As per normal around this time of year, shops are filled with spider webs, ghouls, zombies and cemetery scenes with retail assistants in many shops dressed in horror themes, all due to it being Halloween.
I understand the commercial forces that drive shops to stock Halloween gear and if people want to take part in this American tradition then that’s their deal.
I have been disappointed at the amount of retail assistants I have seen dressed in bloody clothing, similar to the one in the picture above. I just feel this year more than ever it is simply bad taste….Just seven days ago, Australia was horrified at the brutal deaths of four people on the Gold Coast at Dreamworld….that alone should have caused assistants to be more sensitive in picking their costumes….Additionally, this afternoon I walked out of a local IGA after being served by a woman in a fake blood soaked white t-shirt, to jump in the car and hear an anti Domestic Violence ad on the radio. It did make me wonder the mixed messages we send…..we are all outraged over the Domestic Violence rate in Australia but then days like today we trivialize violence and even get dressed up as a victim of violence and call it fun.
I just think we have to be careful about the messages we send.
Anyway that’s what I think