Most Controversial Halloween Costumes of 2015

7:30 AM 10/31/2015

by THR staff

From Caitlyn Jenner to sexy Cecil the Lion, there has been a lot of talk surrounding Halloween costumes this year.

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It's not Halloween without backlash against controversial costumes.

In 2015, sexy Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, and various Cecil the Lion costumes made headlines. There were also multiple people taken to task on social media for wearing blackface when dressing up like African American musicians like Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.

Here's a look at the costumes that many people found offensive or insulting.

  • Caitlyn Jenner

    A "Call Me Caitlyn" costume that recreates Jenner's iconic Vanity Fair cover was called "transphobic," especially when it was sold under some websites' "Humorous" costume category.

    A petition was created, asking retailers not to sell the costume. "To make a costume out of a marginalized identity reduces that person and community to a stereotype for privileged people to abuse," reads the petition. 

    Caitlyn Jenner, however, said she was not offended by the costume. "I don't think it's offensive at all. I know the community does and they've gotten a lot of criticism for doing it." she told Matt Lauer. "To be honest with you, I think it's great! Except they could have a better looking outfit for her." 

  • Cecil the Lion

    Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson came under fire for posting a picture of herself in a Cecil the lion Halloween costume.

    Her original caption, which was deleted following backlash, said, "Help! Can’t decide on my Halloween costume this year! What do you guys think of this cecil the lion costume? @yandy #thanksyandy #halloweencostume."

    She receive criticism from users in the comment. One user said "It's a shame lions can't wear dead ignorant humans as costumes. Totally unaware douche."

    Benson posted an apology and said she had not intended to be Cecil the lion. "Yesterday’s post was in poor taste and I absolutely regret all of the hurt that photo caused," she said.

    "The caption that was posted was incorrect and my costume was not Cecil the Lion, when I saw that, I contacted my management who handled the post and had it immediately changed," she continued. "I recognize that I am responsible for everything posted on my social accounts and this was an unfortunate oversight."

    "I am a supporter of Animal conservation and I will be donating all the proceeds of this deal to the World Wildlife Fund. I love you all and I apologize if I let you down."

    Benson's costume is called the "deluxe lion" on Yandy. The "Cecil the Lion" costume looks very similar, but is a bodysuit. Yandy says it is donating 20% of its proceeds from both costumes to a Global Conservation Organization.

  • Cecil the Lion Killer Dentist

    Not only is there a Cecil the lion costume, but there is a "Lion Killer Dentist" costume modeled after Walter Palmer, the hunter who killed the beloved Zimbabwe lion.

    Costumeish sells the costume, which comes with a severed lion's head mask, bloody gloves and a bloody smock. After an uproar ensued about the "tasteless" costume, PETA responded with a costume of its own called "Cecil's Revenge."

    The costume features a dentist being attacked from behind by a plush lion.

  • Sexy Donald Trump

    "Donna T. Rumpshaker" costume — which many are calling "sexy Donald Trump" — is being sold on Yandy.

    The "suit" costs $69.95 and people can accessorize with a $7.95 "Making America Great Again" hat and a $9.95 "comb over politician wig" as well. The costume was called "sexist" and mocked on social media.


  • Nicki Minaj and Kanye West

    A student in Florida received criticism for posting a picture of herself in blackface, dressed as Nicki Minaj.

    Elementary school teacher Heath Morrow also faced backlash after his wife posted a picture of him in blackface as Kanye, with his wife posing as Kim Kardashian. Heath apologized for his "error in judgment" and his wife told The Daily News, "There was no malicious intent in this costume. It's for HALLOWEEN, the one time a year it is okay." 



    Earlier in October, a UCLA fraternity was investigated when they threw a Kanye West-themed party, which featured people in blackface.

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