Some of you younger folks may not believe this, but there once was a time when, though things were not perfect in this world much like they aren’t perfect now, people were allowed to have something called fun. You were allowed to eat junkfood now and again without having to hear ceaselessly about how awful it is and how fat it was going to make you, for instance. I know it’s crazy, but stay with me here. You could have the fun parts of Christmas like Santa and decorations without some nitwit complaining about how offensive the tree was. No, really. That used to be a thing. And until recently, part of the point of Halloween was to try to scare the crap out of your friends and family with cool costumes and props and then have a good hearty laugh afterwards. But that ends this year, because somebody always hates everything and everyone who might stand to lose a few bucks and suffer a couple minutes of bad publicity is too afraid to treat those people like the cranks they are and just ignore them.
Home Depot says it will pull the Scary Peeper Creeper from its shelves after a woman who saw the Halloween window decoration in a Markham, Ont., store complained it makes light of predatory behaviour against women.
Equipped with suction cups for mounting outside a window, the decoration costs $29 and features the full-sized head, face and hands of a creepy-looking, hooded man peering into a window. The decoration is made to look life-like, not cartoonish.
The intention is to scare anyone opening the blinds from inside the house on a dark night. A description on Home Depot’s website says the Scary Peeper Creeper is “perfect for scaring friends and family during Halloween or any other time of the year.”
After spotting the decoration in the store, Breanne Hunt-Wells contacted CBC News to complain, saying the Creeper is “inappropriate and makes light of a real-life, sinister issue that women face in our society.”
“I fail to see the humour in it,” Hunt-Wells said in an interview on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning show today. “It makes light of a very serious crime. Voyeurism is a crime in Canada.”
Hunt-Wells, a teacher and mother of two, said she has researched the issue since discovering the decoration, and said voyeurism can often escalate into sexual assaults, including rape. “This is not a harmless crime,” she said.
Yes, those are all serious crimes. But using this woman’s logic, we shouldn’t be allowed to have pumpkins on Halloween either because anyone who picks up a knife and carves one is eventually going to stab somebody to death which is going to hurt that person really bad and totally not be funny.
There are absolutely issues in our society that do need a good looking at and a serious rethinking. ‘Ol suction head here is not one of them. You all have my permission to buy as many of these things as you can find and have a good time with them, because at the end of the day, no matter what anyone else may tell you, having a good time is what life is supposed to be all about.