“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Peaches Mask Halloween Costume
I don’t know what I’m going to be for Halloween yet but I know it ain’t this:
Uh, word? This mask is actually called “Peaches Mask African American Woman Halloween Costume Accessory.” It’s sold by the Amazon store Grim Reaper and produced by a Chicago-based company called Zagone Studios. The Amazon page doesn’t explain how to rock Peaches properly, so I did a little bit of web searching.
Most sites just describe this as a “Latex rubber face mask with attached bandana and hair.” I mean, you know, why elaborate?
Fantasy Toyland exclaims: “With this adult Peaches mask you can look like a black southern woman!“
Full Moon Masks warns: “Peaches may look harmless but don’t get on her bad side. She’s the queen of Voodo [sic] and knows some spells that would make a coven full of witches scream in fear. Not your usual Halloween mask.”
An eBay listing switches things up by naming this piece of nonsense “Peaches Housekeeper with Bandana Halloween Mask Costume” and gleefully boasts “Serious attenttion to detail in this awsome mask. We carry only top quality masks. If we don’t like them, we don’t sell them.”
Well, I don’t like it.
In case you’re confused, here’s an angle from another site:
I’m well past the point where I see myself in disgusting images like these, those which are all meant to make fun not of some oddity in human the condition but of my very existence as a black person and woman. There could be some humor or costuming value in the depiction of a character who is a Voodoo priestess (just barely, though), or even a backwoods person with bad teeth and skin. But the fact there is any market (at a $35-$40 price point, no less) for anyone who finds the idea of a black Southern woman named Peaches worthy of a Halloween costume makes me sick to my stomach.
By the way, our brothers need not feel left out by Zagone Studios. They have a little something for you too.
Let’s discuss these in the comments.