Results for - Dollarama criticized for selling offensive Indigenous-themed Halloween costume

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People are calling out Canadian dollar store Dollarama for selling an objectionable Indigenous-themed Halloween costume on the heels of a summer when thousands of bodies were discovered in unmarked graves at residential school sites across Canada. Several people who saw the costume say it’s highly inappropriate, especially after the country just observed its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.-DailyHive. Photos of costume from @EricBarrette1 on Twitter and canuckamusements.com.

The costume in question is called

1. The costume in question is called "Dream Catcher Cutie" and shows a girl wearing a cartoonish version of traditional Indigenous clothing. At least two Ontario stores were selling the costume, and it may have been available at more locations across the country. Do you consider this costume offensive?

Yes
16%
454 votes
No
67%
1,933 votes
Undecided
18%
513 votes
Dollarama spokesperson Lyla Radmanovich told Daily Hive that the chain did not intend to purchase the Dream Catcher Cutie outfit, saying it inadvertently came in a shipment of assorted costumes. Do you think that is true?

2. Dollarama spokesperson Lyla Radmanovich told Daily Hive that the chain did not intend to purchase the Dream Catcher Cutie outfit, saying it inadvertently came in a shipment of assorted costumes. Do you think that is true?

Yes, it probably came in a shipment of assorted costumes
33%
948 votes
No, they are just trying to cover up that they bought it
24%
701 votes
Undecided
42%
1,219 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
32 votes

3. Scarborough Centre City Councillor Michael Thompson also weighed in, telling Daily Hive that ignorance about racist Halloween costumes is "just unacceptable, quite frankly." "I fail to understand why any organization, be it Dollarama or anyone else, would think it would be appropriate to be selling these types of things," he said. Do you agree that these type of costume should be discontinued?

Yes
21%
596 votes
No
50%
1,455 votes
Undecided
29%
849 votes

4. He found the costume offensive not only because it misused feathers (considered sacred in many Indigenous cultures) but also because it fell into a long history of romanticizing and appropriating Indigenous culture while actual Indigenous children were punished for speaking their language or wearing traditional clothing while at residential schools, he said. "These types of things were taken from children and they were not allowed to wear them … and today there's a costume with a little white girl saying Dream Catcher Cutie." Do you think there should be more education about why these types of costumes can be offensive?

Yes
41%
1,195 votes
No
33%
949 votes
Undecided
26%
756 votes
10/14/2021 Living 2990 140 By: Tellwut
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