Shaun White Slammed for 'Simple Jack' Halloween Costume

Emily Reily 29 Oct 2018

TMZ reports Shaun White has gotten a bit of negative feedback from his Halloween costume, "Simple Jack," based off Ben Stiller's character from the 2008 movie Tropic Thunder. That character, who has intellectual challenges, is often referred to as the "r-word." The movie received flack for that treatment when it first came out, so you'd think White would have caught on by now, or at least googled the character to make sure it was OK to use for Halloween. According to TMZ Sports, the Special Olympics put out a statement slamming the move, stating "Disability is not a joke nor should it be a punchline. We hope that Shaun White and others learn that this just continues stigma, stereotypes and discrimination." If that's not bad enough, here's a list of other controversial Halloween costumes by celebrities over the years. And yes, black face is involved.

Julianne Hough in black face

In 2013, actress and Dancing With the Stars two-time champion Julianne Hough thought it would be fun to dress up as "Crazy Eyes," a black character from the hugely successful Netflix women's prison series Orange Is the New Black. What wasn't fun is that Hough, who is white, thought it would be okay to paint her face black to pull off the character. Someone should have put her in jail for that massive faux pas.

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Hilary Duff as a Pilgrim; her boyfriend as a Native American

The singer-songwriter and actress thought it would be swell to dress up as a pilgrim at the height of the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy. Duff's boyfriend, Jason Walsh, also played along as a Native American. The glaring error was called out almost immediately, and some may not have forgiven her yet.

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Heidi Klum as a Hindu goddess

The model and reality-TV star came under fire after she chose to portray the Hindu goddess Kali, going so far as to paint her face blue, give herself fangs and add pretend arms to her body to complete the picture. “Goddess Kali is highly revered in Hinduism and she is meant to be worshipped in temples and not to be used in clubs for publicity stunts or thrown around loosely for dramatic effect,” says Hindu cleric Rajan Zed at the time. Hindu leaders demanded an apology from the celebrity. Klum is a self-professed fan of Hindu culture, but this took things too far.

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Ashley Benson as a dead lion

Actress Ashley Benson, who played Hanna Marin in Pretty Little Liars TV series, dressed up as Cecil the Lion one year. Unfortunately, Cecil was hunted and killed in 2015. Benson's joke fell flat and she was lambasted in the media. The next day, she apologized -- a wise choice.

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Kylie Jenner as a Native American

It's hard to believe that a celebrity would be so nearsighted as to wear a Halloween costume that would parody another culture, but there you have it. Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Kylie Jenner did such a thing one Halloween, dressing up as what she called an "Eskimo" in skimpy white fur-lined clothing. Once she heard people were upset with her, she smartened up a bit and changed her photo caption to "Snow Princess."

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Scott Disick as a sheikh

It's hard to keep up with the Kardashians, especially when one of them thinks it's OK to dress up like an Arab sheikh. This time it was Scott Disick doing the dirty deed. He captioned his pic "We getting Arab money tonight." No, you're not.

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Harry Hamlin as a Nazi

This actually happened. The former LA Law heartthrob and Clash of the Titans star wore a swastika on his shirt, ignoring the obvious: that you should never dress as a Nazi. But wait! He wore the symbol while playing Sid Vicious from the infamous couple Sid and Nancy (wife Lisa Rinna played Nancy). The button Hamlin's jacket stated "I'm A Mess." Better clean up your act.

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The Chainsmokers as a pair of Ebola viruses

Both members of musical pop group the Chainsmokers dressed up in 2014 as "Ebrola," some kind of buddy-buddy disease, parodying the Ebola virus, which at the time was ravaging West Africa. The two also dressed up in yellow, perhaps to portray the hazmat suits Ebola fighters had to wear. It's never cool to play Death, unless of course you're portraying the Ghost of Christmas Future or some other fantastical character.

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