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King Kong is still acceptable.

Via Campus Reform:

Florida State University is reminding students in one residence hall to avoid wearing Harambe costumes this Halloween in order to avoid “cultural appropriation.”

Students living on the first floor of Deviney Hall at FSU are being greeted by a bulletin board adapted from an ad campaign titled “My Culture is Not a Costume,” photos of which were provided to Campus Reform.

The FSU board includes several photos from the original ad campaign, which began at Ohio University in 2011, and six additional photos of Halloween costumes that can be considered culturally appropriative, including an Arabian princess, a samurai warrior, and a bullfighter.

Apart from the photos, there are several written “examples of appropriation,” which include “headdresses,” “Geisha,” and “Harambe,” the late gorilla that was shot at the Cincinnati zoo.

Despite explicitly listing Harambe as an inappropriate costume, the board goes on to say that “any animal” would be an example of a “great Halloween costume.”

The display also suggests that students dress as an “extraterrestrial alien” as opposed to a “Latinx alien,” apparently referring to illegal immigrants.

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