Oh, brother. Haven’t we had enough of this ludicrousness?
Even comedian Jerry Seinfeld aptly put it when he complained about the world becoming so politically correct now.
“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC,’ ” Seinfeld told ESPN radio a year ago. He added that younger people “just want to use these words: ‘That’s racist;’ ‘That’s sexist;’ ‘That’s prejudice.’ They don’t know what … they’re talking about.”
Maybe Jerry Seinfeld is right on the money, especially after the Washington Post’s recent and ridiculous thoughts about dog Halloween costumes. That’s right; now we’re focusing on our four-legged companions and how we can correctly adorn them.
“Is your dog’s Halloween costume sexist?” was the headline to an article penned by Abha Bhattarai of the iconic newspaper, analyzing gender-specific costumes. Remember the day when it was okay to choose a boy’s costume for a male dog and a girl’s costume for a female dog? Sixteen percent of Americans plan to dress their pets in Halloween costumes this year, and we doubt most of them will be thinking gender neutrality before they select either a pink tutu or cowboy costume.
Apparently, times have changed, even for canines. If we’re now focusing on a dog’s costume, then maybe something is wrong with the rest of us.
Ms. Bhattarai observed that PetSmart dog costumes are still clearly labeling theirs as male and female. Scott Lawrie, however, has a big problem with that, because it sends the “wrong message” to human beings. Lawrie, who hosts a podcast, claims that “The career options for women — and dogs — need to go beyond pink loofahs and pink cowgirls.”
Sheesh. Aren’t we taking this a bit too far, when we bring Bella and Bailey into the mix?
The National Retail Federation says that the most popular costumes for pets are pumpkins, hot dogs and bumblebees. As far as we know, those are all gender-neutral, even though most pet owners aren’t trying to dress their pets in the PC way when they choose a Halloween costume.