable fields, dish washers.. domestic workers… ” Dia de los Muertos originates in fucking Aztec times, not the 1700s. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS IN AMERICA. NOTHING AT ALL.
How about you read about the fucking holiday before deciding to take offense at something connected to it.