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'Mexican Man' costume offends Latino shoppers, community groups
Oakland Tribune ^ | 10/28/2009 | Sean Maher

Posted on 10/29/2009 9:44:55 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

'Mexican Man' costume offends Latino shoppers, community groups

By Sean Maher

EMERYVILLE — A costume dubbed "Mexican Man" has offended Latino shoppers and community groups after being discovered at a Halloween chain store.

The photo on the costume packaging shows a man with a thick mustache wearing a poncho and a sombrero. Oakland resident Monica Plazola said she discovered the costume last week at the Spirit Halloween store in Emeryville, which she was visiting with her two children, ages 7 and 9.

"We were there at the store, with all kinds of costumes, and that was the only one identified racially," she said. "I was really surprised that kind of costume existed in this day and age. I was kind of stumped on it."

Her husband, Carlos, said he could not remember the last time he'd seen something so blatantly stereotypical.

"It's incredibly offensive," he said. "I can't imagine them reducing any other culture to a costume like that and calling it by that ethnic name. Reducing a culture to such a stereotype is harmful and insulting. I can't imagine a Chinese man or black man being put out there and it being OK."

Mara Chavez, deputy director at Centro Legal De La Raza in Oakland, said her organization discovered the costume when the Plazolas sent them the photos. The group is asking Spirit Halloween to pull the costumes from the shelves.

"These costumes need to be taken out and not sold," she said. "As Latinos, we are a big percentage of consumers here in the state of California, so it is to their best interest to not depict such insulting costumes. It affects them in terms of their profits as well."

The manager of Spirit Halloween in Emeryville confirmed the availability of the costume but declined to comment...

(Excerpt) Read more at insidebayarea.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: agitprop; amnesty; callawaaambulance; cheeseandwhine; dairyproducts; diversity; halloween; hatespeech; importingwhiners; mexican; mexicanman; mexico; multicult; outrage; pc; rageboy; squattersupportsquad
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Tacky...not my first choice for a costume.
1 posted on 10/29/2009 9:44:56 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

Oh, poor baby....


2 posted on 10/29/2009 9:45:55 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Democrats are RACISTS and are afraid of losing their PLANTATION workers)
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Lots of Mexican themed costumes at the Spirit website:

http://halloween-costumes.spirithalloween.com/search?p=Q&lbc=spirithalloween&uid=344982533&ts=custom-v2&w=mexican%20costume&af=&method=and&view=grid&isort=score&cnt=500


3 posted on 10/29/2009 9:46:03 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: goodnesswins

Maybe it was the, “Frito Bandito.”


4 posted on 10/29/2009 9:46:38 AM PDT by takbodan (.)
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To: DogByte6RER

5 posted on 10/29/2009 9:47:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DogByte6RER

“I can’t imagine them reducing any other culture to a costume like that and calling it by that ethnic name”

http://halloween-costumes.spirithalloween.com/search?view=grid&w=gypsy


6 posted on 10/29/2009 9:47:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: DogByte6RER

Social and cultural tails continue wagging the dog.


7 posted on 10/29/2009 9:47:13 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: DogByte6RER

Viva con Dios, amigos. We don't need no stinking green card.

8 posted on 10/29/2009 9:47:33 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The People have abdicated our duties; ... and anxiously hope for just two things: bread and circuses)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
It IS pretty tacky...


9 posted on 10/29/2009 9:48:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: DogByte6RER

I just don’t care who gets offended. When I was a kid my dad was a member of the Sons of Italy. They protested that Liggett and Meyers cigarettes sponsored Elliot Ness. Dad said if they didn’t like that they should do something about Italian involvement in organized crime. I am sick and tired of outrage from anyone, including my own. Lets just grow up.


10 posted on 10/29/2009 9:48:30 AM PDT by AZFolks
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To: DogByte6RER
"We were there at the store, with all kinds of costumes, and that was the only one identified racially,"

When did Mexican become a race?

11 posted on 10/29/2009 9:49:06 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Soon everyone will win a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush...well, except for George Bush.)
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To: goodnesswins
I'm gonna go as a Senator this year:


12 posted on 10/29/2009 9:49:18 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: DogByte6RER
Evey Holloween I answer my door dressed as a White Guy. Seems nearly everyone is offended by that too!
13 posted on 10/29/2009 9:49:40 AM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I think it’s time to stop discriminating against ghosts and pumpkins, myself.


14 posted on 10/29/2009 9:49:50 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: DogByte6RER

I find Clinton and Obama masks offensive. Does the media want to give me air time?


15 posted on 10/29/2009 9:50:38 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: AZFolks
I'm outraged. She won't attend my Halloween party.


16 posted on 10/29/2009 9:51:10 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: a fool in paradise

Cheech Marin from “Nice Dreams”, or a look-alike.


17 posted on 10/29/2009 9:51:14 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: a fool in paradise

HA...reminds me of my days in LATIN Club in High School....TOGA Night!


18 posted on 10/29/2009 9:51:39 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Democrats are RACISTS and are afraid of losing their PLANTATION workers)
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To: DogByte6RER
"We were there at the store, with all kinds of costumes, and that was the only one identified racially," she said.

"Mexican" is a nationality, not a race, you colossal dipwad.

19 posted on 10/29/2009 9:52:29 AM PDT by Sloth (For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of the International Olympic Committee.)
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To: Cicero
You'd think that the French people are only good serving master as a maid...


20 posted on 10/29/2009 9:52:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: DogByte6RER

I suppose that for Halloween outings, all disguises have to be of something evil? How about the kings, queens, and princesses? How about comic book and movie super heroes? If a black kid in a black neighborhood goes out trick-or-treating dressed as a white man, aren’t we supposed to rave and ooh and ahh about how cute that is?

Shoot, not only should the costume store keep on these guys, they should have specials on Frito corn chips to carry around with them. We have found something that we allegedly hate worse than we do the devil on Halloween, and it’s disgusting.


21 posted on 10/29/2009 9:53:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Cheech is Hispanic. It’s offensive.


22 posted on 10/29/2009 9:53:11 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: DogByte6RER

This is really dumb.


23 posted on 10/29/2009 9:53:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Yes, I'm the one who defends venomous snakes. Somebody has to.)
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To: DogByte6RER
They offend me with the high DB cackling in a foreign language and the third world honky tonk look to their neighborhoods. Simple go home and not be offended or get used to it, enough of this crap!
24 posted on 10/29/2009 9:53:56 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: DogByte6RER

Why is it when I’m offended nobody gives a damn? Why is it that only certain government-designated victim groups get to be offended and to make money off it?


25 posted on 10/29/2009 9:55:04 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: HiTech RedNeck

"I'm outraged!"

26 posted on 10/29/2009 9:55:19 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: DogByte6RER

What is so bad about a sombrero or mustache?

I’d rather see someone go all out and dress like a person in a mariachi band, or a pancho villa outfit.

I don’t see it as negative. Plus it gives people a chance to practice overdone accents. Beats seeing people in satanic outfits.

Can do this for all sorts of cultures other than mexican too. German lederhosen + accent, etc..


27 posted on 10/29/2009 9:57:06 AM PDT by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: DogByte6RER

I guess I won’t wear my Aunt Jemima costume this year.


28 posted on 10/29/2009 9:57:15 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Worse than we could have imagined.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Does it come with any props? Six pack? Food stamps? Rubber chickens?


29 posted on 10/29/2009 9:57:49 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m going to be an evil white heteropressor this year.


30 posted on 10/29/2009 9:59:55 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Thanks. That image was stuck in the back of my mind somewhere. :) “For wearing high heel sneakers, and acting like a qu@@r.” Something like that :)


31 posted on 10/29/2009 10:00:25 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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To: DogByte6RER

Oh CRAP, every doggone “minority” looks for anything to be offended, by something. If they’re so darn offended, they can always go back across the border and be offended by the government they escaped, when they came here!!!!!


32 posted on 10/29/2009 10:02:58 AM PDT by tillacum (nobma & skerry defending this country is like a jello cube holding up the Empire State Building)
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To: MotorCityBuck

I recall the character’s name was “Alice Bowie.”


33 posted on 10/29/2009 10:03:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Now thats priceless :)>


34 posted on 10/29/2009 10:04:30 AM PDT by MotorCityBuck (Page 73, Johnson, Navin)
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To: DogByte6RER
They are offended by a mexican man costume... but are totally ok with american indian costumes?

ROFL

What race do these people actually think they are?

ROFL

35 posted on 10/29/2009 10:04:44 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: Mount Athos

How about vinylhosen?


36 posted on 10/29/2009 10:04:51 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ACORN: Absolute Criminal Organization of Reprobate Nuisances)
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To: DogByte6RER
Well,la de da, I am offended by all these whiners that find something to be offended about everyday.

Sheesh! Stop digging around looking for things to be offended about. If you don't like this country go to another one........Take all your kinfolks with you,cry babies

37 posted on 10/29/2009 10:06:23 AM PDT by BARLF
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To: HiTech RedNeck
guess they need to pull all those Hawaiian costumes too !

ROFL

38 posted on 10/29/2009 10:08:47 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: DogByte6RER

“has offended Latino shoppers and community groups “

EVERYTHING offends them, especially our laws and customs. I’m sick of importing whiners and absconders, we have enough of our homegrown ones.


39 posted on 10/29/2009 10:09:21 AM PDT by AuntB (If the TALIBAN grew drugs & burned our land instead of armed Mexican Cartels would anyone notice?)
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To: DogByte6RER

40 posted on 10/29/2009 10:09:33 AM PDT by Overtaxed Patriot (Lock and load)
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To: AZFolks

“I just don’t care who gets offended. When I was a kid my dad was a member of the Sons of Italy. They protested that Liggett and Meyers cigarettes sponsored Elliot Ness. Dad said if they didn’t like that they should do something about Italian involvement in organized crime. I am sick and tired of outrage from anyone, including my own. Lets just grow up.”

Well said.


41 posted on 10/29/2009 10:10:59 AM PDT by AuntB (If the TALIBAN grew drugs & burned our land instead of armed Mexican Cartels would anyone notice?)
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To: cripplecreek

I’m goin’ as Dr. Bogus Pachysandra; Muslim Cleric/Proctologist!


42 posted on 10/29/2009 10:11:40 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Overtaxed Patriot

I thought Juan Valdez was Colombian.


43 posted on 10/29/2009 10:11:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AZFolks

“Italian involvemnet in organized crime”. You mean that ficticious Italian fraternal organization that has been negatively protrayed in the media? I suppose you think the bakery in my neighborhood burned down because they forgot to take the Football Cards out of the oven? Sonny Mecurio was a legitimate business man! Stata Zeit!


44 posted on 10/29/2009 10:12:27 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: DogByte6RER

Really? the Mexicans at the restaurant I work at think this kind of thing is hilarious. They think some dress habits of white and black people are funny too. They actually call fat guys Gordo, and skinny guys Flaco. They aren’t offended by anything. In fact, if they give you a nickname, it means they like you. It’s not the Mexicans, it’s the stupid Marxist Chicanos. Mexicans do not like Chicanos.


45 posted on 10/29/2009 10:12:31 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: DogByte6RER

Give me a break. Mexicans have got to be the most easily offended people in the world.

What if they made Switzerland Man and dressed him in lederhosen and stockings. Would anyone be offended?

Amish Man with suspenders, a hat and a beard.

Ethnic costumes are now “offensive”?


46 posted on 10/29/2009 10:12:50 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: DogByte6RER

47 posted on 10/29/2009 10:13:08 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Food Stamps!)
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To: ozarkgirl

If they were actually Americans (culturally) instead of hyphenated immigrants, anchor babies or illegals they would not be insulted.


48 posted on 10/29/2009 10:20:07 AM PDT by JMS
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To: ozarkgirl

It’s not a poncho, it’s a cape, add a mask and call him Zorro.


49 posted on 10/29/2009 10:22:30 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: dfwgator
I thought Juan Valdez was Colombian.

he moved to Mexico and took up the drug trade - he was perfectly positioned

50 posted on 10/29/2009 10:23:29 AM PDT by san pancho
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