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A Gay Canadian Couple Upped The Racist Halloween Costume Game And Twitter Has Some Opinions

It’s Halloween so we know to expect some racist and offensive Halloween costumes. It is a yearly tradition at this point. Not only do we expect these costumes, but there is also the inevitable response defending the costumes and calling everyone else sensitive. That’s what happened when one gay Canadian couple posted what might be the most offensive couples costume of the year considering the inhumane condition on the southern border and increasing number of dead migrant children. Here’s a quick recap of Manuel Navarro’s (manverywell) and Marty Fortier’s (marty.fortier) tasteless costume making fun of the immigration crisis currently claiming lives in the U.S.

Marty Fortier and Manuel Navarro thought their ICE/Migrant couples costume was just a normal costume.

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The white-Mexican couple, based in Toronto, seemed to consider it funny to create sexy costumes depicting a humanitarian crisis that has claimed several lives in recent years. According to NBC, 24 people have died while in ICE custody. That does not include other deaths in other federal agencies, including 5 children.

Here’s what the couple looks like out of their sexy ICE Agent/Desperate Migrant costumes.

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Migrants coming to the U.S. border have faced increased scrutiny and mistreatment by federal immigration authorities. At one point, the Trump administration implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy that separated thousands of families. Some of the families will never be reunited as some children went unaccounted for into the foster care and adoption systems.

Some Twitter users immediately began to drag the couple over their tone-deaf costume.

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The U.S. immigration system has been failing migrants and asylum seekers since President Trump took office. The Trump administration has intentionally misled and permanently traumatized families and children with their operations. If federal immigration authorities weren’t separating families, they were forcing asylum seekers back into Mexico as they wait for their immigration cases. However, many were not informed of their court dates so they missed their court dates making them ineligible for asylum in a cruel tactic utilized by the Trump administration.

Even when faced with a couples costume that is highly offensive, some gay people of color have added their own humorous commentary.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case where a Border Patrol officer opened fire on a teenager at the border. The case is unique in that the teenager was on the Mexican side of the border when the agent fired his weapon and killed the teenager.

Some Twitter users, who followed the couple on Instagram, shared an alleged non-apology by Navarro.

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According to the screengrab, Navarro explains that he and his boyfriend are not racist. In fact, his Mexican heritage is why he wanted to create the costume in the first place.

Twitter user, @MikeMakesTwits, had a lot of issues with Navarro’s IG story statement and defensive posturing.

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It’s one thing to apologize for a costume idea like that. It’s another to tell everyone that they are being overly sensitive when your costume represents the inhumane treatment of thousands of men, women, and children. Navarro clearly doesn’t think his costume is anything to be upset about.

Some people think that Navarro is in the sunken place.

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The sunken place, for those who don’t know the movie “Get Out,” is where the black people in the town go after being hypnotized. The sunken place is where they are forced so that they can be subservient to the white people.

And one Twitter user is just not buying that this kind of behavior goes both ways.

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What do you think about the costume? Do you think the couple went too far? Or do you think people are being too sensitive? Let us know.

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Bad Bunny’s ‘Yo Perrero Sola’ Music Video Has Drag, Female Empowerment, And Artistic Styling That Is World-Class

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Bad Bunny’s ‘Yo Perrero Sola’ Music Video Has Drag, Female Empowerment, And Artistic Styling That Is World-Class

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Bad Bunny is known to push gender norms and supports the LGBTQ+ community. His music videos are artistic expressions of the world he wants to live in. His latest music video for the song “Yo Perreo Sola” is catching everyone’s attention for several reasons including the trapero singing and dancing in full drag.

Bad Bunny starts his “Yo Perreo Sola” music video in a hot red leather drag outfit.

Like, dayum. The Puerto Rican trap star did not hold back. His look was everything as he gave us some “Oops…I Did It Again” dominatrix vibes. The fans were not prepared for this but it seems that most of them are all for Bad Bunny pushing boundaries even further in Latin trap.

The imagery is literally being celebrated for its strong statement for the LGBTQ+ community.

Bad Bunny was very outspoken about Alexa Negrón Luciano, a trans woman who was murdered in Puerto Rico and misgendered in media reports. The singer was on “The Late Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and used the moment to protest the treatment of Luciano’s legacy. Bad Bunny wore a shirt that read in Spanish, “They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt.”

Bad Bunny fans were ready to defend their fave and his new music video.

To many, Latin trap is still a place where homophobia and misogyny fester in lyrics by some of the top performers. Bad Bunny is one artist that has been fighting against that culture from within. He has bent gender norms in music videos and it has set his career apart from other Latin trap musicians.

And they are all celebrating the anguish of straight men who listen to Bad Bunny and have social hang-ups.

The same homophobia in Latin trap is reflected within the community. Bad Bunny’s unapologetic willingness to take gender and flip it on its head is just one thing fans love about the trapero.

You can watch the full video below.

Bad Bunny never disappoints, does he?

READ: Bad Bunny Is The Modern Icon The Queer Latino Community Needs And Deserves Right Now. Here’s Why

ACLU Demands The US Government Come Up With A COVID-19 Response For ICE Detention Centers

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ACLU Demands The US Government Come Up With A COVID-19 Response For ICE Detention Centers

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As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 spreads across the globe, there is one population the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties (ACLUF-SDIC) is trying to protect: migrants. The virus, which is highly contagious, has infected more than 127,000 people across 6 continents. More than 68,000 people have recovered from the virus. To date, more than 4,700 people have died from the disease and the ACLU wants to make sure detained migrants don’t die because of the virus.

The ACLUF-SDIC is calling on the U.S. federal government to create a plan to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in migrant detention centers.

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The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading across the globe triggering strong reactions from governments seeking to limit the spread. Italy has locked down the country to tell everyone in the country to quarantine.

So far, more than 1,300 people in the U.S have tested positive for COVID-19 and 38 have died. Most of the fatalities were in Washington state where 21 deaths happened in Seattle-area long-care facilities.

The ACLUF-SDIC is calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to develop a detailed plan to prevent the spreading of COVID-19 in detention centers.

The ACLUF-SDIC wants a written plan to prove that immigration officials have the migrants’ health in mind.

“ICE detention facilities in San Diego and Imperial counties must act quickly to put in place a comprehensive emergency plan that protects people in their custody from COVID-19,” Monika Langarica, immigrants’ rights staff attorney for the ACLUF-SDIC, is quoted in a release. “The spread of the virus into a detention center would have devastating consequences for the people locked up inside.”

The ACLUF-SIDC is concerned about the inadequate medical care and overcrowding could lead to a serious outbreak of COVID-19 within the detained migrant population.

Other ACLU chapters are calling on ICE to work with migrants to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The ACLU of Louisiana has asked ICE to offer expedited hearings for the elderly detained migrants to preserve their health.

“Given the CDC’s warnings about avoiding confined spaces and the threat COVID-19 poses to the frail and elderly, immediate steps must be taken to safeguard the health and well-being of incarcerated people across the state,” Alanah Odoms Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana executive director is quoted in a statement. “We know that confining people in close quarters increases the risk of infection, but right now thousands of Louisianans are incarcerated based on the mere accusation of a crime and an inability to pay bail. In the interests of public health, we’re calling for expedited parole hearings for the elderly in state prisons and for the immediate release of people who are being jailed pretrial based solely on their inability to pay bail. We look forward to working with state, federal, and local officials to ensure the health and well-being of all people under correctional control in our state.”

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