Halloween, a holiday that has not yet begun but is already interminable, is a perfect time to flaunt your tastelessness, whether it be in blackface, Nazi uniform, or as a burning Twin Tower. And if you've yearned to don your best Sexy Half-Dead Orphan Refugee outfit this year, a team of nightlife impresarios are giving you the green light by throwing a "Bomb Threat"-themed soiree. LOL GAS MASKS.
The party is hosted in part by SHADE co-creator Seva Granik and is set to start about an hour past my bedtime tomorrow. But some people feel the party, whose suggested costumes for attendees include "Bombed-out Orphan," "War-torn Damsel," and "Shrapnel Sharon & Cuncussion Cathy," is perhaps a tad insensitive considering the current outpouring of Syrian refugees fleeing the country's ongoing civil war.
Arkady Sokolov, a Queens-based film and music producer, was one of them. "A bunch of Brooklynites dancing around to machine music dressed as 'bombed out orphans' in Dekalbistan while their taxes fund bombing more kids sounds like true degradation of civil society shit," Sokolov said in an email. "We pretend nightlife is somehow supposed to be egalitarian but really its a lens for hypocrisy like anything else."
Just to catch you up, about 12 million Syrians have been forced from their homes and four million refugees have crossed into other Middle Eastern countries and Europe since war broke out in 2011. Children have been perhaps the most affected, with at least six million displaced and countless others orphaned. But HEEEEEEEY orphans are the life of the party when they're dancing to the "Monster Mash."
Per the Facebook description:
When You Hear The Air Raid WARNING
1. GO QUICKLY AND QUIETLY TO YOUR SHELTER AREA
2. LIE DOWN ON YOUR FACE AND COVER YOUR EYES WITH YOUR ARM
3. KEEP QUIET—KEEP CALM—FOLLOW AIR RAID WARDEN INSTRUCTIONS
Keep off the streets as much as possible. To expose yourself unnecessarily adds to your danger.
Carry a gas mask with you always.
We reached out to Granik to find out a little more about the party's intended theme, but have yet to hear back.
Anyway, the bomb party's sold out, so our sincere apologies to all the people who were eager to exploit world crises for their own amusement and won't be able to get in :(