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Published on November 15th, 2013 | by Flipside

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Halloween Costume Confusion: KKK or Ghosts?

After the controversy of students blacking up, the student body of the University of Edinburgh is currently in a massive state of confusion surrounding how offended they should be about a group of reveller’s costume choices. The group of Business Society members went dressed in white-sheets, with eye holes cut out, to a fancy dress night at Vodka Revolution on Chambers Street.

The general consensus has not arrived on whether the group were dressed as ghosts, or as members of the Ku Klux Klan, the incredibly racist, white supremicist organisation which operates in the United States of America.

Claire Wilkins, a 4th year Accounting Student, who was one of those dressed up in a sheet thought the whole discussion was ridiculous – “I just forgot about the Halloween night out, until like a day before. I just couldn’t remember. I’m not a racist; this publicity is ruining my chance with Deloitte. This is bullshit.”

Rachel Jamieson, a 3rd Year Social Anthropology Student, on the other hand thinks that the costume must be racist – “Look, all I’m saying is, at one point I saw the ‘hood’ go a bit pointy. This is obviously the perpetuation of racism by the fascist international government that controls us all!”

Edinburgh University Business Society, who annoyingly brand themselves as ‘BizSoc’ in an apparent attempt to increase membership in the 11-12 year old demographic, released a statement stating that “The costume choice had intention of causing offence, and was an attempt to dress up as Ghosts. We apologise to anyone who misunderstood. Now, next week we have a fascinating talk about balance sheets in Turkey…”

Harry Johnson, a well-known ghost in Edinburgh, said the debate was ridiculous because, “It doesn’t matter if they were dressed as KKK members or ghosts. They’re both offensive. No ghosts look like that and we’re absolutely sick to death of the stereotyping. The myths about ghosts are impeding our drive towards equality, people still think we go ‘Wooo, wooo, wooo’ all the time FFS. We’re an important part of the British Economy.”

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