There’s nothing wrong with wanting to dress provocatively on Halloween. However, it seems like every year there’s at least one “sexy” costume that doesn’t feel kosher. Last year, it was the “Sexy Handmaid” or “Brave Red Maiden” as it was officially called. The year before? Probably the “Sexy Eleven From Stranger Things” aka “Sexy Upside Honey”—because there’s nothing sexier than a telekinetic child who has experienced a lifetime of trauma. This year? Sexy Mister Rogers.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 18, 2019
Referred to by costume manufacturer Yandy as the “Nicest Neighbor” costume, the references to Mr. Rogers are unmistakable.
There’s a red cardigan and grey hot pants paired with a collar and tie. Add lacy white ankle socks, platform patent leather pumps, and hand puppets (not included). Voila! You’re ready to channel Mr. Rogers.
“Won’t you be my neighbor?” the official description begins innocently before quickly crashing and burning into a mess of words that don’t belong together.
“Entice your friends next door with your playful puppets! Suit up with a necktie, and be the friendliest next-door neighbor in town in this exclusive Nicest Neighbor costume featuring a red top with a V-neckline, long fitted sleeves, a white detachable collar with a black necktie, and matching high waisted gray shorts with belt loops.”
Folks had a lot to say about the costume and Mister Rogers in general, who remains one of the top humans to grace the planet during our lifetime.
“How y’all look disrespecting the most wholesome human being ever,” wrote one Twitter user.
How y’all look disrespecting the most wholesome human being ever pic.twitter.com/mKbCDNgm9n
— Arepa Papi 🇨🇴🐢 (@supermariobruhh) September 19, 2019
— Jasmine D. Lowe (@JasmineDLowe) September 18, 2019
Stephen Colbert got in on the discourse with a quip about another Mr. Rogers character: “Can’t believe they made a Sexy Mr. Rogers costume when Mr. McFeely was RIGHT. THERE.”
Can't believe they made a Sexy Mr. Rogers costume when Mr. McFeely was RIGHT. THERE.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) September 20, 2019
lol regular Mr. Rogers outfit is already sexy joke's on you guys pic.twitter.com/PSNEKudJjn
— heather is a mason (@NerdHeather) September 19, 2019
But at the end of the day, you know what really makes Mr. Rogers sexy? Being a good person who cared about children and advocated for their healthy emotional development.
Know what makes a Mister Rogers costume sexy?
— Malice ‘💀’ Swoager (@UntenableWhale) September 19, 2019
Would you wear a Sexy Mister Rogers costume for Halloween?
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