10/19/2014 11:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Let Us Tell You Why These Halloween Costumes Are Offensive. Because Ignorance Is Spooky.

It wouldn't be Halloween season without the following racist, sexist and offensive costumes. "But it's all in good fun!" you probably want to exclaim. O rly?

Here's why that is simply not true. Before you jump down to the comment section to declare that we need to lighten up, please remember these basic rules:

  1. Most cultures prefer not to have their rich history reduced to drunken pageantry.
  2. Commentary about women’s bodies should not be purchased in a clear plastic bag at a local Halloween warehouse store.
  3. Mocking serious social issues of our time will just make you seem like an elitist a-hole.

Read on for our guide on why exactly these costumes just aren't cool.

Offensive Halloween Costumes '14

Also, just for good measure, don't take costume advice from Chris Brown, Bill Maher or Subway commercials.

Other than that, have a Happy Halloween!

Courtesy:, via Giphy

Correction: An earlier version of this article used a female pronoun when referring to Jelani Cobb, who is a man.

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