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Poster campaign in Canada highlights Moroccan Caftan among offensive Halloween costumes

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 While millions of people are looking for an original concept for their upcoming Halloween costumes, students at a Canadian university have a clear idea of what not to wear: the traditional clothes of their respective cultures.

At the University of Windsor, a group of students launched a poster campaign asking the public to ditch the offensive costumes this Halloween that are supposed to represent a foreign culture.

Among the young people who took part in this campaign, we find Aicha Hassani, who is furious to see students wearing a traditional Moroccan outfit, like the Caftan, at a disguised party.

While Aicha says she would have loved to celebrate the culinary heritage and traditions of Morocco, she does not see why a Caftan aligns with a disguise of Shrek. Hassani said she wants people to understand that the traditional dress she’s wearing isn’t appropriate for someone to wear as a Halloween costume.

“The dress, when you wear it – you’re putting it next to a Shrek dress,” said Hassani relayed by the Canadian channel CBC news. “This is not like a Shrek dress.”

Other students testified, like Destiney Soney, who has watched people walk around on Halloween dressed as a stereotype of her Indigenous heritage. “It’s really disheartening to see it,” said Soney, “We’re not a costume, we’re a people, we’re a race, We’re more than just a joke you can play once a year.”

This is not a first in a North American university. In 2011, students from Ohio University had launched a similar campaign to denounce the costumes considered racist, as reported by American HuffPost.