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Ray Rice domestic abuse-inspired Halloween costume causes outrage

ae-p-ravens-purple-carpet-sweeneyWhile former NFL star Ray Rice and his legal team are fighting for his right to return to the league, his wife, Janay Rice, is fighting a battle of her own. Although Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is described as a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries that falls on the eve of the liturgical celebration of All Saints’ Day, where children dress up in costumes, some individuals use the occasion to poke fun at sensitive issues.

Throughout the last week, our Facebook and Twitter feeds have been flooded with offensive costumes in search of a few laughs but one costume in particular poked fun at the Rice family.

Shortly after responding to a Twitter follower who suggested that her domestic violence incident occurred because she married a black man, Rice was forced to relive the horrible occurrence when the photo below surfaced, featuring a man dressed as the former Baltimore Raven, holding a black blow-up doll face down on the ground as if he were re-enacting the abuse.


Janay tweeted the following responses:


We can only imagine Rice’s pain as she has to relive the abuse publicly. We hope that people stay away from this costume and recognize that domestic violence is a serious matter, not a laughable issue.

As for the culprit who thought that dressing up to mock a crime that plagues 1 in 4 women, we say shame on you! –ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie


  1. butterbeanbabe on October 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    every large coporation in america is mostly ran by offspring of kkk ,or slave masters descendants , their old mind set and ways of thinking is plagued an entire race like a major illness , 1 out of ever 4 american white americans is a racist , that means the new genration of white kids are still taught to stay away from black kids on the playground and not invite them over for birthdays and holidays.. churches are a breeding gorund for racism and division , white preachers do not welcome poor blacks to thier churches .. but yet they teacing gods love and will? what ever
    this is why we can not progress , thats why black cops who grew up with hate is now abusing the only system set up to protect us ….
    in the 50s black marched and protested , now we dont have to do that , these big companys know this ., now twiitter and facebook is outting all racist , and their idea of a all white america .. and they still roll their eyes at you in stored and lok at you like you dont belong in the restaurant .
    we need to start boycotting any establishment that does not support us

    • Public_Programming on October 26, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Exactly.. and don’t forget the public school system.. that’s also a breeding ground for racism and wh1te supremacy. That’s where little black boys and girls are taught early that they were not even whole human beings and how they are considered ugly and less equal. It’s where black girls are taught their hair is bad and to hate themselves.. Blacks forget the whole police organization has roots in the KKK. That organization was never meant to protect and serve “us”.. unfortunately nothing will change until the black middle class falls into poverty and starts getting played out.. As long as they have the money to play rich, go out to eat and mingle with the racist mainstream no progress will be made.

  2. Truthis on October 25, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    So now it’s “your suffering”? Janay, I’m saying a prayer for you cause at this moment you are dealing with some serious issues!!
    And why would you RT such foolishness? Interesting how you don’t realize the role you continue to play in all this. Janay, please find yourself a good, give you the truth no matter what, therapist. You a have a daughter and this is the legacy you are leaving for her?!

    • Public_Programming on October 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      She’s a mess. Not a good look for that generation at all.. Can’t believe they don’t have a publicist to tell her to get offline anyway.. smh

  3. fed up in Cleveland on October 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Shame on you, RO, for posting the Rice family picture with this article. Their daughter is innocent. At least be tactful enough to crop her out.

  4. Carol Johnson on October 25, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    RO, why are you spreading the costume picture around if you’re so concerned?

  5. Likewaterforchoc on October 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    “Her suffering,” huh? Up to this point one would believe that she really didn’t suffer at all since she has been all-out campaigning against her husband being called to task for any of his actions. You can’t say that you’re standing by your man and also “suffering” from his act of violence against you.