Halloween is not a competition, but if there was an award for Most Socially Conscious, Necessary, and All-Around Stellar Costume, it would go to Casey Pearlman and Yasmin Idris: two teens from Laguna Niguel, California who decided to dress up as superheroes. But they’re not just any superheroes. They’re “Juslims.”
Casey is being raised Jewish, while Yasmin is being raised Muslim. During a car ride last year, they were discussing things their religions had in common, and decided to call these attributes “Juslim.” The name stuck, and when deciding what to be for Halloween, they returned to the idea.
The Juslims’ superpower is “to watch each other’s back,” Yasmin told BuzzFeed News. “We’re a super team, like friends forever.” To make their costumes, the girls drew their “JM” logo on T-shirts complete with disclaimers to let their school know they didn’t intend for the costumes to be religious or offensive. They also made capes with the logo in glitter glue.
Casey’s dad is a bestselling author, and when he tweeted out a photo of their costumes, it went viral. Like, very viral, by Twitter standards.
While the pair didn’t intend to make a political or social statement, they realize that the social implications are what’s resonating with people on social media, particularly those who are sick of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric. Trump has famously vowed to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
“Me and Yasmin both disagree with almost everything that [Trump’s] deciding to do,” Casey told BuzzFeed. “That didn’t at first influence our costume idea. But when we realized it was standing up to what he believes in, that kind of made me really happy.”
Leave it to two 13-year-olds to singlehandedly prove that 2016 isn’t all bad news.
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