Friday, October 31, 2014

Ebola-themed Halloween

Halloween is here again, and that means, fancy dress. So it is not surprising that there may be "tasteless" – actually, it all depends how you look at it – costumes that are guaranteed to offend some people.
Ebola is in the news and as the war against the deadly disease is being fought – somebody realized that Ebola can be fashionable.
Think hazmat outfit complete with breathing mask, blue latex gloves and an Ebola face shield. But a sexy version of the Ebola containment suit see left pic.
“The short dress and chic gas mask will be the talk of Milan, London, Paris, and New York as the world's fashionistas seek global solutions to hazmat couture,” reads the Brands On Sale website.

But it isn’t just for women – there’s also a sexy male version, because “ending plague isn't the endeavor of a single woman.”
For sure, Ebola is a feverish topic. And in England, a Birmingham nightclub had apologized for "a huge error of judgement" in holding an Ebola-themed party. The building was even decorated with fake biohazard tape and warning signs.
The event was advertised as "Broad Street has been infected and is no longer safe!! All students must head to Bar Risa for Decontamination!!".
A spokesperson for the club said the theme night, held on Wednesday, was run by a third party and management was sorry for letting it happen.
"We will be donating all profits to Doctors without Borders and we wholeheartedly apologise to anyone we have offended," the spokesperson continued.
The event provoked both condemnation and praise on social media. Some comments had described it as "sickening" "outrageous" and "disgusting", while others claimed the theme was "only a bit of fun".
Personally, I don’t understand what the fuss is all about! There will always be people who will take offense by a leaf blowing past them in the wind – if they don’t like the look of the leaf! Chill lah!
On Wednesday, I was at the D’Utama Toastmasters meeting at the invitation of Johnson Yike. Given that the theme was “Truly Distinguished” – he, as the Toastmaster of the Evening had assembled a distinguished panel of six DTMs (Distinguished Toastmasters) – whose task was to evaluate six speakers, all of whom are D’Utama members. I was certainly in distinguished company.
Overall, a good evening and I am happy to give the meeting a score of an 8 over 10.


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