Bros Wear Soldier, Osama bin Laden Halloween Costumes; Wash. U. Students Outraged

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A screenshot of the offending Facebook post, which has since been taken down.
A Halloween photo of three Washington University students dressed in military fatigues pointing Super Soakers at a student dressed as Osama bin Laden went viral Wednesday, sparking outrage over anti-Muslim sentiments on the Danforth campus.

College officials called an emergency meeting Thursday morning, but by then the photo had already drawn more than 750 likes and been shared more than 150 times.

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Senior Mahroh Jahangiri reposted the photo with a seven-paragraph explanation describing it as a sign of "a broader, more aggressive (and apparently violent) Islamophobia rampant here at WashU" and urged students to "RAISE HELL ABOUT THIS," according to the university's student paper.

Jahangiri adds:

This photo implies that not only are Muslims not American, their lives are expendable. They can (and should) be brought to their knees with guns pointed at their damned faces...I find it hard to believe that if this was a black man or a gay man or a Latino man with guns aimed at his face that black students or queer students or Latino students would not have been up in arms. But because the costume did not represent my friends' communities, it did not warrant a response.

Brandon Wenerd, a writer for BroBible, a website for "bro" culture, says nothing about the photo is offensive enough to cause such anger.

"These Bros are dressing up as a pretty significant event in 21st century American history: The moment the United States 'got him' -- the terrorist behind an attack that murdered 2,977 innocent Americans," Wenerd writes. "Some things are worth the outrage. I'm not quite sure this is."

This Halloween featured some particularly offensive costumes, including...

The Twin Towers.


A Boston Marathon bombing victim.


Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, seen here with "Robyn Ya Hood."


Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Reggie M Parson
Reggie M Parson

This is really really a stupid disgrace... is this what they pay these over paid students and staff at Washington University for...This is were I met President Bill Clinton at this could have been a national incident...Yeah that's what their counting on that nobody would give a damn Pal!!

Sarah Stum
Sarah Stum

I got a good giggle out of it. If people are offended, they need counseling or something.

Sarah Stum
Sarah Stum

took the words out of my mouth Sharon

Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson

By the institution, I meant the president and staff, not the students.

Kaity Shea
Kaity Shea

Nah, most of the students here think the outcry is ridiculous and the picture is fine. We're just not the ones that anybody is interested in talking to about it.

Cory Hamilton
Cory Hamilton

It's all they could think of. They're "frat bros" I'm sure they made one brain between all of em.

Jen Cline
Jen Cline

If it's not specifically racist, it perpetuates racism. It's not about "being sensitive," its' about being educated.

Joe Thebeau
Joe Thebeau

There are a lot more important things to worry about.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i think muslims killing christians is in bad taste.

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

Racist? Why not interview the Navy Seals who did that shit instead if a bunch of civilians who have NO CLUE -racist? Try getting the story behind the costumes journalist

Mark Wolff
Mark Wolff

It was a former event in our world. That is what ppl dress as on halloween. Original costume ideas. Way overblown. Get over it ppl. It was halloween. Sad state of affairs that this is an issue.

Michael McClanahan
Michael McClanahan

Muslim is a religion not a race, so it can't be racist. EAT MORE BACON

Jason Charney
Jason Charney

I didn't get in to Wash U so that rich douchebags can enroll and do this?!

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

If you have to ask if it is racist, it probably is.

Jay Vines
Jay Vines

The only people outraged are terrorist sympathizers. People need to get a life and worry about their own self, familes etc.

Joellen Pickens
Joellen Pickens

I have a hard time being offended by college kids bearing Supersoakers.

David Bridgeman
David Bridgeman

Seriously? I think we should celebrate his death on a daily basis, including setting aside a special day where they would have reenactments of killing him! He was a murdering coward who killed thousands of innocent people mostly Americans! What a pussified nation America has become!!

Erik Owens
Erik Owens

I think it's funny and wish I would've thought of it

Jeri Michelle Reuter
Jeri Michelle Reuter

I can't really say it's inappropriate even, but I definitely don't see how it's racist.

Diane Highley Kleb
Diane Highley Kleb

thats why they are called costumes.....everyone needs to stop being so pussyfied. I for one hate Political Correctness. Find real news to post and care about. Like the President being Impeached and Banished from this Country. Bet alot of people would love to see those headlines everywhere........Throwing parties in the street and getting on their knees and thanking God ***

Charlie Oakey
Charlie Oakey

wait, i got my translations confused. the word is 'dick. osama was a dick.

David Brown
David Brown

if you think it's in poor taste then the terrorists win

Matt Ferch
Matt Ferch

Poor taste?? If your Halloween costume is in good taste you're doing it wrong.

Brian Mull
Brian Mull

Get off the PC bandwagon, who f'n cares.... pansies.

Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas

Who cares? Someone should get the guy who's offended a bandaid for his hurt butt.

Richard Peitz
Richard Peitz

If these type of scrutinies don't stop, the very instigators of them will suffer. Some day someone may find that the Riverfront Times isn't located on the riverfront and find that offensive as well. Its getting out of hand, its time to stop looking for BS to stir up.

Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown

Nothing wrong with this picture. If you think it's racist welcome to America.

Bridget Aholt Blair
Bridget Aholt Blair

The media & govt. need to leave innocent people who aren't hurting anyone alone! Unless they've committed a crime...lay the hell off! It's every day/week that folks are getting the finger pointed at them for no reason. Enough is enough!!!!!!!

Phil Janovick
Phil Janovick

Who cares !!!!! Nothing come of it........ THIS world is based on RACE !!!!! Accept it !!!!

Michelle K. Connolly
Michelle K. Connolly

And Prince Harry wore a Hitler costume. Halloween is tasteless by it's very nature. The Eagles said Get Over It.

Allan Luba
Allan Luba

no . Now we have to stop buying Mexican hat and other things also. What is wrong with people today. Geta life people

Michelle K. Connolly
Michelle K. Connolly

Get over it. Seriously. Muslims don't even claim the radicals as Muslims. Who cares. He was a shitbag.

Katie Uldall-Welch
Katie Uldall-Welch

Yes, it's in poor taste. Is it intentionally racist? No, probably not. I think we should chalk it up to youthful indiscretion... it was a mistake, and I'm sure they will take a lesson away from it. Chill, Nasty Nates. These be but wee babes.

Kelly Roth
Kelly Roth

America is suppose to be strong and tough. Mostly a bunch of whiners these days. Boo hoo someone hurt my feelings. Whaa

Sean Neuber
Sean Neuber

Grab a freaking tissue! Who cares? They mimicked the capture/killing of the most hated terrorist in the world and it hurts your feelings? Pussies!

Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson

There's nothing you can do; Wash U. is a hard-left institution, and has no sense of humor.

Paul Burrows
Paul Burrows

Can't even be a red-blooded, all-American, party animal without offending some spineless dumb ass.

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

That's the exact same thing? Why would it be any different?

Tania Novak
Tania Novak

Ii's okay that the killing of bin Laden was posted all over the news and the President took credit for that everyone even cheered . It's okay that Churches act out the crusifiction of Jesus and its okay that we take a day off work to celebrate Christopher Columbus who was a known rapist and had slaves. It's okay that we re-inact the first Thanskgiving in schools despite that we took the land from the Indians, but it isn't okay that these students dress up and act out a part of our history? Our Country is getting messed up!! As far as costumes go, its against the law to impersonate a police officer, yet their were alot of them out on halloween with their butts hanging out of their skirts, its against the law to impersonate a doctor, but I seen alot of those too. I beleive people are crying over a nothing, calling out on the littlest things... and most aren't citizens. Enough is Enough and we need to stand up for our Rights!!

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