Wiccans are frustrated with the way they feel that they are mocked on Halloween.
“Witches are not fictional creatures. We are not werewolves or Frankenstein monsters,”
Trey Capnerhurst, a practicing Wiccan in Canada, wrote in a recent article. “We do not have green skin, and only some of us have warts.”
She likens people dressing up as witches with pointy hats and hooked noses to people going in blackface.
“It’s starting to sink in that representations of traditional native garb, like headdresses and face paint, are unacceptable public attire for those who have no cultural claim to it,” she wrote.
In response to a cartoon making a quip about witches eating only local children, she says, “I know some claim that it’s funny, but it’s totally not. Baby eating jokes are never funny, and depicting it as a characteristic of an entire group puts that group on the level of irredeemable Evil.”
Yet, after this diatribe, Capnerhurst says that it’s alright for Wiccans to dress up and make caricatures of the traditional witch.
“It’s our sacred holiday of Samhain and, unless one actually is a witch, dressing up as stereotypical witches is bigotry. Same with depictions of our sacred objects like brooms, cauldrons, wands, or other accoutrements. Even cartoonishly. When we do it, well, then it really *is* just all in good fun. I mean, let’s face it. Sometimes, you just have to shake your head and laugh at all this…”
So with this logic, only Christians should be allowed to wear red and green on Christmas and the only people lighting candles during Hanukkah are to be Jewish.
Also, only the Irish can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Italians henceforth are the sole group that can eat pasta and pizza, and the Chinese get total domain over firecrackers and the color red. This all makes perfect sense.