Halloween costumes regarding sensitive or outrageous subjects are nothing new. This year, though, it would appear that some took being offensive to an entirely different plane. A trio of guys, Huffington Post reported Oct. 30, took the horrifying Asiana Airlines crash that occurred back in July, where three people ultimately died and 181 were injured, and turned it into a costume gag. But they didn't settle for just mocking the pilots; they dressed with nametags that recalled the racist names joke that was unknowingly broadcast by a KTVU (San Francisco) news anchor.
The photo was originally posted on the "Angry Asian Man" blog and was reportedly taken at the Sidetrack Video Bar in Chicago. Bloodied and in tattered clothing, simulating the crashed Asiana Airlines pilots, the three guys in the photo sported tags with the inappropriate fake names that became infamous following the Flight 214 tragedy: "Ho Lee Fuk," "Sum Ting Wong" and "Wi Tu Lo." In an update, the blogger noted that they had been informed that the three men in the offensive photo were actually real airline flight attendants.
In a second update, "Angry Asian Man" posted that another Halloween photo of yet another partyer mocking the tragic crash was making the rounds. A lone man stands in the photo, his shirt emblazoned with "Captain Sum Ting Wong." He was spotted at a party at Montbleu Casino and Resort in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.
Of course, this goes a long way past any offense the Miley Cyrus MTV VMAs costume might have generated, although Playboy founder Hugh Hefner as Robin Thicke (with Crystal Harris as the tongue-displaying Miley) may have been offensive on several generational levels. Still, a few weeks prior to Halloween, most were steeling themselves to see a flood of online photos of women donning the controversial attire. And they were not disappointed, as Paris Hilton and Kelly Ripa can both attest.
But that was tame compared to several other far more offensive Halloween costumes, like the shot Trayvon Martin and "Neighborhood Watch" t-shirted George Zimmerman costumes that were posted on Facebook. Not only did the Zimmerman character point his two fingers -- mimicking a handgun -- at the Trayvon Martin character's head, but the guy portraying the 17-year-old Martin was in blackface. For those not in the know, the Trayvon Martin shooting sparked outrage throughout the nation after the teen was shot and killed on a rainy night in February 2012. Zimmerman invoked the "Stand Your Ground" law that allows for deadly force to be used in self-defense if one feels their life is in imminent danger. Zimmerman was later indicted on manslaughter and second-degree murder charges but was ultimately acquitted in a highly publicized trial.
Halloween is a time to shock and titillate, prompt your fellow humans into appreciating a well-designed and/or well-constructed costume. It is also a time when many revelers attempt to shock others in a manner that is altogether different from the frightful and scary. They dress to offend. With costumes like the crashed and bloody Asiana Airlines pilots and the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman duo, the creators/wearers succeed only too well.