Yes it’s wrong, but come on—somebody had to say it.
2011 was a year of major deaths. We lost both celebrated American heroes and murderous villains alike—all of which, for some reason, are guaranteed to get translated into that mystifying American tradition known as the Halloween costume.
Invariably Halloween costumes seem to fall into one of two main categories: slutty or dead. While no one needs a current-affairs event to inspire a slutty cat costume, this year’s news cycle gives plenty of fodder for potential “dead” costumes.
When Steve Jobs died earlier this month, the company that sells Jobs’ signature mock turtleneck that he wore like a veritable costume reported a sudden surge of over 100% growth in sales of that particular sweater. In light of not seeing a mock turtleneck craze sweeping the streets in Jobs’ memory, one can deduce that a decent amount of these sweaters were purchased in Halloween preparation.
Muammar Gaddafi‘s death earlier today, however, opens up a whole new spectrum of possibilities. For those considering being “dead Steve Jobs” for Halloween, switching the plan to “dead Gaddafi” not only seems in better taste (marginally better, I guess—better to risk mocking a murderous dictator than celebrated American hero) but also offers a dazzling spectrum of costume options. You and your 10 friends could all go as “dead Gaddafi” and not even wear the same outfit.
Cheers erupted in the streets of Tripoli at the news that news Gaddafi was dead, less than a week after Hillary Clinton came out and said the US wanted him killed. No dictator in history has perfected the art of the dazzling costume more than Gaddafi. His death is a gift to the Libyan people, and a lesser gift to crude Halloween costumes everywhere.
If tasteless Halloween costumes are your thing, check out some of the wardrobe options above. Of course, if these prove too daunting you could probably pull off dead bin Laden with a towel and quick trip to the Army Navy store.