Want a culturally appropriate costume this Halloween? This teen’s got an idea for you.
Josh Welch, a 17-year-old from Silver Spring, Maryland, decided to dress as a thief for Culture Day at his high school earlier this week to make a statement about “white culture,” BuzzFeed first reported.
“I consider myself a huge advocate for social justice, and I wanted to make a bold statement about ‘white culture,’” he told The Huffington Post Wednesday. “So I decided to use humor to get my point across, but I never imagined it could be this ubiquitous.”
He posted a photo of the get-up on Twitter and his tweet quickly got tens of thousands of likes and retweets. Some people, of course, were critical, but Welch said the response has been quite positive.
“I have received some really negative feedback, but it has been overshadowed by the positive comments,” he added. And his classmates loved it. “Being at a predominantly liberal school, everyone thought it was hilarious.”