You know, it's entirely possible that I'm reading too much into this. And it's not like there's such a shortage of things to be outraged about that I have to go looking for stuff. But something about the name of this Halloween product struck me as... odd.
In case you can't read it in the picture, this item is a "Hibrow Disguise."
So, maybe I have an overactive imagination -- but when I first saw these on the shelves, it seemed to me to be just barely possible that somebody at the Paper Magic Group of Scranton was trying, by deftly substituting two vowels, to suggest that there was something archetypically Hebrew-looking about the big, bewarted hook nose and the bushy eyebrows and mustache and corrective eye-wear.
What's up with that spelling, for one thing? Why not "Highbrow Disguise"? For that matter, I had never in my life prior to seeing this item at the drugstore (I first saw it last year, in fact, but did not have the power to blog about it then) heard an item of this type referred to as a "Hibrow disguise," or even a "Highbrow disguise." The description I hear most often is "Groucho glasses." But maybe they can't use that term anymore -- perhaps there was some trouble with the Marx estate, or maybe they decided that the name "Groucho" just doesn't have the same kind of drawing power it used to.
Anyway. I'm just having trouble thinking of any reason they would call this a "Hibrow disguise" except for the sly near-rhyme with "Hebrew." It's not especially high-brow, in the upper-class or cultured sense. I guess "Hibrow" could be a play on "eyebrow" -- the fake eyebrows are, indeed, key elements of the ensemble. But that's kind of a stretch.
But, hey, Paper Magic Group, if you're really going for the Jewish reference, why be coy? Why not just come out and print "JEW NOSE" in big letters on the top of your package? Or "HEEB FACE"? Or "YID GLASSES"?
Disclaimer: I grew up Episcopalian. Do I even have a right to be outraged by this? What would the Paper Magic Group's "E-shmisco-shmalian Disguise" look like? (Tasteful wire frames, neatly-trimmed beard or goatee, the smell of mid-price Cabernet on the breath?)
UNRELATED TO ALL OF THE ABOVE:
Anybody ever throw up so hard you burst a blood vessel in your eye? I'm pretty sure that's what happened to me last Sunday night. I mean, there definitely was some forceful vomiting, and then the next day my eyes were more bloodshot than usual, with one big ol' red blotch in the white of one eye and another blotch on the skin near the eyelid, so... at the risk of being all post hoc ergo propter hoc, I'm not sure what else could have caused it. I'm still not sure what caused the vomiting itself; I didn't eat anything unusual or spoilt that day. Anyway, I'm glad it's over with. And if anybody was offended or turned off about all the "Hibrow/Hebrew" stuff above, you can just ignore all that and pretend that this has been a post entirely about me vomiting so hard I burst some blood vessels.