The incident in tasteless reference is Baltimore Ravens‘ Rice knocking out his wife unconscious in an elevator and then dragging her out — all caught on video!
The man dressed up like the running back gripping the hair of a blow-up doll, which was later shared with Reddit’s Too Soon and generated a lot of controversy.
One commenter responded with, “you’re right, this is way too soon.” And another said, “this is disgusting. What part of a woman being knocked out unconscious is funny/appropriate for Halloween? Stop.”
Unfortunately there were other commenters who found the photo depicting domestic violence to be humorous — one of which brought racism into the discussion. “But how can I pull off Blackface, become unemployed, and shrink 3 inches?”
Click to Empower is a site dedicated to survivors of domestic violence. According to the site, 1 in 4 women report domestic violence in the lives — including 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths.
Watch reactions to the costume below: