Each time Halloween rolls around, expect some partygoers to miss the appropriate-costume memo.
This year, Kim Kardashian is causing a stir on social media after appearing as Aaliyah in one of her many costumes paying homage to musical icons (she also dressed up as Cher and Madonna).
Aside from pointing out its cultural inappropriateness, some netizens say it's insensitive for the reality show star-entrepreneur to dress up as the young Aaliyah, who died in a tragic plane accident in 2001.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) compiled a list of celebrities and costumes that sparked an outcry whether for being racist, culturally insensitive, or generally offensive.
1. Hilary Duff and ex-boyfriend Jason Walsh.
The Younger star and her then-boyfriend came out dressed as a pilgrim and a Native American in 2016, sending collective sighs of disgust across the Internet.
It was totally in bad taste as the timing of their Halloween sartorial choice coincided with then ongoing protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, whose underground operation threatened the water safety and sacred burial grounds of Native American sites, specifically the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
The Disney Channel alum later tweeted an apology
2. Chris Brown
The 28-year-old singer and his friends were dressed like members of a Middle Eastern terrorist group when they went to Rihanna's Halloween party in 2012.
were in uproar, calling Chris's costume "questionable," "horrifically insensitive," and "a pretty awful idea any way you look at it."
3. Julianne Hough
In 2013, the dancer-actress dressed up as Orange is the New Black character Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, portrayed by black actress Uzo Aduba.
Julianne donned the blackface, earning the netizens' ire for its racist implication.
She issued an apology on Twitter, saying, "It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way."
4. Anne Frank Halloween costume.
Online retailers received swift backlash from the public for naming a costume after Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl whose diary chronicled her life in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands in WWII.
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Some online stores have taken down the costume from their sites, while others changed the name to "World War II costume."
5. "Kim Kardashian Getting Robbed" costume.
On October 2, 2016, Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room. It didn't take long for a costume company to cash in on her misery.
While not naming Kim, the costume description closely alluded to the selfie-loving mother of two and the harrowing incident that she went through.
The costume kit even included a plastic "$4 milion ring", an item Kim lost during the heist.
Costumeish, the company that made the outfit, defended its marketing ploy.
"I’m sad that people are offended by it, but it is Halloween: It’s one day out of the year," Costumeish Vice President Johnathon Weeks told BuzzFeed.
"Halloween should be a light-hearted, spirited party and people should be able to laugh at it and think it’s funny."