Three Halloween Costumes Asians Can’t Wear

I changed my mind about not blogging just to write (and crudely Photoshop) this post – here are 3 Halloween costumes Asians can’t wear.

1. Magritte’s “Son of Man” painting

Me, the Magritte Painting, and a guy actually dressed as Oddjob

In 2005, I put on a bowler hat, drew an apple, and went out as Magritte’s “Son of Man” painting. When I wasn’t holding the apple in front of my face, someone asked if I was Oddjob, the James Bond Villain.

2. Karl Lagerfeld

Cute little Mariko, deceased North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld

My friend Mariko is kind of short. Here she is dressed as Karl Lagerfeld in 2008. Unfortunately, people thought she was Kim Jong Il.

3. Peggy Fleming

Here’s Ken Jeong’s character Chang dressed as a famous figure skater on the 2010 Halloween episode of Community.

“Guess who I am?”
“Michelle Kwan?”
“Kristi Yamaguchi?”
“Peggy Fleming. Just been proven racist – by the racist-prover!”

And just to balance things out – here’s a Halloween costume no non-Asian should wear.


Magritte TheSonOfMan” by Shimon D. Yanowitz – Shimon D. Yanowitzשמעון ינוביץ. Via Wikipedia.

Oddjob” by Clinton Steeds.

Kim Jong Il photo modified from

Karl Lagerfeld 2014” by Christopher William Adach – Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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