Trinity College has released a statement apologizing in advance for the presence of “racially insensitive” Halloween costumes. Festivities are just a few days away and, in a year filled with iconic pop hits from various cultures, the administration is getting a headstart on dealing with the inevitable backlash. The apology reads as follows:
“Trinity College would like to apologize in advance for any and all Halloween costumes that may offend or trigger its faculty, staff, and students. As always, our institution is committed to promoting accuracy and integrity under all circumstances. Halloween will be challenging for numerous individuals, and we at Trinity deeply regret this reality. Most importantly, we’re truly sorry for any damage done to the university’s reputation, and for the embarrassing lack of thought devoted to the costumes.”
Some criticized the apology, arguing for the freedom to disguise oneself during the “lighthearted” and “jovial” events. Others applauded the forethought, arguing “It’s better to be both safe and sorry”.
One Trinity resident has gone so far as to reconsider her idea of a Wakanda-themed party.
Accompanying the statement is an advisory note urging students to reserve themselves to more ‘traditional’ costumes, such as Mulan or Pocahontas.