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Janay Rice had the only response you need to hear.
As Uproxx points out, there’s this guy, who attended a Halloween party dressed as the Baltimore Ravens player who punched out his then-fiancée Janay Rice in an elevator, complete with a blowup doll that he’s dragging around by its hair. Because abuse is a punchline.
Photo via Imgur
It’s so funny, you can dress your child up as a known abuser, too.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 26, 2014
And then there’s this guy’s parents, who took it next level with a blackface/black eye combo.
Blackface. DV joke. But it’s Halloween right? pic.twitter.com/FFvnL5zrKq
— zellie (@zellieimani) October 26, 2014
And there will likely be many more, because ignorance multiplies quickly. The defenses of these costumes will likely consist of “It’s just a joke!” and “It’s just a costume, lighten up!” That way, the people dressed up as known abusers can absolve themselves of any guilt or responsibility. But those people are still equating the abuse of women with a joke.
For some reason, AFI singer Davey Havok weighed in on this issue in a TMZ video, and suggested that this costume could be “saved” if women wore it and took the “power” back. I dunno. How about nobody wears it?
Perhaps Janay Rice’s opinion should matter most.
.@TMZ it’s sad, that my suffering amuses others
— Janay Rice (@JanayRice) October 22, 2014
Lest you think adults and children dressing as Ray Rice is the most offensive costume this year, a “sexy Ebola nurse” costume also exists.
H/T Uproxx | Image via Instagram
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.