File this under not funny: A man recently attended a Halloween party dressed as Ray Rice (pictured), pulling the hair of a blow-up doll to represent Janay Palmer Rice, the wife of the suspended Baltimore Ravens running back. Rice was suspended indefinitely, after TMZ released a video showing the running back striking his now-wife and knocking her unconscious.
The incident generated a lot of controversy, with calls being made to the National Football League to develop reforms to quell domestic violence among players. However, this didn’t stop a man from wearing the “costume” at a recent Halloween party, which was reportedly posted on Reddit’s Too Soon forum by a friend.
In response to the image, one commented:
“You’re right, this is way too soon.”
While another wrote:
“This is disgusting. What part of a woman being knocked out unconscious is funny/appropriate for Halloween? Stop.”
But a handful of other users saw it as funny, with one managing to bring racism in to the subject:
“But how can I pull off Blackface, become unemployed, and shrink 3 inches?”
Not only is the costume too soon, but it’s unacceptable to poke fun at domestic violence. Consider these facts: 1 in 4 women report experiencing domestic violence in their lifetimes and 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths are caused each year as a result of domestic violence, according to Click To Empower, a site for survivors of domestic violence survivors.