Every Halloween brings with it that a new crop of current events-inspired costumes that some believe to be in bad taste -- but this year's fare is shaping up to be a doozy. As the Internet leaned last week, costume retailers are already creating outfits inspired by Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover, through which she announced to the world that she is a trans woman.
Many LGBT advocates and supporters of Jenner were not happy, calling the costumes transphobic (most of them are categorized as "men's costumes") and insulting. But
in a recent interview with "TODAY" show, the woman herself admitted that she doesn't have a problem with them.
"I'm in on the joke. I don't think it's offensive at all," Jenner told Matt Lauer. "I know the community does and they've gotten a lot of criticism for doing it. I think it's great."
In fact, she seemed to be more bothered by the poor quality of the costume than the transphobic message it might send. "I mean, that was a serious bustier on the cover of Vanity Fair," she joked. "At least get some good clothes. You've got to enjoy life. Life's too short. I can't get too upset about that type of stuff."
This wouldn't be the first time Caitlyn Jenner's personal opinions have deviated from that of many LGBT activists and members of the trans community. A recent episode of her reality series, "I Am Cait," found her confronting her own privilege as a wealthy celebrity who doesn't face the same struggles as other trans people. She also disclosed to Ellen DeGeneres in an interview yesterday that she still has trouble fitting the idea of gay marriage into her conservative world view.
"I kind of liked tradition, and it's always been a man and a woman," Jenner said. "And I'm thinking, 'I don't quite get it.' But as time has gone on, I think a lot of people on this issue have really changed their thinking here. I don't want to stand in front of anybody's happiness."
The "TODAY" show interview airs in two parts today (September 9) and tomorrow (September 10).