It’s October 10th and the offensive “sexy Halloween costume” stories have only begun! Seems a little late, doesn’t it? Well, the first sexy version of a regular controversy this season involves, surprisingly, Ursula from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. That’s quite progressive, you might say, a sexy Halloween costume of one of Disney’s very, very few non-tiny female characters? No, you don’t have to have a waist like Ariel to be slutting it up this Halloween!
Heads up – if you’re a fat woman who wants to dress up as a popular fat character for Halloween, good luck trying to find a plus-size Ursula (from “The Little Mermaid”) costume.
Disney DOES partner with a company called Disguise Costumes to offer those ubiquitous, often inappropriate “sexy” versions of characters, and they do offer an Ursula costume – but Ursula can’t be fat and sexy at the same time, so if you’re an actual plus-size woman, better look elsewhere.
The “Sassy Ursula” offered in their “Fabulous Flirts” collection comes in sizes S, M & L – with L equal to a US 12-14. (The company does have a small range of actual plus size “Disney Princess” costumes – you can be Fat Cinderella or Fat Belle if you want to, but you can’t be Ursula. Better luck next time, fatties.)
It’s outrageously exclusionary – it basically tells fat women that we’re too fat to play a fat character; it also tells fat women that in order to be sexy, a character must be made skinny.
Okay, on the one hand, we completely agree. Let women of size be sexy on Halloween like everyone else! Let them dress as one of the few characters that isn’t extremely thin! Makes sense.
…But that was our initial instinct.
So, we had some questions: what is plus-size, first of all? We thought it began with 12, in which case: okay, they offer some plus sizes. Just not a lot. Moreover, as she points out, there are plus size options for Cinderella and Belle, so it’s not like Disney’s trying to shut out their entire plus size costumer base.
Second of all, isn’t Ursula’s size frequently cited as extremely insulting and body-shaming, because of course one of the few Disney women bigger than a size 2 has to be… an embittered, hateful seahag? Is dressing up as a sexy version of her on Halloween an act of owning her size… or is it further insulting that, in order to become “sexy,” the costume must look virtually nothing like Ursula in the film?
But, we guess, most important of all: why are we suddenly pushing for more sexy Halloween costume options? Aren’t they already the worst? We really shouldn’t be outraged that a company doesn’t offer enough of these stupid, tacky things.
Frankly, we’re much more put off by the same company offering a sexy Bambi: Et tu, Disney?
(via Boing Boing)